A home is often one of the most important assets in a person’s life. You work hard towards not only obtaining, but also sustaining it once you become a homeowner. For many, sustainability means taking the necessary steps to ensure the best protection of their home and prevention against potential damage.
It is essential to waterproof your house. Interior areas of our house must be kept dry from roof to basement. Water infiltration can lead to damages such as insect infestation, mold and in worst cases building failures. Waterproofing the house before construction will avoid these problems. If you waterproof your home, it will prevent damage later. During monsoon rain, we will come across the problem of water seepage from the ceiling or water getting clotted in the terrace which results in seepage.
What is Waterproofing?
Waterproofing is a method which prevents water from penetrating your house. Waterproofing is very important as it keep your house dry. It helps reduce humidity inside the house and there by protects things inside your house from damage caused due to humidity or water exposure. It is also important for the veracity of the building.
Internal areas that are waterproofed include bathrooms, shower recesses, laundries and toilets. Whilst external areas that are waterproofed extend to roofs, planter boxes, podiums, balconies, retaining walls and swimming pools.
Advantages of Waterproofing:
Waterproofing increases your house’s value, which is a biggest advantage. This system prevents unwanted moisture which allows mold to grow. Mold can impact our health in a negative way. For instance, the formation of mold and mildew can lead to health issues, affecting the respiratory system and triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. It also prevents water damage which can ruin the structural integrity of a home. Moisture causes metals to rust and wood to decay. Unhealthy situation and weak foundations will affect property value.
Types of Waterproofing:
- Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane
- Liquid Elastomeric Membrane
- Torch-on Membrane
Common Causes of Water Leakage are:
- leakage in the drainage pipes of your flat or one above or adjacent to your flat;
- leakage in the water supply pipes of your flat or one above or adjacent to your flat;
- deteriorated waterproofing of floor slabs or bathtub seals; and
- seepage of waste water or rain water through the roof or external wall.
Symptoms of Water Leakages
- Dampness on a section of a wall or floor
- Localized wetness that seems to be oozing or even trickling from a wall or floor. It usually appears during heavy rain.
- Paint bubbling, flaking, peeling