Waterproofing should be a basic consideration for any building or house that you own. Without it, your home and property are at risk of damage. That’s why waterproofing is not only a building requirement but also a first consideration when designing any kind of indoor space.
Know the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure”? This is very true in the case of waterproofing. You’ll save the most money by relying on strong preventative measures in keeping water out of your home than by investing in leak repair services when water has already dealt significant damage to your property. Most good waterproofing services revolve around integrating waterproofing measures and systems into your home design than repair work.
What places should you waterproof?
It’s common sense that you shouldn’t spare any expenses when it comes to waterproofing. Doing a subpar job when it comes to waterproofing can leave weak spots that can be easily exploited by water. But there are some spots that you should pay extra attention to because they are more vulnerable to the effects of water leakage and damage. These are:
- Wet rooms. Common examples include bathrooms and washrooms. These are areas that are meant to be exposed to water constantly. To prevent water from leaking or pooling into other rooms, you need excellent plumbing and drainage systems, as well as build these areas with materials that are water-resistant so they can withstand long periods of usage.
- Roofs are your first defence against storms, wind, rain, and other elements. If you’re experiencing water problems after heavy rainfall, there’s a huge chance that you have issues with your home’s roof. When designing a house, you must take roof waterproofing measures very seriously. Decisions on roof materials and the installation and repair of your roof should be monitored carefully.
- Basements are another noteworthy area of your house that can be susceptible to water leaks. Any issues with your plumbing, or water seeping from aboveground areas can quickly turn your basement into a very humid, mouldy, musty, and smelly breeding ground for pests. Make sure that your basements have proper drainage or water systems and are well-ventilated.
- Exterior walls and areas. For the same reason you should waterproof your roof, you should also take measures to protect the exterior of your building. The exterior walls of your house will be constantly exposed to moisture and even a few measures can increase the longevity of your house.
The structure of your house should be your first concern when it comes to waterproofing. Structural damage due to water is a very real issue that can easily turn dangerous if one is not prepared for it.
Consult a waterproofing specialist in Singapore for further assistance regarding the types of waterproofing systems and materials that are best suited for your house. Some solutions are more suited for certain types of homes and buildings than others.
Waterproofing concrete buildings and homes
Many types of homes have concrete foundations or have large parts of their homes built out of concrete. If your house has either of these, you should consider waterproofing the concrete so the interior of your home stays dry.
In actuality, concrete is more water-resistant than many other kinds of building material, though it does erode over time. The main reason for waterproofing these houses is that concrete is usually reinforced with steel, and any gaps or cracks within the concrete can let water seep in and reach the metal. If it rusts, this can pose a safety risk for everyone inhabiting the building.
Not only that, untreated concrete can begin to degrade after a short time. Take a stroll through the streets and you’ll see the effects on old sidewalks or houses. Surface damage can ruin the image of your house, and worse yet, if you see surface damage then the interior of the concrete foundation is most probably damaged as well. Waterproofing isn’t just a matter of protecting yourself from pesky water leaks or flooding in your house, but for your safety and security as well.
Contact a waterproofing company to provide you with services such as caulking or concrete patching (this refers to the act of filling joints or cracks on surfaces), as well as waterproofing membranes that act as a protective layer over the concrete surface.
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