Get waterproofing right

Did you know flooding, water damage and mould cause more damage to property than fires?

Lack of waterproofing on your building projects will teach you that it’s a big mistake and could completely destroy your hard work.

I believe the cost of waterproofing is what hinders people from taking necessary steps to protect their homes, but I promise that the protection it offers far outweighs the numerical value and will save you a lot of financial woe and drama in the future.

The first thing you need to know about waterproofing is that it’s not a job for amateurs. There are a lot of products on the market which seem easy to apply but you need to know they are ‘Band-Aid’ solutions at best, and at worst; are actually simply hiding issues and don’t fix a thing.

You need to waterproof areas in the obvious places like bathrooms, laundries and kitchens – where you will find running water. Showers must be thoroughly sealed for obvious reasons, but anywhere in the bathroom where the walls meet the floor should be professionally waterproofed as well.

Always waterproof basements before they are constructed. If you see signs of dampness, don’t just treat walls with a sealant, as this will only mask the problem. I would advise you contact a damp proofing specialist who will take care of the problem for you.

Consider waterproofing outdoor areas that are subject to the elements. Balconies (timber and concrete) need to be waterproofed. This includes the roof. Your roof needs to be thoroughly waterproofed. If water can get in- it will, and this will cause major issues such as timber rot or electrical faults long before you even realize an issue exists.

Without appropriate waterproofing, your house is subject to timber rot, where floors and ceilings can (and have) collapsed, or serious forms of concrete cancer which can mean the dilapidation of your entire home. Mould and mildew can also be a huge health hazard too. These fungi can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory problems.

So before you start construction on your home, always consult a professional about waterproofing as it can cause major issues in the future if not dealt with appropriately.

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