A homeowner’s first line of protection against incremental structural weakening caused by water seeping into a house from above and below is proper waterproofing. As a result, waterproofing should be one of the first changes a homeowner considers, as it is much easier, and more cost-effective, to prevent rather than suffer a disaster in the future.
To comprehend why waterproofing is so important, you must first comprehend its meaning and work. Waterproofing is the method of making an item water resistant. It can be done on everything from raincoats to paper milk and juice cartons, but we’re interested in waterproofing as it relates to housing in this article. ContractorsIn Roofing & Waterproofing has some nice tips on this.
Sealant and waterproofing are needed for interior and exterior walls, roofs, foundations, basements, pipes, and joints. It’s not as easy as slapping a fresh coat of paint over the mildew on the bathroom ceiling or adding marine glue to the place where the edge of the kitchen sink meets the wall tiles to waterproof a house and its fittings. This merely masks the issue rather than resolving it. When done correctly, home waterproofing helps to avoid and cure water damage over time, rather than simply concealing damage that has already occurred.
So, why is waterproofing necessary? To begin with, it shields your house, as well as you and your family, from harsh and constant conditions such as the sun, rain, and humidity. Waterproofing measures will go a long way toward minimising serious structural damage, as it is the constant effect of weather on a house that causes damage in the first place. Waterproofing keeps out all the creepy crawlies that come in through holes where there is no waterproofing, as well as preventing health issues caused by mould spores and damp interior walls. Waterproofing your belongings often prevents them from mildew and water damage. A house without proper waterproofing will continue to cause problems and will cost more to repair in the long run. In this situation, prevention is better than cure, and a small investment now will save you a lot of money later. If your home is not well insulated from the elements, you can also pay extra for interior heating and cooling.
For the reasons mentioned above, your home should always be adequately waterproofed, but some homes need more stringent measures than others. Roofs are pitched for a reason: to allow water to drain off, but a flat roof will sometimes appear. If you have a flat roof on your home, you will almost certainly need to waterproof it on a regular basis because water collects easily on flat roofs and seeps in. Waterproofing is a’must’ for homes with basements because water soaks into the walls and rises through the capillary effect. Where there is soil on the other side of a wall, split-level houses constructed on earth slopes or mountain sides often need waterproofing, as the lack of it can cause walls to be cold and damp, or sweat moisture.
It’s a good idea to check your home for signs of water damage on a regular basis, both inside and out, and not to ignore tiny cracks because water can get in, grow larger, and cost more money and effort to fix in the long run. Paint that is peeling or ‘bubbling’ indicates that water damage has already occurred and that waterproofing is needed. Also, ensure that your gutters are clean and that there is enough drainage around the exterior of your home; there should be no pools of standing water against or at the base of exterior walls.