Dampness is a common problem amongst homeowners in our country. Damp walls don’t just mar the aesthetics of your place but they are also hazardous to your health. Damp walls become a breeding ground for moulds and fungus.
Your home is your haven, where you want to relax without having to worry about anything. Hence, waterproofing your home is non-negotiable if you want to lie in bed every night without worrying about damp walls and severe structural damages that can be fatal.
Never waterproofed your home before and don’t know where to begin? We have come up with a complete guide that will help you waterproof your home thoroughly in 2022.
Waterproofing during construction
The best way to waterproof is not to wait for the damp walls to appear but rather waterproof your home as a preventive measure. You must waterproof your home during construction to save your time and money in the long run. You can use a good quality liquid waterproofing compound, mix it with the cement and sand and apply it to your foundation, roof slabs, basement and brickworks.
Waterproofing your terrace
Your terrace is highly susceptible to water leakage due to rainwater. If you don’t waterproof your terrace, then the water from the terrace will seep into the ceiling and the internal walls of your home. While you can use conventional terrace waterproofing materials like brickbat Coba, they are not flexible and resistant to weather fluctuation causing them to crack easily. Hence, it is recommended that you use modern-day waterproofing solutions as they are highly flexible and contract and expand with ease depending on the weather fluctuations.
Remember that before you waterproof your terrace, you must fill all the existing cracks with a crack fill paste or a polymer-modified mortar and let them dry completely before you proceed with the waterproofing work.
Waterproofing your bathroom
If your bathroom is not waterproofed and the tiling is not done properly, then the water will seep through them and dampen your bathroom walls. This dampness will ruin not only the aesthetics of your powder room but also cause an unhygienic environment for your family. Poor workmanship can lead to bad quality toilet plumbing which can cause dampness in your bathroom. So, make sure to seal all the plumbing fittings with wall sleeves and use a waterproofing membrane for your bathroom floors and walls.
Waterproofing your external & internal walls
Your external walls are perpetually exposed to harsh weather conditions. Hence, make sure that you use a waterproofing solution on them before you paint them. It would be best if you waterproofed your internal walls too as the last thing you want is damp patches on your internal walls every monsoon. Remember to do a thorough surface preparation before you use a waterproofer on your walls. We are talking about everything from filling the holes and cracks on the walls to sanding the walls to create a smooth and even surface for the waterproofing solutions to bond better.
Waterproofing your basement
Your house basement is another problematic area that needs to be waterproofed to avoid dampness issues. Use a high-quality sealant and waterproofing coating for your basement so that the water doesn’t seep into the basement walls and ruin the interior walls of your home.
Waterproofing your water tank
If you have a water tank on your roof, then you must waterproof it to ensure that there is no water contamination. By waterproofing the inside of your water tank with an acrylic cementitious waterproof coating, you can ensure that the high water pressure doesn’t increase the water permeability inside the concrete water tank and protect your home from water leakage from the tank.
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