Waterproofing – Types and Advantages
Who doesn’t like to sip hot tea and eat pakoras in the monsoon showers? Of course, You and I love it. But the one that doesn’t feel the same excitement is your house when surrounded by the ground with an imbalanced water level due to heavy rains. With rain comes uninvited nasty, foul leaked water in your structure. But you needn’t panic because it’s not just your plight alone. 60% of the homeowners in the country are already finding means to deal with such water nuisance eventually. Water can penetrate through cracks in walls or floors or porous masonry surfaces. The joint where the poured concrete floor gets in contact with the wall can also be an open invitation for water ingress. The best way to avoid all this chaos is Waterproofing.
What is Waterproofing?
Waterproofing is the best solution to protect your homes from water attacks. When you waterproof your house, you reduce the humidity inside your structure. This will prevent water exposure and protect your home from severe water damage. Therefore, it is essential to waterproof your house before it’s too late. This provides health and integrity to your structure. As been estimated, Waterproofing incurs only 1% of the construction cost. But, if not paid attention to, it can cause 90% of the damage to your structure due to the water ingress.
Why should you use Waterproofing?
Waterproofing protects your home from unwanted moisture and increases your structure’s value. In addition, it maintains the structural integrity of your home as it doesn’t allow molds or mildew growth which affects your health badly. To avoid your home’s unhealthy living atmosphere and weak foundations, you should waterproof your structure. In addition, waterproofing systems also allow additional usable space. This increases the utility of your home’s square footage. Most importantly, it protects your home from consequential damage.
Signs that your structure needs Waterproofing
Waterproofing acts as a barrier for your building against various problems due to water attacks. This water damage can be seen in the form of:
- Rotting timber frames and finishes like floors, studs, beams, floor joints, skirting, architraves, etc.
- Blistering of paints
- Electrical hazards that can lead to short-circuiting.
- Deterioration of the building facade.
- Unhealthy conditions due to dampness often lead to respiratory problems.
- Swelling up of the plasterboards.
- Debonding of ceramic tiles.
- Corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete, lintels, steel beams, metal door frames, etc.
Sources and causes of Leakage in your home
Sources of leakages
- subsoil water rising from its level due to capillary action
- cracks or fissures in the external plaster
- vegetative growth
- from expansion joints
- separation gaps between partition wall and beams and the columns
Causes of leakages
- Porous structure
- Faulty structural design
- Use of inferior quality construction material
- Inappropriate method of construction
- Improper slopes on top surfaces
Where should Waterproofing be installed?
- The basement of the building
- Kitchen, Toilet, and Bathroom
- Balcony areas
- Roof /Terrace
- Swimming Pool
- Water Tanks
How long can Waterproofing last?
When you choose the quality waterproofing for your structure, you ensure that it will last you for no less than ten years. But at the same time, when you opt for a faulty Waterproof system, your structure will have to suffer in the future. Therefore, we advise you to avoid poor workmanship and poor quality product. Instead, we recommend you choose from Magicrete’s wide range of waterproofing products that will last you much longer. For more information, visit the MagicShield field.
What is a bituminous sheet?
Bitumen sheet is the well-known and most suitable waterproofing material for your structure. These sheets are hydrophobic. When installing bitumen sheets, you ensure that no water enters your building. It finds its use as a shield for your roofing against the water attack. These membranes also serve as water repellents for basements, bridges, and other structures.
How do you waterproof a wall?
It is essential to waterproof your walls to keep away the water problems. Choose a rich quality waterproofing product for your walls.
Before you waterproof your walls, you will need to remove the existing putty. Next, smooth out the subsurface with a metal brush.
Next, we advise you to apply at least two coats of the selected waterproofing solution. This application will create a thick layer that will cover all the cracks in the wall. In addition, it will also protect your wall from mold or mildew growth. After you waterproof your wall, apply a layer of putty, a primer, and go with the two coats of your selected waterproofing paint. We suggest you use Magicrete’s innovative WallPRO Waterproofing solution for your walls.
Is bathroom waterproofing necessary?
The bathroom is the place where water attacks are the constant factor. The main wet area of your house is your bathroom, and hence it often falls victim to mold and mildew. This is the main reason you keep remodeling your bathroom more than any other room in your home. It would help if you had efficient moisture protection so that your bathroom functions well for decades with no compromise in the overall look. Magicrete, therefore, recommends you opt for waterproofing membranes to avoid severe damage from water. Install a waterproofing barrier around the floor, the walls of the bathroom, and the shower.
What is basement waterproofing?
The most promising solution for protecting your basement from flooding is to waterproof your basement. The installation of the interior drainage system will cut back the hydrostatic pressure at a pinch. The process involves installing a drain system with a sump pump along the joint where the concrete floor meets the wall. In addition, you need an external drainage system for exterior waterproofing ( basement walls) and protecting the foundation, i.e., a French Drain.
What is reverse Waterproofing?
Also known as negative side waterproofing, reverse Waterproofing is done to the interior or dry side of the foundation or a wall. It acts as a barrier coat that restricts the water from leaking through the wall. Reverse Waterproofing usually finds application in tunnel areas while keeping the space dry.