Waterproofing prevents moisture from penetrating the building and keeps the rooms dry and devoid of dampness. Moisture tends to spread from one area of the house to other and cause water damage to the items present inside the building. Water penetration also leads to mold growth and insect infestation and in many cases, can even cause structural failure of the building. Waterproofing helps in preventing all such problems associated with moisture penetration by keeping the moisture out of the building.
Chief Benefits of Waterproofing
There are many benefits of waterproofing a building. Some of them have been listed here:
- Waterproofing decreases the humidity levels in the building which in turn reduces the cost incurred in running humidifiers.
- Development of damp spots on walls and floors is prevented which decreases the potential for mold growth.
- Condensation from pipes, water tanks, and other equipment is prevented by waterproofing.
- Waterproofing provides protection against water damage to electrical components, walls, and floor. Water damage to walls and floor can lead to their collapse.
- Cracks do not develop in the walls and floor if waterproofing of the building is carried out.
- Waterproofing eliminates the problems of discolored or peeling paint and warped paneling.
- Foundation of the building is strengthened by waterproofing.
- Essential equipment such as water heaterare protected against damage.
- Air quality is improved because airborne toxins produced by mold spores are not present in the atmosphere.
- The musty smell caused by dampness is eliminated from the building.
- Waterproofing systems are available for both interior and exterior installation depending upon the level of water damage and the owner’s preference. Many affordable waterproofing options are available for buildings with some do-it-yourself options too.
- It is well known that water damage compromises the structural integrity of the property and mold formation makes the environment very unhealthy. Moisture penetration also causes decaying of wood and rusting of metal. All such factors contribute negatively to the resale value of the property. Thus, waterproofing enhances the value of the property by eliminating all such problems. Furthermore, waterproofing of the basement makes it usable which increases the building’s square footage, and this also contributes to improving the value of the property.
What are The Types of Waterproofing?
There are a plethora of methods of waterproofing. Some have been mentioned here:
Brick Bet waterproofing- Brick bet waterproofing is used to seal the cracks and areas of water leakage. China mosaic tiles are used in this method to make the covering and hide the dirty marks.
Cementitious waterproofing- Cementitious waterproofing is usually semi-flexible but can also be rigid. It is mainly used in internal wet areas such as a toilet.
Poly-acrylic chemical waterproofing- In this method, the poly-acrylic chemical solution is used to seal the leakages or breakages on the walls and terrace. This chemical acts as a solid waterproof base and at the same time protects the structural integrity of the building. White cement is put on the surface after sealing the cracks with a poly-acrylic chemical solution.
Liquid waterproofing membrane- The liquid layer used in this type of waterproofing is a thin coating comprising of a primer coat and two top coats. This membrane is very flexible and can elongate by about 280%. The durability of the liquid waterproofing membrane is dependent on the type of polymer used in making it.
Bituminous waterproof membrane- Bituminous waterproofing membrane is of two types namely Torch on membrane and Self-adhesive membrane. Torch on membrane is easy to apply and has a long shelf life. Self-adhesive membrane, on the other hand, loses its bonding properties rapidly and must be used fast.