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What Is Waterproofing?

What Is Waterproofing?

Water leaks are more likely to occur in structural components that come into touch with the water directly. Rainfall, a high-water table, malfunctioning conduits, stagnant water, etc. might all be contributing factors to the exposure to water.

The waterproofing of such structural components as the roofs, kitchens, bathrooms, exterior walls, swimming pools balconies, and basements, is frequently necessary.

Foundation Waterproofing

By taking measures to keep water from infiltrating your property, you are waterproofing it. It may cause mold growth, insect infestation, and, in the worst circumstances, structural failure. By waterproofing the home before construction, these issues can be avoided. Waterproofing your house will shield it from potential damage.

We all experience the issue of water seeping from the ceiling or becoming blocked in the terrace during the rainy season. Such issues will need a specialist as well as some fundamental understanding of the issue and its repair. To learn more about waterproofing and the many forms of foundation waterproofing, continue reading.

Why Waterproofing Is Important?

The greatest approach for safeguarding your property from water seepage in the long term is waterproofing.

  • Avoid Flooding: By directing water away from the foundation, you may stop it from inundating your home’s lower levels.
  • Safeguard Your Basement: By constructing a watertight barrier, water can be directed elsewhere, keeping everything, you store in your basement safe.
  • Decrease Moisture: A wet foundation provides a pathway for water to evaporation and upward movement, where it can assist the growth of mould, oxidise metal, and raise perceived temperatures.
  • Prevent Property Damage: Water may seriously harm your home’s foundation as well as your valuables, walls, and flooring.

Types Of Foundation Waterproofing

Either during construction or after, waterproofing might be carried out. Both waterproofing methods have advantages and disadvantages. Let’s get into more depth about various waterproofing kinds.

Cementitious Waterproofing

The simplest form of waterproofing in the building is cementitious. The suppliers of masonry goods may easily provide the components for cementitious waterproofing. They are very simple to combine and use.

The cementitious waterproofing technology is used in interior damp spaces like bathrooms. Because of this, the agreement and expansion procedure are not used.

Liquid Waterproofing Membranes Materials 

Liquid waterproofing products are another widely used waterproofing technique. The liquid waterproofing membrane technique uses a thin covering that is often placed in two layers with a priming coat between them using a trowel, roller, or sprayer.

Compared to cement-based waterproofing systems, it provides more flexibility. It is now utilised more often as a result. The type of polymer the manufacturer employs to create liquid waterproofing determines how long the waterproofing coating will last.

The spray-applied liquid membrane made of polymer-modified asphalt may be used to create the liquid waterproofing membrane. Diverse producers additionally provide distinct grades of hybrid, polyurethane or acrylic liquid membranes for roller, spray or trowel.

Bitumen Waterproofing

Bitumen (asphalt) is a viscous, sticky material with high durability and resistance to harsh weather. Bitumen coating is another name for the process of bitumen spraying onto surfaces. Although these emulsions may be used right away, they are not UV-resistant. Spraying bitumen is a great option for concrete foundations.

On the other hand, bitumen membrane sheets are ideal for waterproofing basements, below-ground buildings, and roofs. Using tar-based adhesives, sheets are unrolled and put on the ground using blowtorches. While being extremely inexpensive, the substance is not regarded as environmentally benign because it is manufactured from crude oil.

Polyurethane Liquid Membrane

Utilized for flat roofs, this polyurethane liquid membrane is highly ductile and weather-resistant. To avoid membrane peeling or de-bonding, the moisture level should be evaluated before application because polyurethane is particularly sensitive to it.

Advantages of Waterproofing

The primary benefits of foundation waterproofing to safeguard and prolong the life of your surfaces are as follows:

  • It stops seepages from the walls and ceiling.
  • prevents the concrete floor from growing fractures.
  • Every necessity for waterproofing may be met by them.
  • It will lengthen a sturdy construction’s lifespan.
  • It stops reinforcement from rust and corrosion.
  • also guards against the moisture inside the structure.
  • This lowers the building’s maintenance cost.
  • The worth of the property might increase.
  • Your building is shielded from the rain and protected by it.
  • Creates surroundings that are more pleasant by lowering the interior temperature.
  • Decreased water absorption is possible.
  • It provides a healthy atmosphere and clear living area thanks to a solid waterproofing system.
  • It safeguards both the building’s contents and the occupants within.

Disadvantages of Waterproofing

  • In the heat of the summer, bitumen-based materials deteriorate because the black colour has a short shelf life owing to solvent evaporation.
  • The pot life of polyurethane protective coating is constrained, and water can accumulate beneath impermeable floor coatings.
  • The failure to manage the fractures leads to further leakage in cementation waterproofing.
  • The protective covering made of polyurethane shouldn’t be highly adaptable.
  • The protective layer made of polyurethane prevents concrete from naturally breathing.

Interior vs Exterior Waterproofing

There isn’t a single waterproofing membrane that works in every situation. Make sure you select a membrane that is made for the space you are waterproofing whether you are working on an exterior or interior waterproofing project.

The majority of waterproofing jobs can be completed over the course of a weekend with a little planning and preparation. Reviewing how long the waterproofing membrane takes to cure after the application is crucial before using newly waterproofed areas like bathrooms and driveways.

When foundation waterproofing outdoors, be careful to account for the weather. It is better to avoid applying membranes when it is too hot or cold, windy, or when rain is forecast.