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Areas that need to be given special attention while waterproofing

Waterproofing a home is no longer an option, but a must. It is as important as the home itself because if you do not waterproof your home, you have to be prepared to spend more money every year on repairs. In fact, waterproofing has become an integral part of any home construction or repair project.

Following are the areas of your home that need special attention while waterproofing.

The roof:

The roof is constantly exposed to the elements, and it is standard procedure to waterproof the terrace or roof when a house is built or repaired. However, it is important to note the following areas need special attention when doing so.

  1. Pipes that cross over the roof and lead to the house beneath.
  2. Areas that house the water tank, electrical wires or cabling, AC unit bases and dish antennae.
  3. The drainage areas especially the slope and the outlets meant to empty rain water.
  4. The threshold of the terrace staircase door, leading down into the house.

The roof

External walls:

Like the terrace, external walls are exposed to the elements, especially harsh sunlight and rains.
External walls
cover construction joints and fill the spaces in the RCC frame containing slabs, beams and columns. Therefore, the wall is susceptible to leakages if waterproofing is not done properly. Special attention should be paid to repair separation gaps, existing dampness and seepage, and cracks in the wall. Then an even layer of a high-performance water coating that will prevent water from seeping through to the inner walls.

External walls

Internal walls:

When water seeps in, tell-tale signs first appear on internal walls. Damp patches and efflorescence are external signs to look out for. Water and dampness can occur even from the high ground water table, and leakage from walls of adjoining wet areas. Another area to watch out for is the gap between the window frame and the masonry, which can cause leakage problems.  When waterproofing internal walls, care should be taken to ensure that the waterproofing is professionally executed.

Internal walls

All wet areas:

All wet areas

This includes the bathrooms, balconies and areas around any sinks in your home, such as the kitchen sink and corresponding backsplash. Special care has to be taken for a watertight bond between PVC and cement surface, to use a good quality grout for filling gaps around pipes, the right sealant for sunken portions as well as splash zones and the right treatment for the angle fillet in wet areas.

When you are building a new home, ensure that you use quality products, meant for each of these areas.  In addition, Ground surface treatment adjacent to the building should be done to direct surface water away. Waterproofing ensures that you live life stress-free in your Happy Home!

About Sharon D'Souza

Sharon Colaco DSouza is a professional content strategist and an interiors stylist. She is passionate about home décor, and runs a décor blog called The Keybunch. She is also the founder of Décor Drama, a popular online community for décor lovers. She is a published features writer and author. Do follow her latest series on The Huffington Post where she blogs about using vintage items in modern décor arrangements. She works from her home office in Pune, which she shares with her science-buff family consisting of a husband and two young kids.

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