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Monsoon-Proof your exterior walls

How to Monsoon-Proof your exterior walls

With heavy downpour falls a dark cast of external damage on the exterior walls of your home. Monsoon offers breathtaking views but when it comes to outside walls, it can be a disappointing sight. To flip the scenario and retain the walls’ appeal, take the following steps.

Waterproof preparation

Preparing the walls for waterproofing is as essential as the actual act of waterproofing itself. This means that you need to use a good-quality filler to repair cracks and patch holes. Sand away rough, uneven areas, remove dust by cleaning the surface with water and let the walls dry completely to ensure a good adhesion. Then move ahead to the rest of the waterproofing process.

Check walls for faults

Rains tend to expose other issues, which may have happened earlier. Hence it is important to eliminate other causes of structural dampness as well. It could be anything, from cracks in your bricks or condensation within the wall to a burst water pipe. These causes simply exaggerate the monsoon effect. Once this issue is fixed, waterproofing can be applied as a preventative measure.

Waterproofing walls

 

Final step

Exterior walls are among the largest surface areas exposed to rain and consequent fungal attack. Waterproofing is achieved by providing adequate wall thickness, proper home exterior design, surface rendering and finishes to serve as a barrier against water ingress. Use Dr. Fixit Raincoat for waterproofing purposes. It is twice as thick as normal paint, resistant to algae and fungus. The best part, it is available in more than 700 shades.

Use plaster-waterproofing additive

Plastering makes walls more solid and protects them against moisture ingress. Water infiltration problems can reoccur, which can be prevented by simply adding a waterproofing admixture to the plaster.

Test the application

Conducting a water-tightness test is very important to evaluate the effectiveness of the products used for waterproofing exterior walls. For this test, water should be sprayed on the wall surface for a couple of hours, keeping the nozzle at a 30-degree angle. If a moisture meter shows there is no moisture – Congratulations, you’ve passed the test!

By waterproofing exterior walls, you’ll not only prevent serious damage but also boost the value of your happy home. Get all geared up and welcome the monsoon knocking at your door!

About Esha Gupta

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Design Pataki is a curated online magazine, online store & design lab. The heart of Design Pataki lies in great design. That is what we are deeply passionate about and celebrate everyday.

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