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How Waterproofing Helps Extend The Life Of The Structure

Waterproofing isn’t a new world phenomenon. As early as 3500 BC, the Egyptians were using bitumen emulsion to protect the tombs against the flooding of the Nile. In fact, waterproofing is among the oldest trades, third only to carpentry and masonry. And yet, even in 2016, so many of us remain treacherously unaware of its integral importance in protecting our homes and buildings from the unrelenting blows of water damage.
The truth is that water can be one of the most damaging elements known to man, and flooding and water damage, along with the mold it causes, continues to be among the leading causes of property damage. It’s a problem building’s face all year round, and protecting your structure from water damage is essential, not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.
I often hear people bemoan the costs of waterproofing, citing it as a cause to not take the necessary steps to protect their building from water damage. In reality, waterproofing is far from an expensive indulgence; it’s an essential investment for a healthy structure with a long life.
Waterproofing is crucial to protect the foundation, roof, structure, possessions and most importantly the people who dwell inside a structure. While homeowners can control the use of water inside our home, we cannot control how water enters our home through rain or snowfall or heavy winds. Without appropriate waterproofing, these elements can threaten the integrity of the structures to stay protected against water and water damage.
The importance of waterproofing can’t be underestimated, as it is what will protect your structure from deteriorating over time. Here is how expert waterproofing helps in ensuring the safety and longevity of your house or building.
During construction, the inner parts of your building, like the frames, the foundations, wiring and insulation, as well as the floors, are exposed to the elements. Waterproofing your building materials during construction will help your building get a healthy, strong start, and promote its structural integrity. Dr. Fixit Pidiproof LW + is a trusted integral waterproofing solution, that
makes the plaster and concrete dense, so that voids do not form, and any capillaries carrying water are broken. This results in prevention of cracks and dampness, increases the strength of concrete, delays the corrosion of steel bars, and improves the workability of mortar. Such a preventive measure will definitely lead to a longer life for a structure.
A waterproofed foundation is a key to a strong and sustainable structure. As the foundation is being built, it is essential to take steps to keep it waterproof and seal it off from moisture. If the foundation is not protected, the capillary movement of water can make it rise from the soil to the building, passing through the foundation, and eventually to the walls. Protecting your building’s foundation with a bituminous based waterproofing liquid, like Dr. Fixit Soyseal, will promote the long-term stability of the structure.
Those damp patches on the ceiling are most often an indication that you may be dealing with a serious leak in the roof that is compromising the integrity of your structures. A weakened ceiling structure left unattended, can become a serious safety issue, and might also lead to damage in the surrounding walls. Correct waterproofing measures can prevent this damage and avoid steep expenses required to correct structural damages.
Water can leak into spaces near electrical wiring or electrical devices, creating a potentially severe fire issue. Waterproofing also ensures that the risks of electrical fire hazards are contained and minimized, making it one of the most important steps in ensuring the safety of your home.
Keeping water out from where it doesn’t belong is one of the best ways to ensure the longevity of your home. It is important to understand the requirements of your own structure and implement the best possible solutions to protect it. Dr. Fixit is a trusted name in comprehensive waterproofing solutions for every part of your structure. From your foundation to the roof, to the bathroom and external walls, they have a range of products that will protect your precious building from water damage.
Take a tip from our ancient ancestors who understood the importance of waterproofing, thousands of years ago. It’s indeed the first step towards ensuring prolonged structural integrity, and in making a home that keeps standing firm and strong for generations to come.

About Pratishtha Khan

pratishtha.khan@thehappyhomes.co.in'
Pratishtha Shrotriya Khan blogs at breakfastprojekt.com and spends a large chunk of her leisure time creating and sourcing practical and affordable DIY solutions for home decor. Selected as one of the JUICE Magazine's Super Bloggers in 2014, she divides her time between her profession as a content writer and her passion as a creator of pretty things to adorn her home in Mumbai.

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