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Useful tips and cost saving advice to help you with your waterproofing project

This is the best time to take stock of your house and assess any repairs that might be required. The blistering heat right now will soon be replaced by afternoon showers and the monsoons, across the country, making home repairs difficult. Effective waterproofing for your home also assumes critical importance to ensure you are house ready for the rains.

Waterproofing, as you are aware, has several components to it, for instance, the right product for the problem, the surface material (concrete, cement, plaster, metal, glass, plastic, stone or ceramic), the extent of the problem, its location (basement, interior or exterior) – all of which determine the solution that you opt for. Each of these specific areas that are listed has specially formulated products that address them in unique ways.

As in any other project, before you begin, it is important to assess the cost implications, products or solutions, time required for repairs and its efficacy.

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Therefore, before you initiate the process of waterproofing, take the time to identify the problem, and enlist the aid of an expert if required. Check here Dr Fixit for waterproofing solutions and contact details.

For instance, the external walls bear the brunt of extreme weather conditions, which necessitates complete protection from natural elements for a prolonged period. In such a case, a coating film with high thickness, flexibility and breathable properties makes sense as it is much tougher compared to any conventional paint film. Dr. Fixit Waterproof coatings not only prevent the ingress of water but also give a decorative finish to exteriors. Therefore, while opting for repairs on exterior walls, this is a preferred option.

Similarly, when repairing the roof which is the most important wall of the building as it is always exposed to inclement weather and is often the source of leakage in a house. It is advisable to opt for Dr. Fixit Waterproofing, an effective terrace waterproofing method which is UV resistant and thick elastomeric coatings. When applied on top of Brickbat coba or China mosaic, they form a film which is flexible to accommodate movements in the surface, bridge cracks, and thereby prevent the ingress of water. On the other hand, the conventional remedy to this problem is to remove the existing system like Brickbat coba (BBC) and re-lay the same after waterproofing the slab. This is time consuming, highly inconvenient and may damage the roof. Knowing about possible solutions when carrying out repairs helps you make informed decisions that are cost effective too.

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Remember that not using the right product would only add to your woes, it will not resolve the problem 100% and it might offer only a temporary solution, which will cost you more to repair again. And, in fact, in the interim it might cause more damage.

To summarize,

  • Identify the problem area and its location.
  • Determine the nature of the problem – is it cracks in walls, roof or floor, broken or leaking pipes, gap between the
  • window frame and the wall, broken tiles or blocked drainage?
  • Opt for expert guidance, which will save you money by helping you choose the right product.
  • Assess if it is possible to do it yourself or if you need expert help with it.

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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