One of the primary pain points of homeowners and renters alike is that unwanted smear of water seeping in through the walls, destroying the aesthetic of your home. Water seepage is not just an unsightly blemish on your walls, it’s also a potential health hazard if left unchecked. The tiny fragments and flakes that tend to drift off from walls suffering from a water seepage can be hazardous to those with a high sensitivity to dust and grime. So, what’s the best way to avoid these unwanted experiences? The answer you’re looking for is effective waterproofing.
What does waterproofing mean?
Waterproofing is protecting a surface from not getting damaged by the entry of water. Contrary to popular belief, It’s more of a preventive measure rather than something to be done after the fact.
There are 2 ways of looking at waterproofing:
Positive side waterproofing: This is where you locate the source and put a stop to it right there. This way, you are able to get to the root of the problem and cut it off, so that the recurrence of the issue is avoided. This is a more permanent solution than the less preferred alternative.
Negative side waterproofing- This occurs when the source is not able to be identified or the source is identified but inaccessible.
What are the warning signs to show you need waterproofing?
Ideally speaking, waterproofing is done when the potential for water seepage is identified and the preventive measures are taken before the seepage even occurs. If you’re a homeowner or a tenant, the best thing to do is to try and identify the spots where potential water seepage can occur. You can look for cracks in the RCC, plaster, blistering in external paint, moisture wetness and signs of capillary dampness. Keep an eye out from the skirting of the floor to about one to two feet upwards for any patchy formations on the wall or water marks or stain marks on the wall.
Sometimes, when there has been some repair work carried out, the repair team drills for pipes but forget to plaster or do patchwork around it. This kind of negligence could also lead to seepage. The most prone areas are those that tend to collect water over time such as your terrace or balcony walls, or even those prone to prolonged moisture exposure such as the kitchen or bathroom walls.
As you can imagine, the benefits of early identification of potential water seepage far outweigh the costs you may have to incur if you are late to identify the trouble. It is advisable to bring in the experts early on, even at the stage of building construction, for an advisory opinion to ensure the proper waterproofing techniques are being implemented in your home. Aapka painter has partnered with some of the leading waterproofing experts in the country to bring you a holistic and comprehensive solution for all your waterproofing woes. Give us a call today to get a free consultation and identify the trouble before it gets out of hand!