Imagine what would happen if the roofs or terraces in Indian homes are not water-proofed. Considering the amount of rainfall that India receives, people would have to live in with their raincoats on! It is crucial to concentrate on the robustness and have a perfect blueprint while constructing a dream home. However, waterproofing is equally important in your house. Many a time, especially during monsoons, water accumulates on the terrace if it is not provided the correct slope. The water slowly seeps into the structure and finally into the house, leading to a lot of unwanted mess. Such and many more issues can be curbed by waterproofing the house during construction itself.
Why Must You Do It?
In simple terms, waterproofing in a home is carried out to prevent water from seeping into the building’s structure to avoiding potential damage. Water generally seeps through pores of concrete, brick masonry and conventional roofs. When the structure is waterproofed, it stops water from passing through it, thereby keeping it dry and strong.
A lot of houses and other building structures without a proper waterproofing system have undergone severe damage leading to a lot of expense. Dampness destroys fixed furniture, rusts metal, decays wood, cause foul odour and destroys prized possessions. Sometimes, the impact is so drastic that it damages the foundation of the house. Having a proper waterproofing system in your house guarantees that your house stays protected.
The key areas that require waterproofing in a home are:
- Bathrooms – Floor and walls
- Kitchen – Floor and walls having concealed water pipes upto the height of the highest water outlet
- Roof/ terrace – Entire floor area and parapet
- Chajjas – Entire top area including edges
- Basement – Floor and walls
- Overhead water tanks and underground water tanks – All inner walls and floor
- Swimming pools – All inner walls and floor
Waterproofing your house also prevents the corrosion of TMT steel reinforced in concrete, which plays a major role in holding the entire structure erect. It prevents humidity and dampness, peeling of paint and rotting and degeneration of timber. A waterproofed home requires less maintenance, increases the market value of your property and retains its aesthetic appeal. But above all, it ensures that your family stays healthy and protected in your house.
How Do You Do It?
The best way to waterproof your house is during construction itself. From the basement right up to the terrace and even water tanks, it is imperative to waterproof all water-exposed areas. Although there are several effective solutions, chemical waterproofing method is the most recommended.
Poly Acrylic Chemical Coat Waterproofing
It is one of the most effective and advanced waterproofing techniques. This high quality method is used to seal cracks and openings on terraces and walls. This ensures that there is no seepage, and protects and preserves the construction for a long period of time. Usually two coatings of poly acrylic chemical of high quality form a strong waterproof base.
Older techniques such as brick bat coba are not recommended by structural engineers but are still in practice today. This is mainly due to low initial cost. However, the cost of replacing and repairing these systems is higher than chemical waterproofing. Chemical waterproofing is done by expert professionals during construction and comes with upto seven years of manufacturer’s warranty.
Is It a One-Time Thing?
Once you have waterproofed your house, either during construction or after, it is an area that requires your attention every now and then. But there are several things you can do yourself, in order to maintain this. Repairing rain gutters, cracks in concrete and rusty fixtures are a few of the simple things that to ensure that your home remains waterproofed.
The next time you plan to have a new house or repair the current one, remember that waterproofing plays a very important role to keep your home strong and beautiful.