Water can be detrimental to your home and to ensure that your home lasts for a long time in good condition, you need to provide it with the right protection. In this article, we are focusing on waterproofing. This has to be done on several key areas of the home that are vulnerable to moisture.
It can be so frustrating to have a leaking roof and it can also give rise to so many other problems like the growth of mould and water damage. If you have an attic, this will be the first place to go when the roof starts to leak. Most attics tend to have exposed insulation and this can absorb a lot of water for a long time. It is easier to deal with sloped roofs as the layers used on the roof such as flashing, base sheets, underlayment can protect the roof from water damage. The situation gets a bit tricky if you have a flat roof. You will need additional protection in this case such as a waterproofing membrane. You should also have good drainage so that water doesn’t pool on the roof.
Exterior walls can take a beating from the element but even the strongest materials can experience wear and tear over time. You have to be vigilant when it comes to maintenance tasks in your home. It is best to examine the house for repairs now and then to keep up with it. Otherwise, ignoring the small problems can lead to serious issues that can be costly to repair. There are some factors that will increase the possibility of wear and tear on the exterior walls such as a blocked gutter that allows water to overflow and run down the sides of the wall. Also, if there is a gap between the gutter and the roof, then water can run through this gap. If you are seeing signs of water leakage on your walls, you can contact waterproofing services Perth to see what can be done. You can select siding materials that have a resistance to water such as vinyl. If you have other siding materials, you will need to protect them with a paint or stain.
Blocked gutters can damage your foundation as well. If your yard is not properly sloped for drainage, water can pool around the foundation and can seep into the basement through large cracks in the foundation. Even if you don’t have cracks, the constant exposure to water will weaken the structural integrity of soil supporting the foundation and cause the foundation to sink. Even if your basement is not finished, you have to protect it against moisture. Preventing water pooling around the foundation is a good start. But you can provide additional fortification by waterproofing the basement. Sometimes the basement may flood several times a year. In this case you will need a water drainage system installed internally to direct water away from the basement. You can also apply waterproofing to a crawlspace if it has a concrete floor. Crawlspaces with dirt floors can be protected by encapsulation solutions.