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What is Waterproofing, Importance, Types & Steps Involved

Your home is more than just a shelter for you and your family. It's your safe haven. It serves as a soft cushion of comfort and protects you from the elements. Which is why, you invest a lot of time, money and energy to build a home that can last for generations to come.

And the home you build with so much care and attention, should not be hampered by dampness or slab leaks. Because this can severely affect the durability of your home, and compromise its overall strength.
WHY DOES DAMPNESS OCCUR?
Causes of Dampness in House Causes of Slab Leakages
WHY DOES DAMPNESS OCCUR?

There's no single reason for dampness to occur, but a single shortfall in precaution could lead to it, and severely compromise the strength of your structure. Some of the major reasons for dampness are:

1
Poor ventilation
2
Insufficient heating in rooms
3
Poor insulation of walls
4
Water sources like damp clothes,
plants, cooking and bathrooms
5
Rain water penetration through
cracked walls, leaking roofs and windows
6
Water soaking up through walls and
floors, also knows as rising dampness
 
WHAT ARE SLAB LEAKS?
Causes of Slab Leakages

Slab leaks happen when rain water gets accumulated on the roof slab due to an improper slope or choked rain water pipes. Poor quality concrete further adds to this problem. Over a period of time, this stagnant water penetrates the concrete, causing the corrosion of imbedded steel and leads to dampness inside. As a result, this would lead to the disintegration of the concrete. To avoid this problem, utmost care should be taken during slab casting and an adequate slope should be maintained to facilitate proper flow of water through the rain water pipes. Slab leaks can happen in any home, which is why it's very important to make your home water resistant.

WHAT IS WATERPROOFING AND
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
What is Waterproofing?
WHAT IS WATERPROOFING AND
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The best solution for protecting your home against water seepage in the long run, is waterproofing. Concrete waterproofing involves coating the concrete with waterproofing materials that prevent water and moisture from seeping through the walls, roof, floors, etc. To understand why waterproofing is important, let's take a look at why water seepage is really undesirable:

Water seepage isn't just a cosmetic problem. Left unchecked, it can cause mold on the walls, which can affect your family's health..
Also, if water manages to reach the electrical wires, it can cause short circuits and fires. Moisture can also ruin your personal belongings and valuables.
In the worst case scenario, water seepage can cause serious structural damage like rotting in the walls, or foundation sinking. And repairing the damage is a tedious and expensive affair.
 

THAT'S WHY IT'S BEST TO PROTECT YOUR
HOME AGAINST SEEPAGE, RIGHT FROM THE START.

WHERE SHOULD WATERPROOFING BE DONE?
UltraTech Seal and Dry Waterproofing Agents
WHERE SHOULD WATERPROOFING BE DONE?

Concrete water proofing is critical in the areas of your home which are prone to flooding or are in frequent contact with water. These include bathrooms and kitchens, or areas exposed to the atmosphere like the roof, balcony, outer walls, basement, and areas where water is stored.

TYPES OF WATERPROOFING SOLUTIONS
UltraTech Seal and Dry Waterproofing Agents

There are many kinds of waterproofing solutions available today. Try talking to your waterproofing contractor to find the best solution for your home.
One popular solution is UltraTech Seal & Dry - a range of specially formulated water proofing agents for different areas of your home. They're designed to improve the water resistant properties of plaster, mortar and concrete, and in turn, your home. Let's look at some ways to prevent dampness in your building:

1
MEMBRANE DAMP PROOFING
it provides a damp-proof course and is an inexpensive option. It's also really easy to apply.
2
SURFACE TREATMENT
this solution entails treating the exterior surfaces with water-repellent materials.
3
CAVITY WALL CONSTRUCTION
meaning you create a cavity to avoid water seeping in to your home. This is done by building an extra outer wall.

STEPS INVOLVED IN THE
WATERPROOFING PROCESS

1
Once you've chosen your waterproofing agent, grinding is done to smoothen your home's walls.
2
Any cracks will be filled with concrete patches to ensure there are no gaps in the water resistant barrier.
3
The walls are thoroughly cleaned so that the waterproofing agent bonds well with the concrete
4
The coat of waterproofing is applied onto the walls

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WATERPROOFING?

Waterproofing increases the durability of your structure by preventing rusting and corrosion in walls. It also prevents fungus growth which helps avoid allergies or asthma triggers. Plus, it helps save on extensive repairs due to water damage, and can help retain the value of your property.

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