It’s well past midnight. Mr. Verma, who’s had a rather rough day at work, is in the throes of a deep slumber. Unfortunately that sleep is short-lived. The skies suddenly decide to open up and after a few minutes of heavy rain, it starts. Like it does every monsoon.

Plop! Plop! PLOP!

The sound of water leaking. Loud enough to wake up the entire Verma household.

The monsoon effect

The most common problem homeowners face during the monsoon is that of leakage. Water leakage can occur from just about anywhere – the roof, the walls, inside the tiles, the ventilators, the basement, even from unlikely places like the water tank or the bathtub. Though we may carry out transitional fixes during the monsoons, permanent repairs should only be carried out post-monsoon.

Permanent repairs to monsoon leakages should only be carried out in the dry, post-monsoon weather.

As we get through another monsoon, let’s look at some concrete steps to address those nagging drips and trickles in and around the house.

Identify the source

A small leakage, if not fixed in time, can cause considerable damage to walls, fittings and fixtures, inflating your maintenance costs. If you’ve identified even a small snag around the roof or on the walls, or in the basement walls, don’t wait for it to flare up till the next monsoon. Fix it immediately. If there’s a leakage in the basement wall, identify if the leakage is from the sewers, the trough or the pipe and then carry out repairs accordingly. An effective way to find out if the source of moisture is from the inside or outside, tape foil on the inside wall, and leave it for a few days. The side of the foil, which is wet, will help you detect whether the leakage is from outside the walls or inside, and the repairs can be carried out accordingly.

Select an appropriate sealant

Based on the type and intensity of leakages, or the visibility of cracks where there can be a future leakage, a variety of waterproofing sealants are available – ranging from cement-based sealers to acrylic-based ones, and even rubberized coating.

There is a wide range of waterproofing sealants available – ranging from concrete to acrylic-based ones.

The waterproofing products that work well on a range of concrete surfaces such as terraces, roofs, plastered walls, swimming pools, bathrooms and more are cement-polymer based waterproof coatings. Available in various forms, cementitious sealants are easy to mix and apply on most cemented surfaces. Depending on the type and source of leakage, one can choose cement-based sealants from dry-lean mixes, general-purpose ready-mixes and even high strength grouts. Cementitious sealants can be applied on or underneath the surface that’s leaking, to seal it firmly.

Get rolling

After identifying the source of the leakage and selecting the sealant, repairing that leaked roof or weeping tile will be an effortless task. However, it’s always preferable to seek help from a professional agency to carry out the repairs, instead of grappling with the issue yourself. This will ensure that the leakage has been diagnosed properly and the necessary repairs are made, so the house is prevented from future damage too.

It’s preferable to seek help from a professional agency to carry out waterproofing repairs.

Get quotes from several agencies to get an estimate about the costs involved. When you’re choosing an agency it’s important to go with one that offers a personalized solution to your leakage problem.

So, keep these tips handy, make the most of this dry, welcoming weather. And carry out instant waterproofing so that your home stays weatherproof and damage free for a long time to come. And when the next monsoons set in, you can open your doors to the beauty of the rains, without losing sleep over trickles – big or small!

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    Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of UltraTech Cement.

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