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A helpful checklist for waterproofing your home

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Don’t miss these important pointers when waterproofing your home.

Every architect, builder, and homeowner that has ever planned or designed a home have the constant worry of waterproofing. Whether you live in an apartment in the city or in a bungalow on a beach, you need to protect your home from the monsoons that lash your region every year. If you’re thinking about getting your home waterproofed this year, take a quick look at this list before you begin. It might save you a lot of trouble in the future.

Are your windows secure?

Water seeps in through all sorts of surface cracks and inlets, but it gushes in through a window. You need to make sure your windows are water-tight if you want your waterproofing to be effective.

Areas to watch for:

  • Check for cracks between the joints between the window ledge and the wall. These spaces need to be plastered with an appropriate waterproofing compound like the SmartCare range from Asian Paints.
  • Check the ledge or sheet that protects the top of the window from pelting rains. Any cracks in this need to be sealed as well.
  • If you have sliding windows, look for cracks in the joints of the sliding track. These will need to be filled with a silicone sealant.

 

Are your internal and external walls watertight?

Your walls should be plastered with a waterproofing compound during the dry season so they have time to set and harden. It isn’t always recommended to do this during the monsoon. For internal walls, use a Teflon-coated paint.

Do you have mild seepage?

If you have limited dampness, there are a few ways to avoid complete re-plastering of walls. Follow a few simple methods to keep your home free of mould and moisture.

If you fix the leakage and have a few damaged patches on your walls, consider covering them up once dry. Use Bison board panelling, veneer, tiles, marble or stone to cover up dampness. Wallpaper should never be used on damp walls.

Are you sure you have a good contractor?

Be suspicious of a contractor who offers you much lower prices than the market price. It’s usually because they are using lower-grade waterproofing materials, and you will face the same problems later.

Choose a waterproofing solution that suits your home and requirements. If you think of waterproofing as an investment and not an expense, it’ll make more sense to you to find a long-term, durable solution.

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    sumit guha

    sumit guha

    May 17 2016, 5:03 PM

    Nice article

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