A Healthy Leak Free Home by Dr.Sanjay Bahadur Dr.Fixit Expert
A home remains an individual’s most cherished asset and biggest investment decision taken during his or her lifetime. It isn’t merely a shelter made up of lifeless bricks and concrete. For an individual and his or her family, the home remains a highly emotional part of everyday life.
However, today homes face various types of threats that weaken its structure – both internally and externally thereby reducing longevity. Few of the biggest threats facing homes today are water leakages and correlated issues such as cracks, dampness, mould growth and corrosion. Most unaware home owners will undertake repairs only after noticing the first visible signs of damage. However, it must be pointed out that prevention is better than cure.
Instead of focussing merely upon the remedial or repair efforts post damage – it would be most appropriate for home owners to take preventive measures such as waterproofing, especially during the home construction phase itself. The vast majority of home owners question the need for chemical waterproofing, especially during the home construction phase. In addition, chemical waterproofing may cost a slight premium vis-à-vis traditional old alternatives. However, one needs to fully understand that chemical waterproofing provides long-term solution vis-à-vis traditional options and hence lowers the lifecycle costs of the home thereby enhancing its lifespan.
In recent years, there has been deterioration in the quality of sand and bricks which in turn has reduced the structural efficiency of traditional waterproofing methods such as brickbat coba. While only few new homes include basic waterproofing, in certain cases it remains restricted to roofs. Hence, it is imperative to have proper waterproofing initiated at all water entry points or areas to ensure that one’s cherished home becomes a ‘5-Point leak-free Home’. It must be pointed out that 5-Point leak-free home means that waterproofing isn’t merely restricted to the roof but also covers internal wet areas (bathrooms, kitchens and balconies), exterior walls, and concrete water tanks and below ground areas.
It is important to understand that different surfaces are exposed to diverse kinds of challenges; hence the solution for each of these surfaces should be best-in-class, to have the right kind of waterproofing. The home will be fully protected only when all five possible water entry areas are properly waterproofed. These five surfaces are crucial and here are some reasons:
- Below ground – Ground water rises over a period of time and enters your home, damaging internal walls.
- Internal Wet Areas (Bathroom, kitchens and balconies) – These areas are exposed to water for 365 days, causing seepage and peeling of paint on internal walls.
- Roof – Temperature changes, as well as wear & tear cause cracks on the roof surface, leading to water leakage & dampness on your beautiful ceilings.
- Concrete Water Tanks – These water tanks due to the formation of cracks are susceptible to leakages, through the tank surface. It is therefore important to correctly waterproof this area.
- Exterior Walls – Temperature changes cause cracks in exterior walls, leading to damp patches and therefore tainting the overall look of your house.
Structural repairs are often expensive but the effects of water seepage are even more damaging since it weakens the structure. Furthermore, it also spoils the appearance of a home and decreases its resale value. Chemical waterproofing done through skilled labour and right procedure can prevent structural damages and increase the value of a home. An in-depth waterproofing process ensures that risk of future damage is eliminated and home valuation protected. This remains especially true in the case of new homes and therefore chemical waterproofing must be done in the construction phase itself.
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