Four Areas in Your Home That You Need to Waterproof

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Even minor water leaks can eventually lead to serious damage to walls, roofs, support structures and even foundations. And this can all be incredibly costly to repair. Because of this, it’s important to waterproof the most vulnerable areas of your home. Bathroom and shower waterproofing are a given in any type of household. What you may not know is that there are plenty of other areas in your property that need to be protected from water.

To help you out, we’re going to take a look at the four key areas in your home that need to be waterproofed.

1. Bathroom

Shower and Bathroom Waterproofing Membrane
The bathroom is probably the first area that comes to mind when you think about waterproofing. And understandably so. No matter how careful you are, the bathroom floor can easily get wet while you’re showering or bathing. If the floor isn’t waterproof, the water can seep through the flooring material and into the concrete foundation. If the concrete slab has existing cracks, water can seep into those cracks and cause even more damage to the foundation.

To avoid this problem, you need to waterproof the floors. First, apply a primer to the floor in preparation for the membrane layers. If there are gaps on the floor, you will need fabric/rubber bond breakers and/or caulking to seal them completely.

Once the flooring has been primed and the gaps have been filled, you will then apply two layers of waterproofing membrane. One coat should be applied horizontally and the next coat should be applied vertically.

For the best results, we recommend hiring a professional waterproofing company for the job. Such companies will have the expertise and all the tools needed to effectively waterproof your bathroom.

2. Kitchen

Kitchen Waterproofing

When it comes to the kitchen, you should focus on your benchtops as well as the kitchen sink. Indeed, the cupboards underneath your sink are often vulnerable to mould and mildew. This is often caused by split water seeping through your benchtop or a faucet leak. Either way, it’s important that the joints of your cupboards and cabinets are waterproofed with caulking or another joint sealing product.

Additionally, you should use a benchtop material that is water resistant. For example, porcelain and various engineered stones are great choices for countertops as they are non-porous and therefore won’t absorb moisture.

3. Roof

Roof Waterproofing

In order for the roof to effectively do its job, it needs to be completely waterproof. A well-designed roof prevents your interior from getting wet and directs the rainwater away from your wall cladding. If your roof doesn’t have waterproofing qualities, the rainwater will eventually find its way to your ceiling, your flooring, your foundation and even your basement. If you’re not careful, this excessive moisture can wreak havoc on various parts of your home.

One of the more important parts of your roof is the roof flashing. The roof flashing is typically made of a thin metal sheet. It is designed to direct water away from the gaps, joints and seams on your roof. It’s essential that you assess the condition of the flashing regularly. If you see holes or signs of corrosion, you should get the flashing repaired or replaced.

Another important aspect of your roof is the gutter. When it rains, the slope of the roof directs the rainwater to the gutter. The gutter then carries the water and directs it away from your property via the downspout.

However, if your gutter gets clogged, the rain water won’t be able to reach the downspout. Instead, it will pool up in the gutter and eventually overflow. The overflowing water then runs down to the side of your home and then into the foundation. If left unchecked, this overflow of rainwater can cause your exterior paint to peel and it might even cause mould and mildew inside your home. To avoid this, you need to make sure that both your gutter and your roof are clear at all times.

4. Basement

Basement Waterproofing

Unfortunately, no place is safe when it comes to water damage. Your basement is just as vulnerable as your ceiling and your gutter. In fact, your basement might be even more vulnerable as it is susceptible to mould, mildew, condensation, leaks and, in extreme cases, flooding.

If your basement is being used as additional living space or if you’re using it to store valuable items, it needs to be waterproof. There are a couple of options to choose from. The first is installing an internal drainage system which will simply redirect the water away from your basement. Usually, the drainage pipes are placed around the perimeter of the basement and underneath the floor. Additionally, you can prevent the problem altogether by preventing the rainwater from getting to the basement in the first place. This can be done by having a functioning gutter system that directs the water away from the property.

If you don’t want to deal with flooding, mould and other moisture-related issues, be sure to hire a reliable waterproofing company. Professional contractors will make sure that your home is completely protected from moisture and that it adheres to Australian waterproofing standards. In some Australian jurisdictions, a contractor is required to have a waterproofing licence in order for them to work on residential homes. Please check official government websites for more information.