Seal that roof!
Waterproofing is so much more than covering leakages. It benefits and protects both your wallet and your home. But maintenance is vital if you want guaranteed protection.
Waterproofing prevents water damage that occurs from water that sinks into roofs, ceilings and decks. Especially during those rainy, seasons, the consequences are endless and very expensive to fix. Waterproofing also decreases humidity. During those hot South African summers, leaks can be averted, and your home can be protected against humidity and physical damage caused by dampness. Another great benefit is that it keeps the temperature in check, naturally air conditioning your home in summer and winter. It blocks out that icy cold winter weather and debilitating heat in summer – securing pleasant indoor climate all year round. It reduces the need for heaters and aircons, and therefore you save money and electricity. Ultimately it contributes to a healthier environment. Lastly, waterproofing secures your property value and acts as a long term investment to your home and safety.
Why do waterproofing maintenance?
The installation of proper waterproofing is the first step in protecting your property from water leak damage and rising dampness, but preventative maintenance is vitally important if you want to avoid high heating costs and summer humidity. Prompt treatment of waterproofing and insulation systems will prevent the problem worsening and thus escalating repair costs.
Here are the most important things you need to know about waterproofing maintenance:
1. How often should I do it?
The simple answer is at least three times per year. As the seasons change and leave clutter your gutters, leakage is unavoidable. Gutters should be cleaned out once every 4 months to ensure that water is effectively directed away from your home. Vegetation that grows too close to your house should also be checked, for they can cause root damage to your foundation, or cause damage to your roof by blowing against it and dropping leaves into your gutters.
2. Know your building
Always check the condition of the building. There are many tell-tale signs of leakage or moisture. These include spots on the ceiling brown or discoloured damp spots on the interior or exterior walls and mould growing on walls and ceilings.
Constant awareness allows for prompt reaction, preventing unnecessary and costly damage is merely the smart thing to do.
3. Look out for your utility bill
A sure indication of or poor waterproofing and insulation.is a higher utility bill due to heating costs. It may mean that your home is losing energy. If you are unsure about the effectiveness of your current waterproofing, on-site inspection with professionals may be worth your while. Top quality waterproofing should require minimal to no maintenance.