Waterproofing Solutions For Your Home
Waterproofing is an important aspect of structural construction these days. Waterproofing is the process of making an object or structure waterproof or water-resistant so that it remains relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions. Such items may be used in wet environments or underwater to specified depths. By waterproofing concrete slabs gets the ability to withstand the absorption of water through tiny pores in the concrete. In the absence of the waterproofing membrane, water may get absorbed by the concrete and may cause corrosion to the reinforcing steel-bars inside them. This can great structural damage and reduce the durability of the structure. Waterproofing is very important in areas that may have permanent water contact like bathrooms toilets open terraces etc.
Being a more coastal area, structures in Kerala are more prone to damage. Saline water and chlorinated water can cause damage to steel bars way faster than normal water.
Being a more coastal area, structures in Kerala are more prone to damage. Saline water and chlorinated water can cause damage to steel bars way faster than normal water. These may cause cracks in the concrete slabs. By adding a waterproof layer over concrete we can increase the life expectancy of the structure. Mainly waterproofing is done in two ways. First one, adding a waterproofing membrane over concrete during the time of its construction. The second one, more of a recovery method, is adding the waterproofing layer once the structural damage due to water absorption has been discovered. This can help avoid further damage to the structure. So it is advised to add a waterproofing layer over concrete during its construction to reinforce it and protect it from damages caused by water.
Adding a waterproofing membrane over concrete is the most common waterproofing method used. In more complicated structures we fill silicon or fiber materials for better strength. In bathrooms P.V.C pipes run underneath the walls and these P.V.C joints become weak over time and water may seep in through these damaged joints. So it is very much advised to do waterproofing before placing the water conduits. Often one may mistake epoxy coating and waterproofing. Epoxy coating is used to counter the structural movements of concrete and waterproofing prevents the seepage oF water into the concrete layers. Epoxy flooring may add to the waterproofing as epoxy flooring prevents seepage of water through the gaps between tiles. Waterproofing is the only effective solution to any kind of structural damage caused by water absorption in concrete buildings.