Guidelines for Waterproofing – Old and New Buildings!
To protect your home from moisture and water damage during monsoons, it’s important to know where waterproofing is necessary. Below are some tips to help you identify problem areas and prevent leaks.
How to know your home is fully waterproof and secure?
The monsoon season is the perfect time to find out. If you’re considering purchasing a new home, visiting it during a rainstorm is recommended to assess its condition. This will give you a better idea of the road conditions leading to the property during the monsoon season.
When buying a property, it’s important to keep in mind the accessibility of the location during the monsoon season. Even if the location is attractive, the roads leading up to it may become flooded or blocked. Visiting the site during the monsoon season is highly advised to assess any possible obstacles in reaching the property.
How can I thoroughly check my house to determine if it requires waterproofing?
Please inspect the walls in every room at a height of three feet from the ground.
If you notice peeling paint, visible stains, or damp walls, it’s a sign that your walls need waterproofing.
What might be the cause of this leakage? There are three primary reasons why leakage can happen in the lower walls:
- Waterlogging in the open ground outside the wall.
- Leakage in the drainage line near the wall.
- A nearby water tank with leakage.
Where is waterproofing necessary to protect your house from moisture and water leakage damage during monsoons? To know that, please study everything mentioned below carefully.
Is the old house completely waterproof after rain during monsoon? This is a great time to understand. If you are interested in buying a house, then the time after monsoon is perfect for house viewing.
If there is any leakage or moisture problem in that house during monsoon then you can see it immediately. Also, if you choose a time when it is raining, especially when you visit the building, the condition of the access roads will also be studied.
It often happens that the location of the house and building is very good, but the roads leading there get flooded in monsoon or the road becomes very difficult. After a while the water that collects around the building seeps into your home’s foundation and shows up as moisture in the walls.
How to check if a building is leaking or not?
A. First look at the underside of the walls of each room on the ground floor.
If the paint is peeling, stains are visible or the walls are damp, know that the wall needs waterproofing.
Now know why this leakage could be?
There are three main reasons why leakage can occur in the lower walls.
- If there is waterlogging in the open ground outside the wall,
- If the drainage line near the wall is leaking.
- Have a water tank near the wall and if it has leakage
b Now, look at the walls near the windows in each room.
If the paint is peeling, the paint is stained, or the walls feel damp, there could be a number of reasons. like,
- If there are cracks in the parapet above the window.
- When the fitting of the window frame is not correct. #link2
C. View part of the ceiling of each room.
If you notice signs of cement peeling as mentioned earlier, there can be two reasons.
- When there is leakage in the bathroom or kitchen of the upper room.
- And if there is a terrace or roof above and it is leaking. #link3 Now let’s see how to solve all these leakage problems and complete waterproofing of the house.
When water fills the open space outside the house and penetrates the foundation walls,
- Dig a minimum 2 feet trench next to the wall and then waterproof the wall. After that, fill the pit with bricks, concrete, sand and cement.
- Check and repair drainage near the wall.
- Avoid any planting near the wall.
- Get tiles, stone or PCC plaster on the open space.
Internal wall waterproofing:
If basement walls have moisture loss, waterproof them using our interior wall waterproofing method to prevent this. (Click here to read a post on methods of interior wall waterproofing)
If water is leaking from the ground in a basement or underwater tank, check our (click here to read our How to Stop Active Watering post)
Window and Door Sealing:
Check for gaps and cracks around windows and doors and seal them with suitable silicone, plastering or repair. Consider upgrading windows and doors if needed. Water can also be prevented by fitting weathershades to the windows.
Read this post to find out how to fix an upstairs bathroom or kitchen leak.
Finally, you can get complete information about terrace waterproofing by visiting this link.
Before and during monsoons, check that all the measures you have taken for waterproofing are working properly. And if any signs of leakage appear, get it repaired immediately to avoid further damage.
Get the right advice from a waterproofing professional:
Waterproofing an older building can be complicated. Consulting a general masonry or painting contractor can put you at greater risk, so always consult an experienced professional who specializes in waterproofing.
We offer free advice online on how to solve any type of water leakage problem. If you send your site photos and short video to our whatsapp number 9825585997, we will solve it properly without any consulting fee.
Remember that every old building is unique, so the approach to waterproofing may vary depending on its construction materials. Waterproofing treatment should be carried out according to the specific requirements of the building while complying with conservation guidelines and regulations.
Hope you find this information very useful.