The heat has certainly increased but the only good part about the summers is the end of it. Yes, because that brings us the beautiful long awaited monsoons which fill up the air with the pleasant smell of wet mud and gifts us beautiful green landscapes. However, what we fail to notice is the unpleasant effect that it leaves on the exposed walls of our structured by extreme heat and heavy rainfall. The effect leads to damp walls, dripping ceiling and leakages.
Leakages not only damage the exteriors but also the beautiful designer decors too. The effect is much visible after monsoons when you can notice the peeling paints and water seepage marks on the ceilings and walls, wrecking the entire look of the home which love of your labour to build a dream home; To avoid such a situation waterproofing comes into rescue.
Waterproofing makes the structure impermeable to water, thus it is a fundamental requirement of construction. Once waterproofed, NO little water or moisture can seep through the walls. A building or structure is waterproofed with the use of seamless coatings to protect the structural integrity.
The ones who overlook the importance of waterproofing, report damages and issues, the impact of monsoon causes. So before the rains hit, it is very important to protect our homes and prevent them from getting damp or leak. A preventive approach is always better effective than a remedial solution. Take some caution in advance and get your homes and office waterproofed well before the monsoon showers are here.
For help in understanding need of waterproofing, there are various agencies involved, with varieties of solutions. Look for the one which fits in your checklist.
Water leakages which happen in structures that are either new or older than 10 years generally.
In both the cases, the property is at major risk as leakages damage the internal structure and weakens the base& reinforcement of the property. Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures, and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected for years because the source of the leak is not visible. To save your property the damage, all you need to do is detect the leakage at early stage and get it fixed for a longer life span Here are easy tips to detect the leakage at an early stage –
- Check Taps – Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Often we let these go unnoticed, but these kinds of leakages contribute to maximum water waste. Take charge of all your taps and get them fixed time to time
- Check your water meter – Make sure all taps and all water connections are shut. Watch the meter and see if it begins to change. If it does, you likely have a fast-moving leak. If the meter doesn’t change immediately, wait two hours and check it again you will know your answer.
- Check interior & exterior walls – Leakages on the interior never go unnoticed, but they do not just happen on the interior, most leakages happen on exterior walls too. The basic sign to judge is by checking the condition of the paint if it starts chipping off it is a sign of leakage. Once you see that, wait no more, immediately get professional help to treat your walls.
- Keep your nose active – When the leakage is hidden, the area starts developing fungus to it and as a result, the water becomes stale and there is a foul smell that can be noticed. Keep your nose active when you get a foul smell from the walls or the water.
Detecting leakages and getting them fixed not only helps in saving water energy but also maintain a healthy home environment.
Soon we would share how water leakage alters the consumption of electric energy in day to day use.
India essentially follows three seasons – summer, monsoon, and winter. For most people the favourite season of the year is undoubtedly monsoon. The tip-tap water falling from the sky, the aromatic fragrance of the chai coupled with bhajiyas sets the mood right! But while it may be the favourite for us… are we sure it is a favourite season for our homes too?
You know the answer well, if your walls are cracking up and the leakage has begun then it is a definite NO! In that case why wait till the monsoons to get the walls of your home some healing?
Summer is suggestively the best time to get waterproofing done. The simplest tip that follows is to find the root of the problem on the outside before you waterproof your home from the inside. It may just prevent you from doing more expensive waterproofing.
If you own a cement home or building, you might want to make sure that you do several things that will help this structure withstand the effects of water damage.
Before the rains hit, it is wise to do a general check up of your home. Make this as an annual plan. Start with the roof or terrace and work your way down the entire building. Look for water entry points such as joints, cracks or stagnation. Check the utility areas, baths, kitchen sinks, pipe outlets and inlets, and most importantly, the basement or garage. Don’t forget to inspect areas around the windows and doors too which face the weather onslaught.
If you find any trouble spots, call us, we may be of some help but make sure you make your home happier before the monsoons are here by getting waterproofing done!
A very popular saying in Hindi reads “Diwaron ke bhi kaan hote hain” but how we wish our walls actually had a mouth to speak then ears to hear. A talking wall would very conveniently tell us its current state of condition. But irrespective of that walls have their own way of communicating their damaged condition by giving us various signs of leakage… have you ever tried to listen?
1. Paint Starts Chipping Off – The loose water inside the wall rooted by leakage saturates the dry wall and causes the paint to lose adhesion, as a result of which the paint on the exterior peels off.
2. Water Spots Appear on Exterior Walls – The water that seeps in the wall voids often mark out as visible stains as it slowly saturates the adjacent wall board or ceiling.
3. Fungal Growth on Walls – The water that accumulates in the walls starts promotes fungal growth which can be then seen with naked eyes on the exterior of the walls.
4. Unpleasant Odours – Hidden residual water stagnates and fosters mold and bacterial growth. This produces a musty, earthy smell that hints the unseen water damage.
A leakage on a wall is not the one to be ignored. If you see any of the above signs developed or even on the verge of developing immediately get your walls treated by getting a waterproofing solution done. Your walls can’t speak but you make sure you hear!