Having a home or building constructed is a tricky business. With so much going on, sometimes key details are left out, which could affect you in the future. Sometimes the effect may be minor and easily remedied, but in other occasions, major repair may be required. One possible construction problem, whether one is building a home or a commercial establishment, is improper waterproofing.
Here are ways you can ensure the right waterproofing for your home in Sydney:
Problems with Waterproofing
Water seepage, when neglected, not only ruins a building aesthetically by ruining the paint and wood but structurally as well, weakening the walls and flooring. Moreover, any furniture or appliances near the seepage may also be damaged.
When having a building or home constructed, it’s important that you as the owner or manager must be proactive in making sure that your contractors do not ignore this problem. The head contractor may be well aware of this concern, but the workers in charge may fail to do it properly, especially if the workload is high.
Prevention through Design
One way to prevent water seepage or prevent it from damaging the building is to minimise its effects. Sufficient flashing for the roof and a proper gutter system are two of the effective ways to steer water away from the structure. The angle of drainage pipes/areas is also a seemingly little thing that could achieve big results; the proper drain incline helps water go down easily and not remain in the pipe.
Checking that all is right
Next, you must continue to enquire if the waterproofing has been done and tested in key areas, namely the bathrooms, kitchen area or pantry area, outdoor patios, windows, and the roof. Though it might seem like an owner is nitpicking, it is better to be safe than sorry. Again, with much going on during a construction project, it is possible that something was forgotten.
Finally, if possible, it is better to double the protection. Sometimes contractors choose not to waterproof an area, like exterior walls that are covered by roofing material or even walls that will be covered by waterproof tiles, because they assume that the first level of protection is going to protect whatever is underneath. However, metal corrosion or even cracked tiles can be the cause of future water seepage; thus, it is important that any areas near water prone areas be protected, just in case.
Though one may claim that it is the contractor’s job to make sure all goes well, a smart owner is remains vigilant while construction is on-going. It may feel like extra work on your end but the lessening of future, costly headaches is worth the effort.