Water seepage and dampness are common problems in Indian homes. Unfortunately, water infiltration not only results in cracks and the development of mould and mildew, but also weakens the structure of the building. Some common areas of your home that are affected by water infiltration include the bathroom, kitchen, roof, exterior walls and the walls of water storage tanks or swimming pools. The purpose of waterproofing is to ensure that your home remains strong and healthy for a long time to come. So, choose scientifically developed waterproofing solutions for walls, tiles, and cemented areas.
Waterproofing During Construction
Waterproofing should form an essential part of the construction process if you wish to avoid the devastating effects of moisture on your home. Failure to do so can result in dampness, seepage, peeling paint, efflorescence, and formation of mould and mildew. In the construction stage, choose high-quality liquid waterproofing solutions that can be mixed with cement and sand and applied to all brickworks, cement works, pillars and foundations, roof slabs, rendering basements, and plastering. The waterproofing compound should be mixed in the right proportions to prevent segregation and make a strong cohesive bond.
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Waterproofing During Renovation
If you have bought a fully constructed building, you will need to check all surfaces for signs of dampness, efflorescence, cracks, and chipping paint. The same holds true when you renovate your home. An easy way to inspect all areas is to consult expert services, such as Berger Express Painting. The professionals will inspect your home and assess the level of moisture using the Home Shield Moisture Meter. This specially designed tool can help detect the level of moisture in the roof, bathroom, kitchen, ceiling, floor, interior, and exterior walls. Based on the extent of moisture, the experts will recommend the correct waterproofing process, using specialised home waterproofing solutions. A sagging crawl space can be repaired using screw jacks of various sizes and weight capacities. In most cases, the existing pier blocks are perfect and don’t need to be replaced. Instead, we remove and replace the posts or the deteriorated screw jacks. Learn more about – Crawl Space Foundation Repair.
Waterproofing of Exterior and Interior Walls
While the walls in your kitchen, bathroom or any area with water pipelines are prone to moisture and seepage, exterior walls also have to bear the brunt of heavy rain and humidity. If left untreated for long, this moisture can prove to be catastrophic. But before you decide on waterproofing, check for any leaking pipes or damaged drainage systems and get them repaired.
The next step is to use a protective undercoat like Berger Wall Shield 2k, an acrylic polymer modified white cement-based waterproof coating. It comprises water-insoluble crystalline micro-structures that impart water tightness within the spaces of the cementitious matrix of the wall and ensure good bonding. Another option is Berger Home Shield Dampstop, a high-performance polymer, a modified cement-based product that forms a strong yet flexible waterproof coating over the substrate. This product contains flexible re-dispersible polymers with special additives for extra protection against moisture.
Waterproofing of Bathrooms, Swimming Pools, Water Tanks and other structures
Several areas of your home, such as bathrooms, swimming pools, water tanks, basements, etc., are prone to high levels of moisture. The walls of these areas can be treated with a high-performance waterproof coating, such as Berger Latex Shield 2K, which forms an excellent protective elastomeric layer over the surface to prevent water infiltration. This Green Pro certified product ensures excellent adhesion to concrete, natural and artificial stone. Non-corrosive to steel and iron, this product offers resistance to chloride ion diffusion and prevents concrete carbonation.
You can further waterproof this coating with Berger Weathercoat Roofguard, a product that comprises special quality acrylic polymer along with reinforcing fibres that form a white-coloured durable and seamless membrane after curing. This product is ideal for waterproofing old or new concrete and masonry areas.
Potable water tanks, swimming pools and exterior basement retaining walls and areas with tiles, granite, marble and other natural stones can be waterproofed using a two-component polymer modified cementitious waterproof slurry mortar. Berger Tankshield PW can be applied over concrete and mortar and is an excellent option to prevent water infiltration. The product meets the Global Migration Test standards, as per the US FDA.
The roof of your home needs special protection against the weather and rainwater. You can choose to coat with Berger PURoofKoat, an eco-friendly waterproofing compound that forms a highly elastic and UV resistant membrane on cement surfaces. This non-toxic VOC compliant water-based coating prevents your roof from yellowing and weathering by providing excellent adhesion to porous and non-porous substrates.
Bathrooms, Kitchens and Other Tiled Areas
You need to take special care while installing ceramic tiles on floors in the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas. Use a product like Berger Tile Adhesive, a ready-to-use polymer-modified cement-based thin bed tile adhesive for extra protection. This Green pro certified self-curing product is flexible enough to accommodate minor physical and thermal movements.
Make your home safe and healthy with the right home waterproofing solutions. Call an expert team, such as Berger Express Painting, to take care of everything on your behalf, so that you have a completely stress-free experience and total peace of mind.
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