How To Waterproof Your Home

3 February 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have your own indoor pool, floating around inside while watching your favorite program or listening to classical music? It may seem like a far-fetched dream, but it's not, unless the foundation of your home is damaged.

A damaged foundation or a serious water leak is not ideal for an indoor pool. As a matter of fact, such conditions can do some serious structural damage to your entire home. Here are some tips on how to waterproof your home and keep it that way.

Repair Cracks in the Concrete

Concrete will crack, but that does not mean it has to stay cracked. If a crack is less than a fourth of an inch, you can use concrete caulk to seal up the crack. Just make sure you use a pressure washer to clean dirt and debris out of the crack before sealing it. You also need to make sure the crack dries completely before you apply the caulk.

If the crack is larger than a fourth of an inch, you need to use a concrete patch. Unfortunately, repair work may also be necessary because the water has likely found its way into the crack and softened the ground underneath the concrete. When it is cold outside, the water can freeze and cause the concrete to expand which will create an even bigger problem and more cracks.

Seal It Up

The easiest way to prevent water damage to your home is by sealing it up. Here are some things you can do to seal out water:

  • Concrete Waterproofing Coatings: This type of coating is thick and dries like concrete and cannot be applied to walls that have already been painted.
  • Densifiers: Use a densifier, also known as a silicate-based concrete sealer, with a concrete or brick wall that has yet to be painted. The densifier will have a chemical reaction with the surface causing it to form a surface that is hard.
  • Waterproof Paint: Consider using a waterproof paint. This type of paint can be used on walls that have been previously painted and is a little thicker than other paints.

Check the Drainage System

No one really relishes the idea of cleaning or repairing their gutters, but it is necessary for the water to drain properly when it rains. If your gutters are clogged and it rains, the rainwater will settle on the roof, walls, windows, and anywhere else it can pool because it is unable to travel down the gutter and away from the house.

The Consequences of Not Waterproofing Your Home

The upside to not waterproofing your home is cost savings. The downside is that failing to take preventative measures to waterproof your house will result in damages, which can equate to thousands of dollars in repairs before then waterproofing!

Still thinking about that indoor swimming pool? If so, be sure that it is constructed on a sturdy foundation, one that is waterproof. Waterproofing your home will increase its longevity and make amenities, like the pool, something you can actually enjoy! To learn more, contact a company like State Wide Waterproofing