The value of properties is dependent on many factors such as economic changes, inflation and water damages? Water damages can be sustained from various factors such as heavy or prolonged rainfall and floods. When water is not clear or drained, it becomes residue or wastewater which can destroy the structural integrity of your properties. So why is waterproofing so important and what does it do exactly?
Waterproofing is a method of protection that creates surfaces that are repellent or resistant to water. This helps in avoiding water related damages from occurring in your homes or offices. Some of the benefits of waterproofing are protecting your premises from water damages, uphold the value of the property, provide a safe and secure environment to occupants and prevent future water-related consequences.
Many people have the assumption that waterproofing is about protecting surfaces and keep water out. This is true but it only addresses part of the issue on water damage. Waterproofing systems include the draining of water for both internal and external environments. Two common systems drain waters to prevent water damages from occurring. They are the French drains and Sump Pumps.
- French drains are trenches that contain rocks that can change the flow of water leading it away to an allocated area. They are useful in preventing the possibility of water leaking into the foundations of structures underground. They are a substitute for drains and manholes leading to the sewer system in a country and can serve as a distribution system that redirects waters to a wastewater treatment facility. They can also be used to ease underground water pressure behind retaining walls.
- A sump pump is used to extract residue water that remains in a sump basin. A sump is a shallow area that stores waste liquids like water or other substances. When rain or floods occur, wastewater can seep through the surrounding drains into the lower ground or basements within the premises. This is where the sump pump shines in resolving dampness and redirects the water to an allocated area or a bigger water distribution system.
The objective of these two systems is to temporarily store, extract and redirect this wastewater that has settled within or outside the premises of the property. A specialist waterproofing contractor can help you identify the problematic areas of your property that water is always gathering in. The process is simple and begins with:
- Identifying the problem
- Choosing a method of extraction of residue water
- Add waterproofing chemicals to prevent future water damage
- Make maintenance of these problematic areas a little easier
In other considerations, do note that waterproofing is not a ‘one size fits all’ method as it is dependent on the surrounding construction, your environment demographics and the positions of the water source which causes the water problems.