One of the most common building defects that our engineers come across day-to-day, are related to a lack of, or failure of waterproof membranes. You may be wondering, what exactly is a waterproof membrane and how do they help?
Well, as you may have thought, a waterproof membrane is something that is applied across the surface of the structure to prevent or lessen the effects that water may have on it. Why is it important to have an appropriate membrane though? The reasons are many, but the short answer is that water often leads to many difficult and expensive to fix problems within structures. Anything from the corrosion to the steel reinforcement in concrete, erosion, swelling of timber, to the delamination of materials and efflorescence.
One of the most common surfaces that these are applied to is concrete. Unlike what you may be thinking however, it is not only applied to areas that are at obvious risk of being affected by water, such as bathrooms and kitchens, but is usually applied universally. Other areas that are at particular risk include rooftops, balconies and basement areas.
There are a few different kinds of membranes, and its important to make sure that you apply the right one for the right job. Types of membranes, along with their general use include:
If you are experiencing any leaking water, or an accumulation of efflorescence, get in touch with us today so we can help you build a better solution.
30/4/2021 07:27:09 am
Thanks for explaining the need to waterproof. I don't think my basement is waterproof. I'll start looking for a service.
15/11/2022 04:46:02 am
There are several reasons why a waterproof membrane might fail. If the membrane is not properly installed, it can develop leaks over time. If the membrane is damaged, it can also develop leaks. Weather can also play a role in the failure of a waterproof membrane, as heavy rains or snow can put pressure on the membrane and cause it to fail.
29/3/2023 09:59:25 am
I like the tip that you gave that implementing a waterproofing solution for your property could prevent leaking and water problems. My friend mentioned the other day that he was hoping to find a solution to prevent molds in their basement walls and floors because of water leaks. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. I'll tell him he can consult a basement waterproofing service as they can provide information about the process of waterproofing. I appreciate this instructive article.
28/4/2023 08:03:07 am
Last year, our house suffered from water damage during the rainy season, so this time, we want to be prepared to face heavy rains. That's why we're glad you talked about which areas are more prone to be affected by water. We'll start looking for a professional to help us waterproof our whole hose, as you suggested.
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