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To reduce the cost of maintaining a warm home in the rainy months, there’s a whole range of things you can do, not least waterproofing your home to prevent flooding and harmful mould growing inside your home. As well as saving you money and preventing the obvious signs of trapped moisture, external waterproofing can even add value to your property! It’s a win-win situation. To help you keep track of unwanted water trapped in your home, here are our top 5 external waterproofing solutions.
How does basement tanking work, I hear you ask? While the sound of the term ‘basement tanking’ can pull up daunting images, it’s a cost-effective waterproofing solution perfect for any home. The process involves specialist materials and techniques used to stop water from penetrating the basement of any building. In other words, a liquid waterproof coating is applied to the floor and walls of your basement to treat damp walls and prevent it happening any further.
Clean Your Gutters
Whilst cleaning your gutters won’t provide ultimate waterproofing protection, it will certainly prevent water overflowing the edge of your gutters and dripping down your external walls. Clogged gutters can retain unwanted rainwater, which could be absorbed by the roof of your house overtime which causes leaks, rotting wood and even that dastardly mould! Sure, cleaning your gutters out twice a year may sound like a strenuous effort, but it is definitely worth the time!
Conduct A Water-Tightness Test
The best way to determine the best external waterproofing solution for your home is by conducting a water-tightness test. It’s a great way to evaluate how effective the products you, or the previous home owner, used to waterproof exterior walls, and choose the waterproofer right for your home. Depending on the quality of the waterproofer, you may decide to apply a second coat for the ultimate protection against water penetration.
Treat Your Bricks
One of the most effective external waterproof solutions is to treat your brickwork to some much needed TLC. Luckily, there are countless ways you can treat the brick work of your house to prevent water entering your home, available at a range of prices to suit your pocket. One of the easiest ways to secure your brickwork is to repaint the outside of your house using outdoor paint, which contains properties that combat mildew. Depending on how big your house is, you may be able to complete the tedious task yourself in a matter of hours!
Damp proofing your home is yet another great way to waterproof your home in time for winter. Whilst rising damp is already a highly-common issue in basement, it can have a worse impact in old brickwork. The best way to ensure moisture stays out of tiny passages in your walls is to conduct electro osmotic damp proofing. This type of advanced waterproofing treatment utilised small electrical charges to repel rising moisture back into the ground.
By Damien Troy
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