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How to Identify Waterproofing Failures in Your Home


Waterproofing is essential to minimise moisture damage in your home. Water damage can affect the structural integrity of your property and you will need to carry out multiple repairs as a result. If you suspect that there is water damage due to poor waterproofing, you can contact a waterproofing contractor to visit the home and carry out an inspection.

But how do you identify if the damage is due to waterproofing failure? There are some common signs that you can watch out for. Experienced waterproofing services Perth will be able to identify signs that are not obvious and save you from a lot of costly repairs. If you see cracks in your foundation, this can be from water damage and your property will be at risk of flooding. The cracks in your foundation can contribute to a lot more issues and it can set off a sequence of events that can lead to a weakened structural integrity of the house. In extreme cases, this can even lead to a collapse of the structure. And when there is moisture under the floorboards of your home, it creates a favourable environment for mould to grow. And this will negatively affect indoor air contributing to many health conditions. Mould can give rise to a lot of allergens and sometimes these substances can be toxic. Inhaling mould spores or touching them can cause allergic reactions. And it can also contribute to asthma attacks.

If you notice a musty smell in your home, this is due to moisture damage. If you keep experiencing this, it points to continuous water exposure and this can lead to the growth of mildew and mould in your walls and floors. In addition to the foul odour, it can also contribute to structural damage. If you notice that there is a higher frequency of sicknesses in the house, it can be due to dampness and mould in the house. Some symptoms you may notice are sinus congestion, headaches, fatigue and photosensitivity. For example, if you have had several bouts of flu over a period of time, it is best to mould test your home to check for the presence of mould.

It is best to inspect your home now and then to understand its condition and which repairs need priority. There are key areas to check for waterproofing issues such as the top storey, roof, window and door seals, drains and plumbing. If you have a flat roof, it can be more affected by adverse weather. It is best to check if water is ponding on any areas of the roof. The drainage has to be checked for blockages.  If you notice any watermarks or stains on the walls, there will be a point where water is entering the home from the outside. The stains are due to dried water. Maybe there is a crack in the wall where the water is coming through. Sometimes, you will see salt deposits as a result of the concrete and the stones in your exterior boundary. You will see this as a bit of shine on the wall or floor.

Soraya Benitez
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