While having proper waterproofing installed is the first step to ensuring that your property is protected from water leak damage, rising damp and high heating costs; preventative maintenance is also vitally important. Having your building waterproofed is not going to be enough to ensure that your property and budget are protected. You will need to ensure that your waterproofing and insulation systems are thoroughly checked on a regular basis and that any problems that present themselves are treated promptly to avoid the problem worsening, resulting in the cost of repair to rise.
Here’s what you need to know in terms of maintenance of your waterproofing system:
- Preventative maintenance should be carried out at least once every 4 months. That’s 3 times a year. This includes cleaning out gutters to make sure water is effectively directed away from your home, and checking for any vegetation growing too close, causing damage with their roots or by blowing against your roof.
- Be aware of the condition of the building at all times. If you see any tell-tale signs that there might be a leak or moisture, react as soon as possible to prevent unnecessary and costly damage. Tell-tale signs to look out for include:
- brown or discoloured marks and spots on the ceiling,
- water marks or damp spots on interior / exterior walls or mould growing on the ceiling or walls,
- a higher utility bill due to heating costs can also be an indication that your home is losing energy / heat due to damaged or poor waterproofing and insulation.
If you’re looking for top quality waterproofing systems that requires minimal maintenance, then ask for a site inspection with professionals, so that they can ascertain how effective your current waterproofing is, where problem areas exist and what needs to be done to improve on the waterproofing situation.