Don’t sink your building projects before they start. Be thoughtful and careful about waterproofing your new construction project. Water damage is one of the leading causes of property damage and is a problem that buildings face year round. When undergoing a new construction project, you will want to make sure every stage goes off without a hitch. Waterproofing will ensure protection, piece of mind, and is essential to a successful project.
#1 – Protect Your Building’s Interior from Water Damage
While construction is underway, the site is going to be exposed to the elements. The frames, foundations, wiring, insulation, and floors will inevitably be at the mercy of the weather. If you’re using concrete and steel the hazard is less prominent, but the wooden materials is where the dangers of water really become more hazardous. Prolonged exposure to water will allow wood to begin to rot, become infested with mold, or render the entire structure unsound and unfit for use.
Waterproofing your building materials during construction will help prevent this from occurring. This will also promote a strong start to your project. As you’ll be better protecting your materials from damage, it also prevents expensive delays and replacements, as you will not need to be repairing continuous damage either during construction or after it has been completed.
#2 – Promote Long-Term Comfort and Sustainability
Waterproofing your new construction site early helps you to start sealing it off more efficiently than trying to it after building has finished. The measures taken help reduce moisture in the interior of the building, which makes it more comfortable to live in, while also providing a foundation for further work later on.
Some permeability is desirable in the building to let humidity building up inside the structure to escape, however the trick is allowing this while still keeping the moisture out. Such measures are easier to achieve as the building is being constructed. After the fact, you’ll probably require expensive reconstruction work to fit it all in properly. Thinking about this early can help prevent headaches about the matter later.
#3 – Prevent Future Flooding
Basements in particular are vulnerable to moisture seeping in. Water soaks through the soil and quickly leaks through cracks and fissures within the concrete, which can lead to flooding as well as mold and mildew. During the winter, this moisture will then freeze, causing it to expand and force the cracks open wider and making the problem worse. Eventually, the entire basement could be rendered unsafe.
As the basement is being built, it is essential to take steps to keep them waterproof and seal them off from moisture. Be sure to protect the foundations of the building as well, as doing so will promote the long-term stability of the structure.
#4 – Save Money Long-Term
Waterproofing is a long-term investment that makes money during the building’s lifetime. Much like installing insulation or double-glazed windows, waterproofing your new construction is a measure undertaken for the future, and will quickly save you money in the long run.
Think about things in this way: would you rather invest money now in a strong, secure building that requires minimal repairs from water damage caused by leaking basements and walls, or have to fork out cash for those repairs continuously for the rest of time?
Further, do you want to run the risk of losing the building entirely because water damage has rendered it uninhabitable? Build your structures on stone, not on sand. Build for the future, and you will be better prepared for when the rain comes.