A guide to waterproofing services

Page 1: How to waterproof your property
Page 2: Damp proofing
Page 3: Roof protection

Hannah Shanks - Editor

Whether your home is brand new or has been around for generations, one of the most important things is that it is properly waterproofed.

Water damage not only causes untold problems to the structure of the house, greatly affecting its sell on value, but can also damage your own personal property and valuable possessions. It can also damage the paint work and finishings in your home.

Large waterproofing jobs, particularly on your roof, can be extremely expensive so it is advisable to perform regular checks on all areas of your home, where water may cause damage, and stop any potential problems before they escalate.

The British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association have more specific information on different types of roofing and can put you in touch with licensed experts should you have an immediate problem with your property.

How can I waterproof my property?

There are many different areas of your home where it is vital that water is kept at bay, and in each of those areas there are various methods of waterproofing.

This guide will examine the most vital areas in the home, and we also have tons of easy and popular ways of dealing with potential water damage to these areas.

Brickwork

There are many different ways you can go about treating the brickwork of your house which will prevent water or moisture getting into your home and there's an added incentive treating your bricks will also save a packet on heating bills as the warmth cannot escape!

An easy way to seal your brickwork is to repaint the outside brickwork of your house using a specialised outdoor paint, which are more hardy and weatherproof than regular paint.

Painting your house is a job you can definitely do yourself but, depending on how big your house is, it can be quite a mammoth task so be aware of certain things before you begin, such as:

  • Always plan and timetable the job. In order not to be daunted by the size of the task you should split the workload into sections using existing features such as bays, parapets, lintels, down pipes and window frames as natural breaks.
  • Pick a certain area and complete that area before taking a break. It will seem less mountainous because you are concentrating on a series of small segments, rather than the house as a whole, and it will also naturally disguise the joins between the new paint and old should you choose to do the job over a longer period of time.
  • Also, don't paint in strong sunlight as water-based paints will dry too quickly, or on windy days as irritating dust particles and debris being blown around in the air will stick to the wet paint work!

Painting aside, which you can do yourself, there are also many new technological developments and special waterproofing compounds which will protect your house from any moisture damage. Usually these need to be applied by professionals.

One of the best is called Never Paint Again Clearshield. It is a treatment which goes on top of your ordinary house brick without altering the colour or appearance of the brick in any way. The Clearshield makes the porous external walls of the house totally water tight and maintenance free, and is suitable for use on brick, stucco, concrete or stone walls.

The compound of the Clearshield forms a silicone barrier in the millions of microscopic holes within your walls which ordinarily allow moisture to pass through. After this kind of seal is applied to your home, any rain will simply roll off the brickwork in a fashion similar to that of a non stick frying pan. Thanks to technological advances, these sealants will also last for up to 20 years.

Some of the benefits of using a Clearshield, or an equivalent product, is that it insulates your home, lowering your heating bills. It also totally eliminates penetrating damp, protects your health from damp air, and prevents erosion of the bricks, particularly in coastal homes. To find out more information about Clearshield visit the Never Paint Again website, or call free on 0800 970 4928.

 
 


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