Waterproofing a new building
Should you waterproof a new building?
Waterproofing is a critical part of the construction of a new building and will protect against potential hazards and save your structure from water damage. It is a construction measure that’s been designed to prevent water from damaging a building’s structure and appearance, to ensure the health of the occupants. Waterproofing can be completed during, or after, the build to protect the structure from water damage caused by leaks, rain and moisture.
What areas of a building require waterproofing?
The general surfaces of a building requiring waterproofing include roofs, walls, balconies, terraces, foundation pillars and any penetrations to the structure (i.e. penetrations necessary for the installation of utility services). Waterproofing is also required to areas where water usage is heaviest, such as bathrooms, toilets, kitchens and laundries.
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What are the benefits of waterproofing a new building?
Your buildings’ exterior element is its first line of defence against the elements, leaks and water damage. Additionally, the building’s interior materials serve to reinforce the exterior building envelope. Ensuring that both the exterior and interior of your building is waterproofed is an essential component of its’ protection.
The most important benefits of waterproofing a new building include the following:
Waterproofing a concrete structure will extend the life of a building by preventing water and moisture from entering through floors, walls and ceilings. If these areas of your structure are protected from the intrusion of water, damage such as corrosion, rot and deterioration will be avoided.
Waterproofing your building will protect against health issues associated with moisture build-up in the walls and ceiling which enable the growth of mould and fungus; mould spores pose health hazards in the form of respiratory problems and a weakened immune system.
Increase in Property Value
Waterproofing systems will preserve the original condition of the building, prevent structural damage from water penetration and maintain the aesthetic appearance of the building, thus adding value to the property.
Reduction in Maintenance Costs
Waterproofing your building is a cost-effective solution which saves on potential expensive repairs and maintenance.
Provide a Healthy Environment
Waterproofing your building creates a clean, comfortable and safe living and/or work space; safeguarding not just the building but those who occupy it as well.
Waterproofing a structure protects against climatic conditions by closing it off to the outside environment, therefore reducing energy bills.
HOW BUSS CAN HELP
The infiltration of water into a structure causes major problems. The buildings appearance is damaged first and soon after structural damage will occur. It’s important to note that by the time a water stain appears to the building’s interior, it’s likely that irreversible structural damage has been caused to its exterior.
Drawing on our experience and industry best practice, BUSS’ waterproofing specialists have been applying their expertise for more than 20 years to commercial and industrial structures in Perth and the metro area, as well as Regional WA.
Our proven track record in effective remedial solutions and quality workmanship, supported by our affiliation with leading industry organisations – Australian Institute of Waterproofing, the Australasian Concrete Repair Association and the Strata Community Association, along with our Cert III accredited applicators, offer our clients peace of mind for all their waterproofing needs. Our association with these leading organisations allows us the advantage of being one of the most qualified, trusted and reputable remedial contractors in WA.
Our waterproofing services include: leak detection, site advice/investigation report, solution/scope of work, corrective actions and repairs, waterproofing and general consultancy. For more information, please feel free to contact us below, or call us on 08 9444 1732.