Stay Safe And Dry This Rainy Season: Effective Waterproofing At Your Home
Updated: Jun 23, 2018
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has officially declared the start of rainy season in the country. And as we all know that during this season, people deal with heavy rains and sometimes, destructive floods. Common household problem during this season is water leaks. Water leaks can cause a lot of headaches and may bring serious damages to your home including structural damages, mold and mildew and unhealthy conditions from stagnant water that may breed pests and insects.
Locating water leak at your home is not an easy job. A thorough inspection is needed and repairs should follow up immediately. So here are some tips on how to locate water leaks at your home and how to repair them:
1. Check the roof
Roof/Rooftop is the main structure that keeps the house protected from the rain. It is important to check this area first. Look for any cracks or holes on the area. You can also notice some signs that will tell you that there is a water leak. These include:
Musty odors in certain rooms.
Water stains on your ceiling.
Spots on your exterior walls.
Bulging patches on your interior walls.
Missing or warped shingles.
2. Check doors and windows
Check for leaks on your doors or windows especially on the corners. Check for peeling paint or paint discoloration or swelling of frames.
3. Check exterior walls.
Exterior walls should be sealed and well-painted. Shrubs and other landscaping features should not be placed along the walls. See if there are any structural cracks that water may penetrate.
4. Make it rain
If you can’t find your roof leak with a quick inspection, then it’s time to make it rain. Have somebody, or a helper, to stay inside the house near the spot where you first noticed the leak. Then, go up on your roof with a garden hose and soak your roof one section at a time. Have your helper once they see a drip. Move slowly from one side to the other, spend at least 3 minutes in each side. This will help locate the source of your roof leak. If your helper sees a drip, but can’t find the exact spot where it’s coming from, start tearing up shingles in the suspected area. You’ll quickly find evidence in the form of water stains, or even rotting wood.
5. Repair the damage
Once the source of leak is located, do the repairs immediately. Eurotiles Seal & Flex is a single component flexible cementitious waterproofing mortar engineered to provide excellent protection and waterproofing to G.I. roofs, rendered concrete and masonry. Apply it on the damaged area with minimum of two coats. Apply the first coat with a quantity of 1kg per meter squared.
For application, remember to:
Make sure the substrate must be clean and sound, free from dust and without traces of oil or grease. All loose part must be raked out.
Fill honeycombs and bubbles.
During application, substrate must be partially damp but not running with water.
After 1 to 2 hours, apply the second coat with the same quantity as the first coat. Use proper application tools such as filler knife or stainless steel float. Mixture can be used up to 2 hours.
Even if you don't have a leak yet at your home, it is important from time to time make ocular observations. But it is always better to be ready and protected to avoid hassle and further damages. Eurotiles Seal & Flex improves water resistance of your home that will surely protect you and your family this rainy season. Stay safe and dry!
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