You’ve probably heard about waterproofing and its advantages, but might still be apprehensive because of the cost. But, think about it, isn’t it more expensive to fix, say your basement, after water has leaked in and damaged a part of your home’s structural timbers than just having it waterproofed from the get-go?
Why is Waterproofing Important?
Waterproofing is the process by which areas that are meant to be dry are kept moisture free. Waterproofing your basement or any other areas that constantly get wet should not be ignored. Water leaking into the floor and wall spaces can seriously compromise the integrity of your home which can cause major damages. And the worst part is, you don’t realise right away the extent of the damage until it’s too late.
What about DIY Waterproofing?
Yes, DIY options are available, however, waterproofing in Australia has a set of standards set by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that must be followed, says an expert from Waterproofing Direct. It’s also worth noting that these standards may vary depending on the state and territory. For example, in Queensland and NSW, you would need to have a license. In other states and territories, no license is required, but a written assurance that the work has been done in accordance with the Australian Standard AS3740-2010 – ‘Waterproofing of domestic wet areas’ must be provided by whomever is going to do the job.
If you plan to do your own waterproofing, make sure that it meets the Standard and must pass inspection by a building inspector.
It is vital that waterproofing your home is done right to prevent major damages from damp and water.
What Are the Areas That Require Waterproofing?
You would need to waterproof areas where there’s a water outlet or areas that get constantly wet. This includes:
- bathing areas
- shower stalls
- laundry areas
- wet areas in the kitchen
- bathrooms in general
The materials used on the bathroom floor are also important factors when waterproofing. Generally, a compressed fibre cement floor has been already water resistant, so it does not need further waterproofing. However, if the bathroom floor uses timber-based materials, such as particleboard or plywood, it would still need to be waterproofed.
Waterproofing your property may be costly on the onset, but damages incurred from not waterproofing may get more expensive in the long run.