Everything you need to know about finding a waterproofer
Waterproofing is vital in the home to stop water and moisture from entering the structural areas of the home and causing damage. Common wet areas in the home include the bathroom, laundry and kitchen. However, balconies, roofs, walls, basements and garages are all susceptible to water and also need to be waterproofed. Water may also cause damage in areas that are poorly ventilated so, where possible, ventilation needs to be improved. If not possible, then a waterproofing system should be applied.
Damage caused by incorrectly waterproofed areas includes:
structural damage such as rotting timbers
mildew, mould and fungi
corrosion of metal structures e.g. pipes
What Waterproofers Do
Professionals will generally apply a membrane to the area to be waterproofed. There are many different membranes available and the professional will use the one that is deemed most suitable for the area. Roofing membranes will generally be different to bathroom membranes for example. There are also systems available to waterproof above tile, taking away the need to remove tiles – which can be time consuming and costly. Professionals will also repair cracks and remove mould. They will also come to your house and advise you of areas of concern and the best way to waterproof those areas.
Hiring a Waterproofing Contractor
Waterproofing should only be carried out by a professional as the treatment needs to be applied with no gaps whatsoever – even the smallest gap can pose a problem in the future. A reputable plumber can waterproof wet areas in order to prevent damage to underlying structures.
Any work carried out needs to comply with council regulations, and your professional should be able to help you find out what these are. All work should come with a guarantee. Before hiring any professional, ensure that you get three quotes and that the professional that you choose is correctly qualified.
What Does Waterproofing Cost?
What can you reasonably expect to pay for waterproofing? The first factor will be the size of the area in question. The building code governs which areas need to be waterproofed, with clear height minimums. This could end up costing anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars for entire larger bathrooms to less for smaller areas. Like other trades waterproofers will have a fixed labour cost which will comprise part of this figure.
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