Your happy home is built on the walls. You should pay particular attention to the exterior walls of your home as the weather outside will not be kind to them. It is not enough to paint your wall waterproof. It doesn’t matter how expensive the paint, it will eventually start to peel off after exposure to rainwater, snow and wind.
Waterproofing is the best method to protect your walls and preserve your home’s durability. It is also important to lower your renovation costs. Here are some simple steps to provide waterproofing solutions for your home.
The most likely places for mildew and mold growth are under wall coverings and damp carpets. It can lead to serious health problems and worsening of existing conditions if a basement is not treated. Professional contractors can install interior waterproofing systems to keep moisture out of your home.
Step 1 – Properly expose the exterior part of the wall
Before waterproofing exterior walls, ensure that it is properly exposed. The walls of your house are covered in dirt. This creates an extra layer on top. Remove all dirt and filth from walls. To get to every corner of the wall, take out all drainage pipes and old field tiles.
Step 2 – Thoroughly clean walls
Most of the dust and dirt that sticks to your exterior wall is carried by air. To ensure that the whole process runs smoothly, it is important to remove all dust and debris. To remove dirt and debris, use a brush, sandpaper, or a broom. Finish it with a power washer.
Step 3 – Check for cracks and fill them
Your exterior walls can crack and become damaged over time. Follow up cleaning with a thorough inspection of your walls to ensure weatherproofing. Fill them with hydraulic cement.
Many homeowners worry about foundation cracks . However, foundation cracks do not necessarily compromise the structural integrity of the home. Sometimes, cracks can result from shrinkage during concrete curing. These non-structural, unsightly shrinkages, also known as hairline cracks or voids in concrete, are not dangerous to your home. However, structural cracks can be dangerous.
You will find step-by-step instructions for foundation repair all over the internet. However, a foundation shouldn’t be attempted to repair by a DIY contractor. Foundation repair takes years of experience and specialized tools. A foundation repair expert is the best choice when it comes to foundation repairs.
Hydraulic cement is able to penetrate cracks and seal them. Before applying hydraulic cement, remove any cement that remains on the walls.
Step 4 – Apply a layer cement waterproofing sealer
The cement waterproofing sealer is required to ensure that waterproofing is properly applied and lasts for a long time. After applying hydraulic cement to the wall’s crevices, allow it to dry thoroughly, and then apply waterproof paint sealer for exterior walls. Let it dry completely.
Step 5 – Choose the right water-proofer
There are many waterproofing products on the market. It is important to choose the right waterproofing product for your wall. You can choose the water-proofer that is right for your wall, whether it’s concrete or silicate-based.
There are three options: a concrete waterproofing coat, waterproofing paint or silicate-based concrete sealing agent. A plaster waterproofing additive will also be added strength to your waterproofed walls.
Step 6 – Apply the water-proofer
Apply the water-proofer to the walls with a brush or a roller. Apply more than one coat of water-proofer. To do this, apply a thin layer first. Allow the first coat to dry completely before adding the second.
Step 7 – Apply tar and heavy duty membrane
After the cement waterproofing sealer has dried, apply a tar-based pitch for added strength. It can be used all over your exterior walls.
You will then need to waterproof your walls with a rubber or heavy-duty plastic membrane. Lay a thin membrane over the area near the footer and then cover the entire wall.
Step 8: Consider adding gravel
You will need to prepare a base to place the drainage pipes. The drainage pipes will be supported by a 3/4-inch gravel base. Gravel is long-lasting and offers greater protection.
Next, lay the gravel and perforated drainage pipe-cover. Place the gravel near the footer and back-fill it. Cover the pipe with a minimum of 3-inch-thick material.
Step 9 – Add a fabric border
Attach the perforated pipe and a fabric barrier. A fabric barrier will prevent dirt from forming and help to keep your system from clogging. Next, back-fill the dirt in the trench. Then, build the dirt’s top relatively high and let it settle for a while. After you’re done, slope the ground towards your walls to allow run-off.
A home with good waterproofing will have a new lease on life and be able to withstand any weather conditions. Magicrete can help you find waterproofing solutions that will work for your walls.