Common Waterproofing Misconceptions Ruining Properties in South Africa
Waterproofing is a vital aspect of home maintenance that is often shrouded in a cloud of misconceptions espoused by people who lack knowledge. Over the years, we’ve heard our fair share of these misconceptions, some more than others, but all entirely baseless. If anything, considering these myths can do more damage to your property than you’d otherwise save financially by not opting for waterproofing.
Thus, it is time to dispel these myths and shed light on the truth about waterproofing. Homeowners can make informed decisions to protect their properties and avoid costly water damage repairs by understanding the facts.
We dive into some of the most common misconceptions and reveal why waterproofing is a crucial investment for every homeowner in South Africa.
Waterproofing Is Only For Basements
Many South Africans, unfortunately, believe that waterproofing is solely reserved for basements and below-ground areas. There are so many things wrong with this myth that we can write two articles about it.
The truth is that water damage can wreak havoc in various parts of your home, not just the basement. Water intrusion knows no boundaries, From roofs to bathrooms to balconies and foundations. As seasoned professionals, we emphasise the importance of comprehensive waterproofing to safeguard your home. In other words, you’re not doing your property or wallet favours by only waterproofing the basement. But you are willfully blinded to the inevitable fact that water ingress can happen from the roof and other parts of your home or place of business just as quickly.
Waterproofing is a One-Time Solution
Some homeowners mistakenly assume that once they’ve applied waterproofing measures, their job is done. That’s partially true because, with the vast majority of waterproofing materials used, they have to be reapplied a few years or maybe a decade later.
Waterproofing systems can deteriorate over time due to aging or structural shifts. This misconception highlights the need for regular inspections, maintenance, and, if necessary, reapplication of waterproofing products.
Now the reason why we stated it is partially true is that our waterproofing system has up to a 20-year product warranty. Being an inert material with excellent UV and Ozone resistance our product exhibits superior weatherability and debilities. It has superior flexibility and durability 300% elongation, allowing excessive movement in the substrate even at extremely low temperatures, it is a green material which is environmentally friendly and is ideal for to be fitted with Solar Panel. It requires low maintenance; it is fire retardant and requires no flame or tool equipment with regards to the installation process. It can withstand just about anything, which makes, for most people, an investment that is far more cost-effective than anything else available in South Africa.
Sealing Cracks and Leaks is Sufficient
While sealing visible cracks and leaks is a step in the right direction, it is not a foolproof waterproofing solution. It is often the first step before applying a waterproofing membrane or layer, but it is a myth because doing this will not prevent water from entering the structure.
Water can find alternative pathways and cause damage through hidden or less prominent areas. Waterproofing is more than just applying a material layer; it involves identifying underlying issues, addressing potential entry points, and implementing a robust system that provides thorough protection.
Waterproofing is Expensive and Time-Consuming
Many homeowners associate waterproofing with a hefty price tag and time-consuming projects. However, the truth is that there are affordable and relatively simple waterproofing solutions available for various situations.
For instance, our waterproofing system is cost-effective and easy to apply. Our waterproofing specialists will apply it in the best possible way, which saves clients an immense amount of money in the short and long term.
Plus, by sharing cost-effective techniques, innovative products, and practical DIY tips, we aim to debunk the myth while highlighting the long-term savings and benefits of proactive waterproofing measures.
Waterproofing is Only for New Construction
Some individuals mistakenly believe waterproofing is only necessary during initial construction or renovations. While it is best to apply waterproofing when building a home, when it is brand new, it can also be applied to existing structures. Its effectiveness is also the same if it is applied correctly.
We encourage homeowners to consider retrofitting or adding waterproofing systems to older buildings. Doing so can prevent future water damage, enhance structural integrity, and provide peace of mind. Moreover, waterproofing can save you thousands of rand, which would otherwise be spent on repairs.
Waterproofing Eliminates the Need for Maintenance
While waterproofing creates a proactive barrier against water damage, it does not eliminate the need for regular maintenance. Routine inspections and upkeep are still crucial to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your waterproofing system. The fact is that things can happen, like damage to your roof during a storm, which can lead to water entering the structure. However, the only way of finding it is with a thorough professional inspection. Plus, catching the problem in time can save thousands in the way of expensive repairs.
By shedding light on this reality, we empower homeowners to embrace a holistic approach that combines waterproofing with consistent maintenance practices. The result is a structure that will last for years.
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Anyone Can Apply Waterproofing
It is best always to hire a professional to apply waterproofing because incorrect installation can render it ineffective. Depending on the type of waterproofing, some may take longer to cure than others. Plus, some may require the use of special equipment. That’s why it isn’t a DIY project by any measure.
Hiring professionals ensures the job is done right using the highest quality materials that last for the longest time. It may cost more money to hire a professional, but you get the peace of mind of knowing that the waterproofing will last for decades.
By debunking these common misconceptions about waterproofing, we aim to empower homeowners with accurate information and debunk the myths that can hinder their home protection efforts.
In our years of experience providing waterproofing solutions, we have found that a proper understanding of the role and benefits of waterproofing will help homeowners make informed decisions. It helps safeguard their properties so that they enjoy a secure and worry-free living environment.
Remember, investing in waterproofing is investing in your home’s long-term durability and well-being. This will save you an immense amount of time, money and frustration.