Water damage can be devastating to a property, be it in terms of damage to the overall structure, the decorations and furniture within your home, the cost of repair and the resale value.
It is also not the sort of problem you can just ignore or live with, as it gets worse with time and if left to its own devices it will literally destroy your home, inch by inch.
It doesn’t matter whether your home is brand new or hundreds of years old because as soon as water starts to cause damage, the value of your house will begin to decline faster than you can say “damp”.
The most important piece of advice then is to be vigilant, perform regular checks and you must do whatever you can to prevent the escalation of your problem.
The later you leave it the more damage that will have been done, the more damage that has been done, the more difficult it will be to fix, the more difficult it is to fix, the more costly the problem will become.
Water damage is ruthless, difficult to reverse, extremely annoying and immensely persistent. It will not just go away.
How to waterproof your home
Water can attack your home from many different angles and in many different ways, to combat this there are many different methods and solutions to help keep it out!
Treating your brickwork will not only go some way to keeping the water and moisture out, but it will also save you money on your heating bills as it acts as a seal that will keep the heat in.
Painting the outside of your house with a heavy wearing outdoor paint is an easy way to seal your brickwork and you can do it yourself without the need to hire somebody.
However, it is a time consuming, laborious task that should be split into manageable segments and done in decent weather conditions, as high winds and rain will only cause unnecessary difficulties. Also, too much sun is not ideal as water-based paints will dry too quickly.
If you want to go a step further then there is the option of applying a more sophisticated waterproofing compound onto your brickwork thanks to the latest technological advancements. However, these usually need to be applied by professionals.
Never Paint Again Clearshield is an example of this type of treatment and it does exactly what is says as it acts as a shield to moisture, and it’s clear.
Therefore it does not alter the colour or appearance of your brick in any way and it lasts for up to 20 years. Clearshield and other similar products basically do a similar job to a good outdoor paint, but with amplified effectiveness, reliability and longevity.
Damp proofing treatments are undertaken to try and eliminate the ill effects of rising damp. Rising damp is a perfect example of water attacking from all angles; it is the spreading of damp from the ground upwards.
Rising damp is most common in basements but will also begin to climb the walls of the ground floor, especially in older homes. Rising damp is essentially water that has got into your masonry and is seeking for an escape via evaporation; it will rarely go much more than a metre in height as at this point gravity takes over and forces it down.
If your property is suffering from rising damp it is because it has not been protected properly, or the protection has long since expired leaving it susceptible to the problem.
Damp needs an escape route and it is important that it dries out properly, it may then be necessary to rip down your internal plasterwork in the effected areas, let it dry out and then re-plaster, with a salt retardant additive for good measure. This can be a very messy job.
The most common form of preventative method/treatment involves the injection of a chemical damp proofing cream.
Alternatively there is the electro osmotic method which involves titanium wiring being run through your walls to allow for an electric charge to repel any rising moisture harmlessly back into the ground.
Damp proofing can be a very costly process depending on the amount and size of effected or vulnerable areas. Always ask around for recommendations and make sure you get a number of quotes to ensure a competitive price.