It is not enough to have a home; it requires a considerable amount of efforts to take care and nurture it so that it remains in its best condition for years to come. Unfortunately, weather elements or natural elements such as rainwater and moisture can cause severe damage to the structure over a period of time. Naturally, there is wear and tear that happens and the structure of the building may get affected. The interiors may also be affected due to these factors. Water can cause much more harm to the structure when the construction is not adequate and is poorly maintained against the onslaught of water.
Causes of Water Damages
There can be several ways in which water can destroy property and buildings. Right from leakage in the roof, cracks in the wall, and cracks in the foundation, there are various ways in which water can enter your structure. In fact, heavy rain and flooding can be very destructive and cause damage running into thousands of rupees’ worth of repairs. However, sometimes flooding in basements and damage to the foundation may result in structural damage which might be difficult to repair and may necessitate rebuilding.
Apart from structural damage, increase in moisture levels inside the buildings may also cause health issues such as allergy or respiratory problems especially in children and elderly.
Areas prone to Water Damage
When we think of water damage, the first place that comes to mind is the roof and balcony; however, the walls, basement, bathrooms, kitchen and the foundation are all areas which can have a problem with leakage of water and cause damage to the building.
Blocked pipes and drains can lead to leakage and an overflow of water. In case you have a terrace garden, then it is important to ensure that sufficient waterproofing has been done and that water does not tend to collect on the roof.
Broken water pipes in the kitchen and bathrooms can also result in water seepage and lead to damage. Cracks in the plaster on your walls can cause moisture and water to seep in and lead to damp spots, growth of mould and harm interiors, as well as affect the health of the family members.
Broken tiles in the bathroom can cause water to collect and result in further damage. If the shades on balconies and windows are insufficient in protecting the area from rainwater, water can collect and damage your interiors and home decors.
In fact, if there are places in the basement where the water tends to collect, perhaps due to the slope which is angled towards the structure, this can also cause leaks and damage, if not addressed on time.
These are some of the areas which are more likely to be affected due to water and therefore must be taken care off to ensure that all necessary and precautionary steps are taken to safeguard your home and buildings from water damage. Proper usage of waterproofing products and solutions is the best practice to avoid any damage caused by water and agents.