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17 Jun 2017
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Waterproofing: For Stronger and Lasting Structures

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Posted By Roman C.

Australia's iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge finally got its needed facelift and the surgery was completed on time. Herald Sun reported that Sydneysiders can breathe a sigh of relief for Harbour Bridge's successful operation. After two weekends of delays, the $3.5million resurfacing and waterproofing of roads across the bridge was finished and re-opened a few days before Australia Day. The bridge got a waterproof covering to keep it in shape for the next 80 years.

This makeover project is just one of the building and infrastructure maintenance projects lined up in Sydney. New improvements are in the works across the city, such as the $6 billion Barangaroo development and the expansive transport facility that includes a 23-kilometre new rail, 15-kilometre tunnelling and 4-kilometre skytrain.

Keeping Well Maintained Building Structures

Maintenance of old infrastructures and construction of new ones include waterproofing of the structure. This covers surface and basement waterproofing of infrastructures for durability and longevity. Today's unpredictable weather, elevated water area or flooded location, and rising property value contribute to the need for buildings to be properly maintained and kept in good physical and working condition. Not only should maintenance and upgrades be limited to government infrastructures or commercial buildings, but also your personal properties.

Start Your Home Renovation with a Basement Waterproofing Project

If you're planning to renovate your home, one of the makeover projects you should consider prioritising is basement sealing because of its below-ground location or construction. Hydrostatic pressure, ground water intrusion, and water vapour permeation greatly affect your basement walls, joints and floors. You have to ensure protection of your basement's structural foundation and walls from leaks, cracks, moulds, decay, and moisture-related problems. Although waterproofing the interior walls can be easy, the best way still to prevent damage is external wall waterproofing; but waterproofing exterior wall is time-consuming and costly.

Before you proceed with your basement waterproofing plans, take a look at these factors first so your project will go as planned:

* Assessment
- Check cracks in your walls and fix them
- Check if you have a good drainage outside the house
- Clean the walls thoroughly
- Assess the damage

* Cost
- Varies depending on the problem and waterproofing solutions you choose
- Depends on who will do the waterproofing project: DIY, contractors, waterproofing companies

What's important in the pre-waterproofing stage is that you are able to assess the problem and attack it with a clear plan. Here are some ways to remedy the damages in your basement:

* Condensation
- Reduce dampness or humid air by improving ventilation or using a dehumidifier.
- Remove shrubs and flower beds that are too close to the foundation to avoid moisture.

* Seepage
- Check for water settlements in and around your basement, such as windows, gutters, and downspouts that are sloped toward the house.
- Install window well covers and downspouts, if you don't have any.
- Slope downspouts away from the house.

* Cracks
- Install an interior drain to collect the water and divert it to the pump.
- Use sealants and seal from the outside.

If you're unsure of how to go about these methods, you can always seek advice or hire a waterproofing company to help you, especially when it involves bigger problems and more complicated waterproofing systems.

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