Waterproofing is one of the most important construction measures that you should never overlook. It is an effective way to safeguard a building from water damage, which can lead to many other issues that affect not just the structure, but the health, safety and well-being of the occupants as well.
There are plenty of ways to make a building watertight, one of which is the proper installation of concrete waterstops. Here is what you need to know about these devices and waterproofing in general.
How water affects buildings
Buildings without waterproofing measures in place (or poor ones at that) are at great risk of sustaining water damage, affecting both its internal structure and external appearance. Water damage is already a big problem, but it can worsen and speed up the progression of other types of damages, such as foundation cracks.
Failure to create a watertight building can lead to leakages, spalling and premature deterioration. The bottom line is, structural damage brings great losses to building owners and puts the lives of the occupants in danger.
How waterstops can help
The primary function of waterstops is to prevent water from gaining access to or passing through ‘construction joints’ typically found in concrete structures. Commonly referred to as ‘cold joints’, construction joints occur when curing (either partial or complete) of one portion of the concrete structure has already occurred before the rest has undergone curing.
This difference in concrete placements can create entryways or gaps wherein moisture or water can infiltrate and wreak havoc on both the internal and external components of a building.
Because the last thing you want is to experience major losses following the disasters that water damage can bring, it is best to put these waterproofing measures in place as soon as possible. Look for a reputable supplier of waterproofing products and hire experienced installers to ensure the quality of work.