Walls and floors in wet areas around the house like the bathrooms and toilets are susceptible to mold and mildew. This all-too-common phenomenon is not only aesthetically displeasing on account of staining and spores but it is also something which causes subtle structural damage. The easy solution to this is suitable waterproofing. If you put in a barrier between the wet space and the walls and the floor by waterproofing, most of your qualms will be quelled. Waterproofing is a moisture-proof barrier around walls, floors and fittings in your bathroom which act as a wall of defense thereby protecting the structural integrity of your house. Water damage is one of those unavoidable problems that homeowners face all the time as it happens either due to the elements of nature like the rain and the snow or due to pipe leakages.
You are helpless against the elements but a leaky bathroom can be caused by several different factors like a rip in the waterproof lining of the room, old fittings and fixtures, faulty pipes and plumbing, damaged flooring, damaged wall tiling, silicone that has started to wear away.
The first thing you do is determine whether leakages are happening. Look for the following indicators:
1. Mold and mildew – They spawn in moist, warm places If your bathroom isn’t cleaned properly regularly or if excess moisture is clinging to your walls, these spurs will prop up in inconvenient places around the areas where the leak exists.
2. Damaged paint or wallpaper – Your paint or wallpaper will peal either due to weathering or unceremonious leakages.
3. Damaged walls – Water leakages leave brownish stains on walls along with a damaged look.
4. Damaged floors – This won’t be that big of an indicator as watertight floors can contain a lot of liquid for a long time. If your house’s tiling is cracking, stained, or perhaps your timber is buckling, you could have a water leakage issue.
5. Ceiling stains – Dark colored moist patches on the ceiling or the corresponding wall are a very apparent sign of water damage.
6. Dank and damp smells – Mildew and mold spores grow around moisture and they give off a funky, rank odor. Also smell for notes of dampness and dank smells.
The second thing is to fix the issue that is waterproofing. Start by looking for any cracks in the floor and the walls. Do basic DIY chemical treatments to ensure that the area you are waterproofing is free of any mold or growths that may have occurred. Make a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar to remove the pesky spores. Once the area is clean, remove all the damaged bits (if any) and apply the waterproofing mix. The membrane between the walls and the plaster within a bathroom is particularly essential for structural integrity and stability. Then seal the waterproofed walls and ceiling completely. Then call a contractor to retie your ceramic abode.
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