We invest crores in buying an apartment. We are also careful in choosing the vicinity, the builder, the level of luxury offered, the amenities, its proximity to our various needs etc., but how many of us think or actually question the buil der about the waterproofing methods they have used. We simply take it for granted that all builders definitely adopt the latest methods in waterproofing. Only after moving in, do we realise that the leakage or the seepage has become a perennial problem in our apartment and also in our lives. We feel embarrassed to have guests walking into our apartments which otherwise displays impeccable cleanliness but shows patches of peeled paint, leaky ceilings and an odour of dampness. We are constantly calling plumbers of various expertise levels who are not aware of what needs to be done and so either quickly open up the tiles or remove the false ceiling panels and then realise that the problem is beyond their level of solving. This only makes matters worse and builds up frustration as this problem takes precedence in our lives. Another important point we often neglect or overlook is that these seepage patches become heavily concentrated with microbes. Many of these severely affect the health of the occupants. We are often left to assume that we are allergic not knowing what is triggering it. Many people develop allergic reactions, asthma, irritations in the nose, eyes and throat, sinus indications and other respiratory ailments like bronchitis due to this very reason.
Very recently, I was introduced to waterproofing products from Dr. Fixit. Dr. Fixit is a pioneer in the construction chemical industry and retail segment over a decade and has a range of quality products and services. It is a leading brand with solutions catering to distinct surface areas, making the home completely waterproofed with a host of applications and expert solutions. I am sure most of us have heard the name and can instantly relate it to waterproofing. But what I want to elaborate today is the different products available and how they can be used diligently to reduce seepage and leakage and thus reduce other related issues. Let us take a look at this picture below which shows the different levels at which waterproofing can be done.
As you can see, Dr. Fixit addresses waterproofing at various levels. While my work mostly focuses on Roof waterproofing and Bathroom waterproofing, I would like to focus more on these areas today.
For more information on other waterproofing problems and their solutions, please check out the happy homes blog which is a collaboration by Dr. Fixit and Roff to address home issues and work on beautifying our homes. You can also contact the experts from Dr. Fixit in case you need any advice on waterproofing issues in your homes.
I have seen my father preparing the roofs and terraces in summer to brave the rains in monsoon. With not so many waterproofing options available earlier, this used to be an annual exercise. But today, we have waterproofing that lasts for years. Dr Fixit has developed waterproof coatings which create an impervious barrier between the concrete slab and the layer above. Dr. Fixit Waterproof coatings being elastic in nature can withstand temperature variations and can bridge micro-cracks thus preventing ingress of water. To read more about Roof Waterproofing and the different products available, please click here.
Bathrooms are the most affected areas in most houses and apartments. While it is hard to say what exactly causes seepage or leakage in the bathrooms, Experts from Dr.Fixit point out that it could be due to the following reasons; Seepage through structural joint, leakage through porous concrete, cracks in tiles, tile de-bonding, rust staining, leakage at pipe penetration and joints and leakage through floor traps. To address these problems, Dr. fixit offers Dr. Fixit Bathseal Tape, Dr. Fixit Bathseal Grout, Dr. Fixit Bathseal 2K, Dr. Fixit Pidicrete URP. Before designing your bathrooms or if you are already facing issues in your bathrooms, you can speak to the experts to protect your beautiful homes from horrifying leakage issues.
Another product that caught my eye is the Dr. Fixit Raincoat for waterproofing and decorative purposes. Twice as thick as normal paint and resistant to algae and fungus, it is available in more than 700 shades. They also offer free preview and site trails.