Waterproofing your home is not the easiest task, especially if you’re going to try and do it yourself. If you don’t plan everything right and execute properly, you’re going to end up with mishaps that are more trouble than they’re worth.
Mistake #1 – Lack of preparation
GI Joe has taught us that ‘knowing is half the battle’. That’s mostly true, especially if you’re on a DIY job and you’re not particularly well-versed in the nitty-gritty of home waterproofing. Research goes a long way. You need to first have a proper understanding of the problem that you need to address. Only then should you start making plans as to how to remedy the issue.
You need to make sure you’re armed with as much information about the task as possible. This includes knowing what your house needs, the tools required to pull off the task, what materials you need to purchase, and of course how to go about the execution.
Mistake #2 – Not taking your measurements seriously
In any waterproofing job, there’s zero room for error when it comes to measurements. If your coverage is an inch short, the job’s a bust. Ok, it’s not entirely ruined, but it’s still more optimal to get your measurements right the first time. This way, your materials are cut just right, components are positioned right where you need them to be (and where they can function properly). The result is a great job, successfully accomplished.
Mistake #3 – Believing all the commercials you see in the media
You’ve seen those ads. They tell you that a one-step sealant will repair all your leaks. While they may give temporary results, they almost certainly won’t last. Also, quick unprofessional solutions will surely result in the need to make even more repairs in the future.
For example, using a waterproof paint sounds good. In particular conditions, it really will help you finish a wall properly. However, you can’t just apply a few coats of it on your home’s surfaces and think you’re done.
You need to check the reviews of the product you intend using. They may all advertise the same level of effectiveness, but many of these products can do more harm than good. For example, they may easily flake off after a while, and you’ll find yourself dealing with the moisture and damp seeping in again.
Mistake #4 – Using caulk to seal cracks
One of the commonest problems is water seeping through wall or basement cracks. Many homeowners think that the easy cure for all cracks is to apply caulk. While it will probably provide a temporary solution, it won’t last. You need to research the proper way to really seal those cracks and fissures, so that they stay closed. The cracks need to be cleaned out and dry before you start. A quick fix without preparation is no fix at all.
Mistake #5 – Not knowing your limits
Wouldn’t it be nice to pull off a waterproofing job all by yourself? Just you, your plans, and your tools. Unfortunately, that often won’t pan out. Especially for larger-scope tasks such as complete basement waterproofing overhauls.
Such tasks will be hard enough for seasoned veterans, and even then, they will still likely turn to the professionals for a more thorough job. You shouldn’t hesitate to do the same. That way you’re assured that no leaks or moisture will keep you from enjoying your home. Waterproofing pros will also have a better understanding of the specific conditions that may be present in your home, allowing for more bespoke fixes and solutions.
Don’t hesitate to consult the Waterproofing Pro’s
Due diligence is the answer. Research about your waterproofing requirements and plan properly so that you can do the job at hand well. This way, you’ll be prepared, and you can avoid making costly waterproofing mistakes that can lead to more stress in the long run.
When all else fails, look for the best contractor you can find to help you out with your waterproofing! For free advice and a reliable quote for doing the job right the first time, call Anchor Waterproofing. We’re a family owned, and operated company licensed since 1997 with a total of 30 years experience.
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