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Commercial Waterproofing: Protecting Your Structure from Water Damage

Commercial structures are built to withstand adverse conditions. However, they are no invulnerable to damage from harsh weather conditions. In simple terms, if the building is exposed to floods which can come as a result of torrential rain or storms, deterioration could occur. The water could seep into the lower structure of the building and seep through the slabs. As a result, the structural integrity of the building will be compromised. In addition, you might notice other problems like leaks and mildew. If your structure is not adequately waterproofed, your will lose a lot of income due to the problems. Here are simple tips to help you prevent structural deterioration.

Inspect the Building

You should inspect the building regularly for structural weaknesses which could allow water seepage and subsequent damage. This process should be carried out before the local region begins raining. The goal is to identify the elements of the building with insufficient waterproofing. This will allow you to conduct timely resealing of the structure. In addition, the inspection will help you discover cracks and other forms of damage in your building.

Repair the Structure

If your inspection reveals damage in your commercial structure, you should plan for repairs. Repairs are essential before the application of a waterproofing coating. This aspect will form a tighter seal against water which might flow to your building during a flood or storm. The most common structural problem is foundation cracking. In general, this problem will be solved by applying a crack injection or patching compound to the damaged section of the building.

Plan for Waterproofing

It is important to apply a waterproofing solution to your commercial building after conducting repairs. This is crucial for the stability of the property. It is important to note that moisture will not only seep through cracks and other damaged areas of the structure. Water can flow through porous building materials like concrete. If there is poor sealing, the damage could be extensive. There are numerous options for waterproofing, including topical sealers, penetrating sealers and membranes. If you are uncertain about the best option, you should consult your waterproofing contractor.  

Improve Drainage

Finally, you should improve your drainage system around the commercial building. This practice is crucial for preventing the build-up of water around the basement of the structure. You can promote the better evacuation of water by ensuring that your property is well-graded and managing your roof drainage properly. In addition, you should install good stormwater drains to lead the water from your building's foundation.