How to identify infiltration problems in your home
Problems related to water infiltration can be dangerous for you and your home. Neglecting them can lead to serious consequences for your finances, but also for your health and well-being, due to the appearance of fungi and harmful environments. For these reasons, it is essential to be able to identify and resolve them at an early stage, in order to avoid great damage. Take advantage of this time at home to learn how to identify these problems and have a complete check-up at your home.
What are the origins of infiltrations?
Most infiltration problems are related to factors such as:
- Mistakes in the design phase;
- Problems during the execution of the works;
- Use of inappropriate materials and application techniques;
- Lack of maintenance.
How can you identify these problems?
Our house speaks to us, we just need to know how to listen. There are several signs that show that our home needs repairs and to which we should pay attention. Since infiltrations can affect any part of the house, we shouldn’t ignore any room.
The most obvious signs of problems related to infiltration appear in the form of cracks, stains, and damage to materials, compromising our home from an aesthetic point of view but also from safety. We may be talking about mold and mildew on the walls or even the deterioration of the structure and coatings.
But if we want to be quick to identify problems, we need to consider some more clues, such as:
- paint damage;
- odors other than normal;
- deterioration of coatings;
- the detachment of floors;
- electrical problems:
- stains near the baseboards (they may indicate, among other possibilities, that the soil moisture is rising home).
Although these problems can appear in any room in the house, there are rooms that, due to their typology, are more susceptible than others. Some interior spaces, such as bathrooms, may have a higher frequency of stains, especially during the winter months, due to water vapor.
We must also be aware that infiltrations do not always originate in our home. If we live in an apartment, there are situations where the origin is related to problems in the neighbors’ houses. If you are in a situation like this, look for professionals in the area who can confirm the diagnosis and then contact your neighbor or the condominium administration.
How can you solve them or avoid them?
If you can detect the source of your infiltration problem, you should try to solve it as soon as possible, to minimize the consequences of it. The resolution or prevention of these problems involves, inevitably, the selection and application of waterproofing solutions.
- Preventive measures
As previously mentioned, the best option is to invest in preventive measures, contemplating a waterproofing and maintenance plan in the medium and long term. In other words, at the design stage, it is necessary to take the necessary precautions and respond correctly to singular points and security requirements so that these problems have a reduced probability of ever happening.
- Reactive measures
In case the work is already completed with mistakes, it is necessary to contact competent professionals who follow the appropriate procedures and use materials with proven effectiveness. These professionals, such as Prudêncio, will have the ability to identify the source of the problem and to find and apply the most appropriate solution for that specific problem.
Some occurrences, such as certain stains and the presence of mold, may not originate from infiltrations, but from the excess of steam production (as in the case of bathrooms and kitchens) or condensation problems.
In these cases the solution is to properly ventilate the house, in particular these rooms, and to apply efficient thermal insulation, which also provides for the elimination of possible thermal bridges.
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