Everything Involved In Waterproofing A Commercial Property


You want your commercial property to be durable and long-lasting. Waterproofing a commercial property is one way to ensure that this remains true, but it is a method that business owners sometimes overlook. Whether you’re interested in maintaining or repairing your current methods or investing in an efficient method for your property, this blog will detail everything involved in waterproofing a commercial property.

At BAVAP Solutions, we have a thorough understanding of the construction industry and understand that time and quality are the most important commodities for small and large-scale construction flooring projects. BAVAP is an Accredited Licensed Applicator of waterproofing. We install liquid-applied products in wet areas, kitchens, balconies, retaining walls and plant rooms in both commercial and domestic environments.

This means that if your building needs waterproofing, we have the expertise and experience to deliver you a fantastic result.

What Areas of a Building are Susceptible to Water-Damage?

While the whole property should be protected from water damage, there are areas in a building that are particularly at risk of water damage. When considering waterproofing your property, you should pay particular attention to the following areas, and any area around them, too. These include:

  • Roofs, and especially flat roofs without adequate drainage solutions
  • Balconies and terraces
  • Lift pits
  • Cellars
  • Expansion joints
  • Water tanks
  • Ponds
  • Fountains
  • Retaining walls
  • Podium decks
  • Planter boxes
  • Basements

Why Should You Waterproof a Building?

Waterproofing a building ensures its longevity and durability. However, it’s a construction type that business owners often overlook. While many see it as a way of preserving the structure of a building, there are actually a few essential reasons that should be considered when making a decision about waterproofing a building. These include:

  • Safety Reasons – if a building doesn’t have the right protection, there’s always the heightened risk of water seeping through and mixing with electricity. This obviously gives a dangerous cause for flooding, electrocution, and even fire. However, less extreme is the risk of dangerous mould forming, which can lead to allergic reactions.
  • Energy Efficiency – moisture will seep into buildings, particularly if not protected against rainfall. Temperature changes will cause inefficient energy use.
  • Property Value – Water damage can severely impact the value of your property. In order to maintain it throughout the period of ownership or lease agreement, ensure that it’s properly protected against the elements.

Many different waterproofing methods can be used for your commercial property. At BAVAP, we focus on liquid-applied products in both commercial and domestic environments. However, we’ll detail out the other methods here, too.

Liquid Membrane Waterproofing

Liquid waterproofing uses three layers of coating to protect a surface. This is a highly effective waterproofing method due to the layers used and the flexible membranes in the coating type.

This is a really versatile method of waterproofing, which means it can be used on a number of surfaces. It extends the longevity and durability of the materials it’s applied to.

Cementitious Waterproofing

Cementitious waterproofing is a highly popular method of waterproofing a building. It’s widely available and easy to mix and apply.

This waterproofing option is particularly beneficial for areas in a building that retains or contains a lot of moisture – for example, kitchens and bathrooms. It’s robust and is great for interior rooms as it doesn’t expand or contract from temperature or environmental changes.

Bituminous Coating Waterproofing

This is also known as asphalt coating and is a popular method used by many who want to waterproof their property. It’s a really flexible method and is mostly used on concrete-based foundations.

However, it becomes less effective when exposed to prolonged sunlight. If you are planning on using this in an outside space, get a modified version.

Polyurethane Membrane Waterproofing

This method is really flexible and particularly popular on flat roofs. However, it’s quite an expensive material and does require expert installation.

As you can see, there are many risks associated with not sufficiently waterproofing a property. From damaged interiors to an added risk of fire, mould, and even electrocution, the risk that excess water can bring to a property is very real and prevalent. Protect your business and your property and invest in a good waterproofing method today, to save yourself money, loss, and stress, later.

Contact one of our friendly experts at BAVAP today to see how we can help waterproof your building.

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