Waterproofing is the process of making an object or structure waterproof or water-resistant, so that it remains relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions. Such items may be used in wet environments or under water to specified depths.
Water resistant and waterproof often refer to penetration of water in its liquid state and possibly under pressure, whereas damp proof refers to resistance to humidity or dampness.Permeation of water vapor through a material or structure is reported as a moisture vapor transmission rate.
The hulls of boats and ships were once waterproofed by applying tar or pitch. Modern items may be waterproofed by applying water-repellent coatings or by sealing seams with gaskets or O-rings.
Waterproofing is used in reference to building structures (such as basements, decks, or wet areas), watercraft, canvas, clothing (raincoats or waders), electronic devices and paper packaging (such as cartons for liquids)
There are two types of water proof surfaces that are mainly water proofed during construction:
- Roof waterproofing
- Basement waterproofing
- ROOF WATER PROOFING
A roof is exposed to severe weather conditions throughout the year. If a Roof is not waterproofed properly, it leads to damp patches on the ceiling. In case of severe cases, water seeps down and results in leakages. Roof waterproofing is critical for structural integrity. Roofs are not just visual features; they fulfill a key role in facility protection. Whether flat or domed, every roof structure has a unique character. As the highest point of a building, roofs are continuously, year after year, bombarded by the elements, frequently giving way to costly leaks. Polyurethane roof coating systems for long-term protection of simple, and/or complex roof structures.
- BASEMENT WATERPROOFING
No matter if your basement is finished or you use it as just a storage room, it is important for the structural integrity of your home to combat a wet basement problem as soon as you discover it. The main cause of basement water flooding and leakage is due to the groundwater swelling. This occurs when the water table has exceeded its high point and the Soil surrounding your home is unable to hold the extra water, causing a consistent runoff problem. If you have a wet basement due to groundwater swelling, your basement will be wet for a long period after each rain fall and there may be water bubbling up from the joints between the wall and floor. Many homes in Kenya and East Africa are not constructed with protection from high groundwater resulting in increase in water leakage and flooding.
At the East African Flooring Company we are perfectly suited to ensure that your basement becomes water proof by combining our years of experience and professionalism in water proofing surfaces. We use a high range of water proofing materials that will ensure quality finish in record time.