Seepage

March 15, 2018

 

 

 One of the most feared defects when buying a new home is Seepage. It has the potential not only to be a nuisance but can also lead to big financial liability. Seepage can be seen in many forms and can be caused due to various reasons. Lets look at some seepage types:

 

1. Foundation: If you live on ground floor or have an independent home the moisture may seep in from the foundation if the waterproofing work in the foundation is not done properly. The moisture may be observed even on the walls as water climbs up due to capillary action. Usually the wetness is observed on the lower half of the wall in such cases.

 

2. External Walls: The external walls are exposed to the elements of nature. Changing seasons cause change in temperature, relative humidity, rain exposure and varying intensities of radiation from sun. All this may lead to deterioration of paint, plaster and other coatings on the walls. The rain water may then seep into the wall and reach your home.

 

3. Ceiling: Top floor flats have the risk of seepage through the roof of the building. But it doesn't mean the flats not on the top floor have zero risk of seepage. Accidental overflow of a sink in the flat above you can lead to water logging or formation of puddle. The floor is waterproofed only in bathrooms and kitchen. if the water logging occurs in other places then the water will seep through to the flat below through the ceiling. This is the most dangerous as water assisted by gravity can seep to concealed wiring and affect the whole wiring system of the home.

 

4. Bathroom/Plumbing: A leaky drain, badly done waterproofing work or poor quality plumbing accessories used in concealed piping can all lead to water getting out of the plumbing system and into the walls or ceilings. While this type of seepage is the most common it is also the most easily identifiable and hence easy to repair.

5. Accessory fittings: A new Lamp fitting screwed on the external wall, nails hammered into the external wall to fasten the support structure or Holes drilled to anchor bolts for the retractable shade on the terrace can all provide a way in for rain water. One has to be very careful about sealing the exposed part of the wall after the structural modifications are done.

 

5. Accessory fittings: A new Lamp fitting screwed on the external wall, nails hammered into the external wall to fasten the support structure or Holes drilled to anchor bolts for the retractable shade on the terrace can all provide a way in for rain water. One has to be very careful about sealing the exposed part of the wall after the structural modifications are done.

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