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What are the benefits of waterproofing?
- Waterproofing Protects Buildings: Damage caused by water in buildings is one of the most important dangers in terms of life and property safety, especially in regions where there is earthquake threat. Water leaking into the building reinforcement from anyhow causes the corrosion of the building reinforcement by freezing and heating or chemical reactions. With the corrosion of the reinforcement, the strength will be weakened and the life of the building will be negatively affected.
We cannot usually see the damage that water has done to the durability of our buildings. However, we can only notice when we encounter the consequences. It is almost impossible for a corroded building to survive in a major earthquake. Therefore, waterproofing has vital importance, especially in earthquake-prone countries.
- Waterproofing Provides Comfort to Human Life: Even though water is an indispensable element for humans, our buildings have to be protected from it. The moisture of the soil and unpressurized water pass through the pores of the construction element and cause the formation of organisms such as mold, black stain and fungus on the indoor surface. Therefore, it disrupts our comfort by causing decay of natural materials such as wood on the inner surface, swelling of the plaster, rusting of the reinforcement in the columns and shear walls.
Moisture and mold caused by moisture emit bad odors in buildings. This situation will disturb the people in the environment. Preventing moisture, which is possible due to waterproofing, also removes the possibility of the spread of these bad odors, which are negative for human comfort.
Waterproofing prevents the formation of organisms like bacteria, mold, etc. while ensuring comfortable structures by preventing water from weakening buildings.
- Waterproofing Contributes to the Economy: Buildings whose economic values are increasing today should be long-lasting. Today, the lifetime of a building is about 50 years. The negative effects of water reduce the service life of buildings. This is an important loss for the country and the individual economy. This loss is also compensated with waterproofing.