Author - Koushik Sarker

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5 Investments That Might be Damaging Your Building Structure

It’s shocking; but it’s often true! People love and care for their home and invest lots of money to keep it strong and beautiful. But, as per our structural engineer in Kolkata, often they do silly mistakes unknowingly which eventually damage their building badly.

It’s true that a house is the biggest investments in a person’s life and they want to keep it fine for years. Yes, it assures a cosy and free shelter for their future generation in their absence and even in the worst case, it can provide them a big financial support – only if you keep it in healthy condition.

But, how do they damage such a strong asset? What kind of mistakes they do? Here is a quick guidance.

Installing Solar Panel & DTH

Both solar system and DTH are important investments for your home. But, they need to be installed on the roof through drilling. As said by our structural engineer, mostly the person who installs these don’t care about your building structure and focus more on the appliance. Water keeps getting into your building’s core areas through these holes and makes those parts weaker various way.

Setting Up Plumbing System

Yup, one of the most important investments that you do after developing your home. Indian home owners, mostly hire plumbers once their home development is completed and so the plumbers has to make hole through your walls to create the connection. Unfortunately, these professionals can’t seal the gaps as efficiently as home developers. So, your home becomes vulnerable to rodents, termites and other types of concrete issues due to getting the top layer of your structure opened, says a damp proofing expert at Procon Technical Services.

Installing New Bathroom Fixture

Whether it’s a new geyser, shower or any other bathroom fixture, you need to do it with top finishing. Otherwise, moist of your bathroom will get soaked through these scars of your bathroom’s wall. It can cause saltpeter infection in your bathroom wall and can spread to the nearby room walls very rapidly. So, make sure you have waterproofed your walls properly after such new installations.

Hanging a Wall Paint

So, you have just purchased a new oil-paint for your drawing room to hide the blisters on your wall paint, right? But, do you know that blisters on wall are signs of damaged paint or damping. You must hire professional damp proofing services in Kolkata to fix the damping issue or have to go for a fresh coat of paint if it’s not a damping issue. Well, you of course can hang the wall paint and compliment your house interior.

Acid Cleaning

Cleaning your bathroom is one of the common habits of Indian home owners. These hygiene conscious people get a fresh feeling by cleaning their bathroom using strong acids. But, do you know that most of your bathroom materials react badly with acid? Yes, in long run, it damages the bathroom floor and other fixtures and you may face issues like leakage — especially in the corner areas where traces of acids remains even after flushing with water. So, as per a structural engineer in Kolkata, it’s best to use some mild herbal acid or use some detergent powder. It may make your task little tougher; but after-all it’s good for your home’s health.

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Roof Maintenance for Better Building Health — Tips by Waterproofing Contractors in Kolkata

A house is the one of the biggest assets for a person and it should be cared accordingly, says one of our senior waterproofing contractors, Mr. Koushik Sarker. While a properly built concrete house should have an overall life of 70 to 100 years, it can vary widely depending upon 3 major factors which are:

  • Raw material’s quality
  • Scientific Structure of the Building
  • Maintenance

The problem is that most of home owners discover the issues in the first two points when it’s too late and the worst thing is, it’s non-reversible. But, you always can act seriously on the third point — that is ‘maintenance’.

How to maintain a cement roof?

Cement is one of the strongest and most durable raw materials used in building construction. But, being a chemical, it demands some care to maintain the bonding and chemical structure. No, it’s not anything about chemistry – there’s no rocket science. Here is a quick guide on this:

Do Regular Cleaning

Roof remains out of our day to day sight and thus debris get deposited. It holds water and moisture which can badly affect the cement and can cause mildew and damping issue, says our waterproofing contractors. So, clean your roof at least once in a month. If there are trees around your building, then you may need to increase the frequency, especially during the winters. Also give special care on the drainage system so that rain waters can drain out easily. In case of commercial buildings, you need to hire professionals for thorough cleaning and time to time structural analysis.

Check for Sloping Issues

Roofs are designed to glide through water easily in a particular direction so that water doesn’t get blocked. But, roofs developed by unprofessionals may have some sloping issue. Also the old houses may develop such issues due to sinking of the roof over time. Get it checked by experts before it damages your concrete layer. If required, you may have to apply an additional layer of concrete to fix the slope-issue.

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Check for Cracks and Damages

After a certain age, roof becomes weaker and it can develop cracks after an earthquake. If your house is located beside any highway or railway, it can be an easy victim due to the tremor caused by the passing heavy vehicles. In case, you find any such symptom, get in touch with any experienced structural analysis expert to analyze the severity of the damage and the possible cure.

Find Damp Signs

Damp signs in roofs is common in both residential and commercial buildings. But, it can literally affect the life of your building and also make your house unsafe. Long term damping issue damages the strength of the structure badly and it may not be able to sustain a mid-range of earthquake. So, don’t take it lightly and go for roof treatment for water leakage.

Check Blisters in Ceiling

Blistering of ceiling is another symptom of damp and water leakage where you may not be directly able to see the damp signs. Actually, it’s the effect of vaporization of the moist during the sunny days after a rain where the vapor spreads and detaches the concrete – eventually causing blisters. They are highly risky and it can cause concrete cancer.