In our home lives, we understand the value of maintenance. We wash our cars, check our gutters, vacuum our floors and look after our health. The same care and maintenance is applicable to the buildings we protect through waterproofing, because, when certain areas are neglected or left unchecked, the consequences can be damaging and costly.
Colin Picton, Fosroc ANZ Product Segment Specialist for Waterproofing and Joint Sealants, emphasises the importance of regular maintenance, and prompt rectification of any damage.
“Maintenance plays a crucial role in maximising the longevity and performance of waterproofing products,” Mr Picton said. “Keeping exposed areas clean makes it easier to check for cracking caused by movement or damage from falling debris.
“Checking for, and clearing, a blocked drain is far more effective and financially palatable than spending big money on re-waterproofing and the ensuing disruption it causes. Following a planned cleaning and maintenance program not only keeps the structure looking good, it will help avoid unexpected costs moving forward.”
When it comes to waterproofing solutions, Fosroc ANZ’s Nitoproof systems provide trusted, world-class results. The liquid-applied range of membranes and topcoats, together with Nitoseal sealants, are made to withstand the toughest Australian conditions, and preserve the durability of the underlying structures it protects.
Fosroc’s top maintenance tips
Stay ahead with regular inspections
Create and action a scheduled maintenance plan in accordance with AS4654.2 2012. Pay close attention to joints, corners and terminations, and look for membrane cracking and blistering, bald spots or any other wear and tear. Storm damage from hail or fallen branches and debris can block drains. Record the inspection, including taking photographs.
Preserve performance through proper cleaning
Regular cleaning is essential for preserving the effectiveness of the Nitoproof system. Exposed to the elements, the membrane may accumulate dirt, debris, or other contaminants that could compromise its performance.
Clean coatings with a neutral pH cleaner or detergent and apply to the surface using a soft bristle broom. Rinse off thoroughly with clean water using low-pressure spray. In coastal areas more regular cleaning may be required to prevent the build-up of salt contamination, every six months is recommended.
Optimal drainage for long-term integrity
Keeping drains clear and functional prevents water accumulation, which can cause additional stress on the waterproofing membrane. Checking regularly, especially after storm or hail events will reduce the risk of leaks or structural damage.
Timely repairs for lasting performance
In the event of accidental damage or unforeseen circumstances, timely repairs are crucial for sustaining the performance of the Nitoproof waterproofing membrane. Before undertaking any repairs ensure the underlying cause has been identified and addressed. Any necessary repairs or maintenance should be carried out promptly by a suitably qualified contractor.
Commitment to waterproofing success
Regular inspections, proper cleaning, optimal drainage, and timely repairs are the cornerstones of effective maintenance. “Regular and comprehensive maintenance practices optimise the durability of any waterproofing system,” Mr Picton said.
“By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can safeguard your structure, avoid costly repairs, and have peace of mind knowing that your waterproofing system is well-maintained.”
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