Water damage can come from a variety of sources including surface or rain water, underground water under hydrostatic pressure or internal sources. Waterproof paint applications in affected areas can solve these problems for you.
The next time you take a shower, consider the damage you may be causing to your home. Actually, one shower will not cause moisture damage in itself, but together with washing clothes, steam from cooking, and dishwashing, a good deal of moisture is added to the atmosphere of your home each day. And on the outside, rain and snow regularly drop a good deal of moisture on your house. All these factors can cause extensive damage both to your home's appearance and structure. Moisture can cause ugly rusting or decay of building materials, and blistering or peeling of painted surfaces. It can warp wood, and promote mildew and other fungi growth on our home.
But moisture need not be a menace, if you are aware of its threat and take the proper steps to prevent its accumulation in unwanted areas of your home. You should understand how moisture damage occurs, learn how to prevent future damage, and know how to repair present damage with waterproof paint.
Each year rain, ice and snow can expose the outside of your home to great quantities of moisture. Moisture has historically been the cause of damage to building structures, but because of recent energy-saving measures, environmental factors can cause more havoc to homes than they used to.
As with exterior damage, it does not help much to repair the surface of the interior of your home before you have corrected the problems that caused the damage in the first place. Check for interior surface damage in such moisture-release areas as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, attics and basements. Before moving forward with a waterproof paint application you will want to be sure to look past cosmetic damage and check insulation and sheetrock to see if it is wet.
The key to preventing future moisture problems inside your home is to make sure your house is tight enough to prevent moisture from entering but at the same time appropriately ventilated to allow interior-produced moisture to escape. Most importantly, you want moisture to escape through vents, windows and other openings created for that purpose – not through walls and ceilings where it will eventually cause structural damage.
Certain types of paint can be excellent vapor barriers, helping to keep moisture from permeating walls and ceilings. Vapor barriers, when used to coat interior ceilings and walls, inhibit inside moisture from penetrating these surfaces and damaging insulation and exterior finishes. Many Top Secret Coatings products work well as moisture barriers and there are now special vapor barrier primer (TS-401 Vapor Guard Primer) and waterproof paint (TS 100 1 Part Epoxy, TS-2, TS-4) available as well. A waterproof paint topcoat can be applied over the vapor barrier primer if the latter is not available in the color of your choice.
By ridding your home of moisture traps, promptly repairing any damage, and repainting or re-coating properly, your home will be more energy efficient, protected from harsh weather, and more attractive.