Can I do a Waterproofing Job Myself or Should I Hire a Professional?
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Are you planning to waterproof an area of your home, but don't know where to begin? Not sure if you should even venture to try on your own? Waterproofing is one of those jobs in the home where it’s difficult to decide whether to do the work yourself. It’s not as simple as painting or putting up tiles. If you feel confident enough, then it’s certainly possible to have a go at doing some of the smaller jobs yourself, but for larger areas it may be wise to hire a professional.
One of the most important things to remember when you’re doing a waterproofing job is to be prepared. If you don’t have the right tools you aren’t going to be able to do the job well. Likewise if you don’t prepare the area you are waterproofing then it isn’t going to work as it should.
What sort of preparation should you do?
One of the most important things to decide is what type of waterproofing product you want to buy. You’ll need to take into account the considerations you have; do you have a restricted budget, are you a newcomer to waterproofing who needs an easy product to use, do you want to buy the most reliable product regardless of cost and difficulty? If you’re having doubts as to what you need, discuss your job with the product suppliers and ask for some advice.
Once you have the product make sure you read all of the advice and information. If you are waterproofing your bathroom for instance make sure you know exactly what plan you have to follow. It’s even a good idea to do a walk through of the process before you complete the job for real. Lay out all of the tools and equipment you need and just go through the motions; this will get you used to handling the equipment and help to prevent any costly mistakes later on.
What else do you need to remember?
One if the most vital things to get right when waterproofing is the calculation of materials; you need to make sure that you have enough to cover the entire area. You need the mixture that you are using to set at exactly the same time so you don’t want to be running back to the store when you realize that you haven’t got enough of the product.
It’s also very important to make sure that the substrate is ready to accept the mixture that you’re using. If you don’t do all of the prep that you need then the chances are that you’re going to experience leaks when the job is finished.
Before you start the job, go over every part of the process as a practice run; you’ll benefit from this at
the end of the day as it will improve the standard of the job you complete. Always bear in mind that you need to recognize the limitations of your experience. If you think the job is going to be too big for you, it’s probably best to pick up the phone and call a professional.