A firm foundation makes a strong home. If the foundation fumbles, the home crumbles. Hence, building a strong foundation is the most important step of constructing a new home, as the entire structure stands on it. On the other hand, a weak base leads to life and economic hazards.
Leak makes it weak:
One of the major causes that lead to a weak foundation is water leakage. As water seeps into the corners of the floors, it corrodes even the strongest base. Hence, it is extremely important to use a water-repellent cement in the foundation, so that it receives an all-round protection against the cons of leakage. Leakage poses a threat to your home in various ways such as:
- Loose flooring, wall cracks, roof issues which are the ‘referred symptoms’ and are a direct result of a weak foundation
- As a result of leakage-induced weak foundation, your home will not resist any natural calamity like an earthquake, which will put your and your family’s life at risk
- Health issues and infections caused due to dampness, as the damp patches lead to mold and bacteria growth
- Easy entry of pests such as rats and cockroaches, owing to cracks in the floors
So, how can you protect the foundation of your home, and make it tight so that it can resist leakage? Here are some golden tips you should keep in mind to build a strong foundation for your home:
a) Spot that Soil
Gauge the kind of soil of the plot that you have chosen for your home. Dryland will give your house a stable base, while wet and soft soil may lead to issues like cracked tiles. Again, damp soil will also lead to water leakage and problems that come along with it.
b) No escaping the landscaping
Landscaping, in simple language, means planning and allotting of outer space around the main house. Such things, too, are prepared well in advance and taken care of during the construction phase. If you wish to utilise the outside area, you need to be vigilant about how that space is planned, what are the ground levels, and more, because improper landscaping can lead to water seeping inside the basement. This can happen swiftly, during the construction, or gradually, post it.
c) Up the construction game
While constructing the foundation, pay attention to the quality and proportions in the piers. For instance, if you are using cement piers, the cement of inferior quality will do immense harm to the foundation and will lead to uncalled for movement in slabs, subsequently leading to a weak foundation. Add to it the continually varying levels of water, and you have a disaster ready at hand. Thus, make sure that quality cement is used which will ensure that your foundation is a firm one and lasts long. A water-repellent cement will not only take care of that but also provide your home with 360-degree protection against leakage and other issues due to varying levels of water.
d) Groundwater grudges
Groundwater, one of the most important natural sources of water, basically refers to the water which seeps through the ground and rests between the cracks of rocks, soil, and sand underneath. It is prone to changes due to atmospheric pressure. Also, in some regions of India, the water tables are high while some areas are at the receiving end of heavy rainfall. Hence, proper precautions should be taken because if the water level underneath rises, it can cause dampness and other issues. Further, groundwater can leak in through the walls if the level is higher than the basement level. So, how does one ensure that groundwater does not cause leakage and weaken your foundation?
Use a good water-repellent cement such as ACC Gold Water Shield, which provides 360-degree protection, and it can withstand the attack of leakage from all corners, thus protecting the house and ensuring that it protects your home like a shield.
Water leakage is like a virus. It makes your home, sick and unhealthy. Fight it right with good quality construction, especially for essential parts like the foundation. Stay alert right from the start, and give the base of your home the necessary protection it deserves. After all, you build a ‘Kamaal ka Ghar’ once in a lifetime, so why settle for anything average?
Happy home building!