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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked into some of the major benefits of strong waterproofing being applied on your commercial facility. From simple safety and liability themes to improved energy efficiency and more, there are several reasons to prioritize waterproofing -- and also several risks that come into play if you don't carry out this process.
At Intermountain Coatings, we're happy to offer a wide range of commercial coating and waterproofing products for everything from parking decks to kitchen floors, plus everything in between. In today's part two of our series, we'll go over those risks you're facing if you choose not to waterproof your commercial building.
Another major benefit of waterproofing is the way it makes the building more breathable -- not only does it prevent moisture and other liquids from getting in, it allows liquid and vapor to escape. Without waterproofing, however, many buildings will have walls that can't "breathe," so to speak, and this can lead to a number of problems.
One of the most common is mold growth, which can cause significant damage to your building and also create a serious health hazard for employees, customers or other occupants. Inhalation of mold spores can cause respiratory problems, headaches, itchy eyes and more, while skin contact can lead to rashes and other irritation.
Mold and mildew can also cause rot, which weakens wood and other materials, leading to structural damage that can be expensive to repair. Not only does waterproofing protect against mold, rot and mildew growth, it also makes the building much easier to clean -- another big plus for business owners.
Another common issue associated with failing to waterproof is an increase in energy costs. When water seeps into the building, it can cause drafts and other temperature issues that make it more difficult to keep the building comfortable. This, in turn, leads to higher energy bills as you try to maintain a consistent temperature.
Waterproofing helps to seal the building and prevent drafts, making it easier to keep the temperature comfortable and minimizing energy costs. In addition, many commercial waterproofing products also offer thermal protection, which can further reduce energy costs by reflecting heat away from the building.
Another major issue that can occur when waterproofing is neglected is UV damage. Over time, sunlight will cause fading and other damage to interior surfaces, furnishings and more. Waterproofing helps to protect against this by providing a barrier against the sun's rays.
In addition, many commercial waterproofing products also offer UV protection, which can further extend the life of your building's finishes and furnishings.
Finally, it's important to note that failing to waterproof can also lead to safety and liability issues. Waterproofing helps to prevent slips and falls, as well as other accidents that can occur when floors or other surfaces are wet. In addition, if the building is not properly waterproofed, it can be more difficult to evacuate in the event of a fire or other emergency.
By failing to waterproof, you're not only putting your building at risk, you're also putting your employees, customers and other occupants at risk. To learn about your options for waterproofing and coating, speak to our team at Intermountain Coatings today.