Able waterproofing offers residential waterproofing services to Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. Whether it be a bathroom renovation, balconies, rooftops, planter boxes, new builds, damp proofing or leak detection, Able waterproofing offers a wide range of solutions at a competitive price.
Able waterproofing has developed relationships with many reputable manufacturers and has the backing of Australia's largest waterproofing suppliers. We have the expertise to install a wide range of systems, including liquid, sheet, and torch on membranes.
There are many possibilities when it comes to a water leak and Able waterproofing has the detection equipment needed to pinpoint hard to find leaks.
We offer a range of methods for testing for leaks including ;
Save yourself the hassle of trying to source a leak and avoid any unnecessary and potentially costly repairs.
Remedial waterproofing is the process of repairing damage caused by a failed waterproofing system and the waterproofing system itself. Waterproofing is the biggest construction defect today and is the cause for millions of dollars in rectification works annually. The building industry is slowly recognising this and acknowledging the importance of a waterproofer that has the knowledge to ensure the system lasts. Waterproofing typically costs 1-3% of the total build cost and while some choose the cheapest quote, this can leave an expensive repair bill.
Leaking showers, balconies, roof tops, planter boxes and retaining walls are quite common and in most cases will require the removal of fixings & tiles followed by the replacement of any damaged substrates then reinstallation of the waterproofing system, tiling and fixings. The repair bill can be that of a full renovation. Some businesses advertise to “fix leaking showers or balconies without removing tiles”, while these may yield short term success, they are not a permanent fix.
Water reactive injection systems prove valuable for many scenarios where the only solution is to repair the leak from the negative side. These systems work by using a high pressure pump to inject a water swellable polyurethane liquid into the crack or joint. Once the polyurethane meets with the water it instantly swells and creates a pressure seal.
Able Waterproofing offers remediation solutions for all types of waterproofing defects or leaks from leaking shower base repairs, polyurethane injection, negative side waterproofing systems, concrete crack repairs and active water leak repairs.
Below ground waterproofing is one of the most important parts of the whole build process. If this waterproofing system fails, the structural integrity of the building can be compromised. Failed below ground waterproofing is a leading type of waterproofing failure, at times even completely left out of the build process. When these areas pose a problem or start to leak the repair bills can skyrocket as the repair usually involves excavating the soil to access the below ground areas. Below ground waterproofing systems are complex compared to internal or external non exposed areas as the membrane must be; root resistant, non degradable, high resistance to re-emulsification and resistant to salts and minerals. A typical below ground waterproofing system consists of a liquid membrane, either cementitious in make up or bitumen modified, a protection board, drainage cell and filter media followed by a back fill containing an ag line and blue metal.
Rising damp is a phenomenon where part of a building is below ground and the ground moisture and water wicks up and through the substrate from the soil. The pressure of the water is known as hydrostatic pressure.
Rising damp can have implications such as:
Able Waterproofing offers many solutions for rising damp and groundwater issues and below ground applications, from both the positive and negative sides. Common products used are:
Torch On MembranesTorch on waterproofing membranes have been used for many years, these systems are known for their longevity especially in exposed flat roof applications. Torch on waterproofing membranes come in sheet form on rolls, and are applied by means of heating with a gas torch to their melting point and then laid on the substrate. They are made of modified asphaltic bitumen and come in 2 main types, SBS - A rubber modified variant & APP - a plastic modified variant. Torch on systems can be either a single ply or dual ply system with film thickness ranging from 4mm-7mm. The exposed layer is often a mineral chip coated face with a rough texture designed to protect the membrane fromUV and foot traffic while providing an aesthetic finish. Torch on waterproofing is a heavy duty solution and in general will have the longest service life and manufacturer warranty for exposed applications.
Other applications where torch on waterproofing membranes are used are; Planter boxes, retaining walls, green roof areas, plant rooms,box gutters, balconies & podium decks.
Liquid waterproofing systems are the most commonly used membranes. They come in the form of a rollable, trowelable or sprayable liquid packed in drums. Liquid waterproofing systems provide a seamless impervious layer and are flexible & hard wearing. Liquid waterproofing systems are compatible with all applications and come in an array of different make ups and formulas depending on the application.
Some different types of liquid waterproofing systems include;
These liquid systems are mostly made up of polyurethanes, polyureas, SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubbers), Acrylics & Polyamine or epoxy formulations.