Depending on how old your home is, there is a pretty good chance that some of the areas that are now waterproofed in every new construction, were overlooked back then. For a long time, the only areas that were waterproofed as standard were bathrooms, laundries and perhaps your kitchen. That was it, and it left your home pretty wide open for a lot of potential moisture to seep into the structure through one of the other areas that often get wet. Here are three areas of an older home that you may want to get waterproofed before it is too late.
While basement waterproofing is standard now, it has not always been this way. A lot of people (wrongly) assume that concrete slabs at the bottom of their basement are waterproof anyway. In actual fact, they are more susceptible to water over the long run than many other materials. Waterproofing a basement ensures that if there is any run-off from the rest of the house, that it will not negatively impact the most important structural element of your whole home: the foundations. This sort of waterproofing is normally quite easy to do because basements are often unused and have very simple layouts, so it won't take too long.
While verandas don't really need to be waterproofed because they are on the first level, if you have a second story balcony (or one higher up), then it will definitely need waterproofing to ensure that the internals do not decay under your watch. While the exterior of your balcony is likely tile, the interior is generally the same wooden support beams that run through the rest of your home's flooring. Without waterproofing, these internals are much more at risk to the rain and humidity that comes with being located outside the main four walls of your home.
If you have an attached garage, then waterproofing not only protects the items you keep in your garage but also the surrounding building structure. Mould and moisture will not stay in one place; if it gets into the wooden interior of your walls, it will spread from your garage to other areas of your house. Garages are prime candidates for mould and rot because the door is often left open to the world, and just like your balcony and basement, rain commonly seeps into your garage. Waterproofing your garage also means that the moisture your car brings in will not have adverse effects in the future as well.
Contact a local waterproofing service to ask about how to waterproof these areas.