The History of Waterproofing

The history of waterproofing. A fight against the elements has been a constant battle for homeowners since the dawn of civilization. The history of waterproofing stretches as far back as 13,000 years and is considered the third oldest trade (behind masonry and carpentry).

The Agrarian Revolution

The Agrarian revolution saw a decrease in small hunter-gatherer groups as many formed larger social units and stayed in more permanent locations. This resulted in agriculture and thus excess grain from the harvests needed to be stored and protected from moisture. Waterproofing was necessary to protect the farmed produce in the rooms they were stored in.

The Neolithic Revolution

The Neolithic revolution saw the rise of water transportation to allow exploration, fishing and trading. The primitive boats were sealed with bitumen emulsion from the surface of peat bogs, ensuring they were waterproofed.


However, the most ingenious of all in the history of waterproofing were the ancient Egyptians. Around 3600 BC, the ancient Egyptians built the first monolithic structures, and The Great Pyramid of Giza remains the largest man-made masonry building in the world. In the 1970s, archaeologists exposed the original waterproofing on the limestone foundation blocks. A bitumen emulsion had been applied in coats with dry reed fibre applied in cross layers. Each year, the Nile would flood and surround the pyramid, yet when it was opened in the 1800s, the tombs were completely dry.

Despite Egyptians showing amazing waterproofing skills millenniums ago, waterproofing failures in the 21st century are widespread. They are the biggest problem facing the construction industry and cost hundreds of millions every year to repair.

Waterproofing Note

Nearly 80% of all complaints against builders relate to water penetration and the resulting damage, and the majority of these are because of their failure to waterproof effectively.

Let one of the best waterproofing companies around help you keep your home safe from water damage. If you would like to learn more about us then contact us today. There’s never any need to accept anything other than the very best when working with our team. We look forward to providing you with all the information needed to make a fully informed purchase decision. And to help you keep your home water damage-free for many, many years to come.

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