Damp proofing in South Africa is a huge need across the board. With every house being affected by damp and water damage at one point or another, this is an important element of your home to take note of. Damp can not only cause huge damage over time to your property, but is also a health risk and cause of a variety of illnesses and respiratory problems.
It is important to understand and manage your roof maintenance requirements effectively.
Here are a 5 key tips to ensuring a damp proof property:
1. Get a full inspection of the property
A trusted specialist like Roof Proof Restoration offers a range of roofing and repair services that gives you peace of mind at home, and security at the office. As a local professional brand, finding a premium service provider is your best bet to ensure that you understand the local area’s climate, and potential damp risks. This inspection can be done yourself; however, it is not always advised as it can be tricky to spot signs of damp, or identify any possible issues that could become bigger in time. This is where the expert knowledge of our professional Roof Proof Team comes into play. A professional will not only know what to look for, but also be able to give you practical advice on how to prevent damp from taking over your property.
2. Invest in a damp proofing system
Many newer homes are built with a special system in place that prevents damp forming throughout the house. Older homes may need investment in a damp reduction system. These systems can be installed by the experts at Roof Proof Restoration. It is an excellent investment that will see you through the season changes from year to year; the costs involved are mitigated by saved time, money and stress. A damp proofing system, such as Hydroproof, pays for itself, and protects your family, home and business.
3. Take measures during the rainy times
Johannesburg is known for thunder storms, and hot and humid weather that is ideal for damp to thrive. Making sure that all your gutters and water pipes are kept clear of dirt and leaves is the first step to securing your home. However, they need to be ideally placed, positioned to face away from the house. Pipes and gutters that are too close to walls can have issues with leakage and can cause problems when it rains. Ensuring air flow is also key; when a room is kept damp and closed it creates and environment ideal for damp and mould. Windows, doors vents and other airflow methods, especially during high risk times of year, allows your room to breathe and reduce mould growth.
Condensation causes a buildup of moisture that can facilitate the formation of damp. Adding an extractor fan in the bathroom is a simple way to stop steam from condensing on the walls and ceiling. Wherever possible, it is also important to open windows after showers, baths and other times where hot water is used, or large amounts of steam is produced.
When in doubt, find a professional
Once mould and mildew becomes visible, it may already be too late to prevent damage. It is possible to minimise the damage by calling an experienced professional who is able to sort out the problem effectively and before it takes hold. This is a service that can save you thousands in damage costs over the time.
Trust the damp proofing professionals.