Look Out For These Signs Of Damp In Your Home

Damp in your home can pose a significant health risk if left untreated. Damp might not always be easy to identify. It can slowly emerge only show signs after several years or it can appear quickly after heavy rains.

Because no two damp cases are the same, it’s crucial to get assistance from a specialist for the correct diagnosis. This will save you time as well as money on solutions that may not solve your underlying damp issue.

If you suspect you might have damp in your home, look out for these signs:

  • Musty, damp smell
  • Mould on walls
  • Peeling wallpaper, paint bubbles or stains
  • Dark patches
  • Moist walls
  • Plaster discolouration and fragmentation
  • Timber decay by wood-rotting fungi
  • Salt stains on external walls
  • Crumbling mortar on the outside of the property

Damp signs can vary depending on the type. For rising damp, look for the following signs:

  • Rusty nails or screws on skirting boards
  • Rotting or damaged skirting boards within the home
  • Wet patches causing paint and wallpaper to peel off
  • Damp patches on the floor or coverings lifting
  • White powder-like substance on the ground
  • Brown or yellow stains on the lower area of your wall (above skirting board)

Three things you can do to prevent damp in your home

  1. Keep your home ventilated since good ventilation will limit the build-up of condensation.
  2. Use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is a quick and easy solution for decreasing moisture in the air.
  3. Reduce moisture in your home. You can do this by keeping lids on pots when cooking, only boiling the kettle when you really need to, drying clothes outside instead of using a tumble drier and wiping the shower or bath after using it.

Hydrostop SA can identify damp issues on your property and offer the most suitable solution to resolve it. Waterproofing Pretoria is their primary goal and passion, so you can be sure you are in good hands! Get in touch with the team today for a quote.

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