What to Do When You Find Damp in Your Home

As you might already know, damp is a serious problem that if not treated quickly can have serious consequences and put your family’s health at risk.


So if you’ve found damp and mould in your home and you’re not sure what to do, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Unless you are a trained professional, you simply won’t know how to treat damp to effectively get rid of the problem. That’s why we’ve decided to help you out with some useful advice.

Below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to mould and damp.


  1. Fix it yourself

While it might seem like the more cost-effective and convenient option, it might not be the best thing to do. A trained professional will have the knowledge to identify the cause and know the way forward when it comes to treatment. If you don’t want your damp problem to return, it is advised to get a professional for the job.


  1. Act Fast

Don’t leave it for another day! The truth is that damp causes mould growth which affects the air quality in your home and end up making your family sick. Eczema and respiratory problems are just some of the issues you can expect.

The other problem is that damp could affect the structure of your home by weakening roof trusses. This means you risk the chance of your roof collapsing which will set you back thousands of rands to fix.

  1. Determine the Cause

In order to effectively treat the damp, you need to determine the cause. Damp can be caused by excess moisture in the air or the way the building was built. A damp proofing specialist like Hydrostop SA in Pretoria will be able to identify the cause as well as the best treatment plan to get rid of the damp for good.

  1. Get in Touch with Hydrostop SA

If you’re not sure of what to do or you need a quote for damp proofing your home, we are more than happy to help. Give us a call today!

Is Damp Really That Dangerous?

If you think that damp is nothing more than unsightly, you couldn’t be more wrong. While damp in itself isn’t harmful, it’s the repercussions of damp that are dangerous.

Mould caused by damp can be detrimental to your health and that of your family. It can start with less severe issues like skin irritations and allergic reactions and quickly turn into serious respiratory problems like asthma.

If you choose to ignore damp, you could be faced with a serious illness as well as spending thousands of rands to fix it.

Why Is Mould Bad?

So we already know that damp causes mould and that mould is bad for your health. But why? Mould releases dangerous and toxic spores into the air which can even be lethal in some cases. Even more so if you have small children or older people in your home.

Effects of Sleeping in a Damp Room

Due to the number of hours spent sleeping, we are more exposed to mould which is worst for our health than taking a quick shower in a bathroom with mould growth.

According to recent research, if there’s mould present in a child’s bedroom, the likelihood of developing asthma is increased. The more mould present, the higher the risk.

How to Get Rid of Damp

There are various types of damp such as rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation. The treatment will depend on the type of damp present in your home. A quick survey done by damp proofing experts in Pretoria will help you determine which treatment plan will be most effective.

In most cases, ventilation will be recommended adjacent treatment to prevent damp in future since this will reduce the build-up of moisture.

If you need more information about the treatments we offer at Hydrostop  SA or you urgently need help to get rid of damp in your home, get in touch with the team for an obligation free quote.