How to Get Rid of Lateral Damp in Your Home

South Africa might have one of the warmest, sunniest climates in the world but there is still a significant need for damp proofing all over the country. Most homeowners will experience water damage or damp at some point which is why it’s vital to know the signs and how to treat it.

Damp causes extensive damage to your property over time but what’s even worse is that it can cause various illnesses and respiratory problems if left untreated.

There are various types of damp that requires different treatment approaches and in this article, we’ll take a look at lateral damp.

What Is Lateral Damp?

Lateral damp (also known as penetrating damp) is caused by moisture penetrating a wall. This type of damp is typically evident in split-level construction, showers and planters.

In case you don’t know, during construction, showers should be sealed to prevent lateral damp. This is because tiled walls can easily be penetrated by moisture through the grout. It is crucial that the shower is sealed correctly.

How to Treat Lateral Damp

To treat lateral damp, you need to strip the plaster from the wall completely and apply sealant to the bricks to prevent a moisture path through the wall. This can be done internally or externally. Once done, a chemical damp course will be injected at a higher level to prevent rising damp.

Other causes of camp patches high up on walls could be rainwater that gained access through the roof or cracks in the exterior plaster.

If you have found signs of damp in your home, consider hiring a professional to assess the problem and provide you with a treatment plan.

At Hydrostop SA we offer a 10-year guarantee on our damp proofing and waterproofing services Pretoria and we strictly follow the manufacturer’s specifications when it comes to the application of their products to ensure the best results. Get in touch with the team for a quote today.


Damp Proofing: Prevention Is Better than Cure

If you think that damp is a harmless problem many homeowners face, you couldn’t be more wrong. Damp poses serious health risks for your family, it’s unsightly and can cause extensive damage to the structure of your home.

Common signs of damp include flaking paint, cracked plaster and salt stains on your walls.

 How to Treat Rising Damp

Rising damp is caused by moisture being absorbed into the walls of your home. This is due to the ground being naturally moist and the bricks porous, making them extremely absorbent. If damp proofing was neglected during construction or not done properly, you’ll more than likely experience issues with rising damp. Continuous moisture will be drawn into the bricks until it reaches a level of about one metre above the ground.

Treatment consists of removing the plaster from the wall completely. It then needs to be replastered with special damp proofing plaster material to prevent moisture from causing more damage. The process can be daunting which is why it’s a job better left for damp proofing specialists like Hydrostop SA in Pretoria.

Tips on How to Prevent Damp in Your Home

  1. Make sure all gaps between the wall and bath or shower has been sealed.
  2. Fit your home with gutters to prevent rainwater from running down walls and causing damage to plaster and ensure the water discharge points away from the walls.
  3. Clear gutters on a regular basis to prevent overflowing of rainwater into your home.
  4. Sprinkler systems should spray away from your walls.
  5. Ensure gaps between window frames and mortar is sealed with a flexible sealant.

If you have signs of damp in your home, get in touch with professionals like Hydrostop SA. We are able to evaluate the problem and we offer treatment solutions to permanently solve the problem. Get in touch for a free damp proofing Pretoria quote today.