It’s winter in South Africa aka damp and mould season. And, you don’t have to live in Cape Town where it rains in winter to experience mould growth in your home. Damp and mould can be found anywhere there’s excess moisture in the air.
Common Causes of Excess Moisture
Poor ventilation due to closed windows and doors
We get it, it’s cold and South African homes aren’t exactly winter-friendly. But it’s vital to open up a window or two during the day to ventilate your home.
Cooking Without Using the Extraction Fan
Cooking without lids quickly generates moisture and as a daily practice can amount to damp and mould growth pretty fast. Make sure you use the extraction fan or keep lids on to reduce moisture.
Hanging Wet Washing Throughout the House
One way to create an extremely humid environment is to hang wet washing throughout the house. If you don’t have any other option, make sure to open up a window for ventilation.
Not Opening Windows After Taking a Hot Shower or Bath
Again, the key here is to ventilate afterwards. A steamy shower will quickly build up moisture. Look for black spores on the ceiling right above the shower or in the grouting.
There are many other causes for damp and mould growth which includes damaged plumbing and roof leaks. And the longer you leave it, the harder it is to get rid of.
Damp Proof Your Home to Get Rid of Mould for Good
Not only is mould growth unsightly, but it’s also bad for your health. You may find that your allergies are through the roof all of a sudden or you have a skin condition where you haven’t had one before. Mould growth can actually cause respiratory conditions like asthma.
Getting rid of damp and mould isn’t optional. And it isn’t easy. It’s not your average weekend DIY project. A certain level of skill and knowledge is necessary to completely rid your home of it. We strongly advise you to get help from professionals for lasting results.
The team at HydroStop SA takes great pride in offering high-quality, effective and affordable damp proofing services in Pretoria. If you’re interested in a free quote, give us a call today!