Roof Waterproofing: 4 Steps To A Water Resistant Roof

The damage caused by water can be quite extensive, especially inside your home. Blocked gutters and roof leaks are common causes of water damage and should be taken care of right away.

One way to protect your home from water damage is by waterproofing your roof. By hiring a reputable contractor like Hydrostop SA, your roof can become water-resistant in 4 easy steps.

Cleaning of the Substrate

For a liquid waterproofing membrane application to be successful, it needs superior adhesion. Which is why proper cleaning of the substrate is vital. The most common method of cleaning the surface and eliminating bond breakers is with pressure washing. Often, this process will reveal if treatment and repairs are needed that might have been overlooked in the first place.

Priming of the Surface

The substrate surface needs to be primed to enhance the adhesion of the waterproofing membrane. This process also helps to prevent bleeding of the existing roof oils through the liquid membrane. It’s important that the surface is completely dry before applying the primer.

Treatment of Details

These details include exterior and interior corners, metal flashing terminations and penetrations such as vents, pipes and drains which need to be reinforced with fabric or sealant. Once the details are treated properly, the waterproof membrane can be applied.

Application of the Liquid Membrane

The two types of liquid applied membrane applications include one that needs a suffusion of a reinforcing mat while the other doesn’t. Regardless, most require two or more layers of the membrane coating.

Don’t let anyone tell you waterproofing is a waste of money! Your property is your most valued asset and should be protected against any kind of damage, especially water damage. For more information about making your roof water-resistant or if you require a quote for waterproofing Johannesburg and surrounding areas, get in touch with the team at HydroStop today!

4 Ways Mould Growth In Your Home Affects Your Health

Are you always coughing or prone to headaches? Perhaps you have a rash that simply won’t go away. Treating the symptoms won’t solve your condition but what if you don’t know what the origin of the problem is? Often people struggle with unexplained health conditions but the answer might be right under their noses.

Many homes in South Africa are contaminated with mould due to poor ventilation, lack of a proper damp proof course or a leak of some sort. Damp is the leading cause of mould growth. Cleaning black mould spores with Jik or other strong chemicals might ‘treat the symptoms’ but it doesn’t sort out the problem. To eliminate damp and mould, you need to damp proof your home. Here’s how mould in your home can harm your health.

Skin and Eye Irritations

You’ve seen one dermatologist after the other but no one can give you a remedy for that rash that simply won’t go away. And it won’t! Not as long as mould is present in your home. Mould irritates the skin and causes eczema and other skin conditions.

Wheezing and Coughing

Seasonal flu is normal but if you’re coughing day in and day out, something else is wrong. Look out for signs of mould in your home. Start by looking behind heavy furniture and in dark spaces in your home. If mould is present, you’ve found the source of your coughing.

Headaches and Dizziness

There are many reasons why people struggle with daily headaches such as chronic stress. But if your stress levels are low or you’re treating it in some way and you still have liberating headaches every day, you might want to inspect your home for mould.

Trouble Breathing

One of the biggest health issues people face when exposed to mould growth for long periods of time is respiratory problems such as asthma. Reduced lung function can eventually lead to death. Mould is especially dangerous to the elderly, children and pregnant women.

Damp proofing can eliminate the presence of mould in your home. Your health is important to us! For quality damp proofing Johannesburg, get in touch with Hydrostop today!