Condensation Causes And How To Stop It

Winter is in full swing in South Africa which means we’re trying our very best to keep our homes warm and cosy. Since we live in the southern hemisphere and winter doesn’t get that cold here (I beg to differ), our homes aren’t exactly equipped for it. For example, insulation is non-existent and double glazed windows are a foreign concept. We don’t have heating installed throughout our homes and thus, we have to look for alternative ways to stay warm.

There are so many types of heaters available on the market that it can be hard to choose one. That said, one has to keep in mind the added electricity costs involved in using them. Also, they won’t work whenever there’s load shedding. Gas heaters offer a great alternative but are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to creating moisture in your home. They release nearly half a litre of water vapour an hour.

You may have noticed how your windows are wet, especially in the morning. This water is called condensation and signifies that you excess moisture in the air. One way to keep it under control is to allow for adequate ventilation by opening windows and leaving them open throughout the day. You can also do the following:

  • Use your extractor fan every time you cook
  • Don’t hang wet washing in your home
  • Limit the use of your tumble drier
  • Invest in a dehumidifier
  • Damp-proof your home

Don’t ever ignore condensation. It will most definitely cause damp and mould growth which can damage your belongings and harm your health.

Your home is a safe space for you and your loved ones. It’s also an investment and should be maintained. Take care of your property and your family and damp proof your home with the help of damp proofing specialists in Johannesburg. Speak to the team at HydroStop SA for a free quote today.

 

3 Ways Roof Waterproofing Can Protect Your Family And Your Pocket

Water is a wonderful thing. Up to 60% of the human body consists of it. It is needed to keep the earth alive, to grow food and to sustain human (and animal) life. We simply can’t live without it.

Water is also powerful and dangerous, especially if not controlled. Which is why it’s vital to control the amount of water allowed in your home. Below are three reasons to consider roof waterproofing today.

Damp Causes Mould Which Can Make You Sick

Nothing good happens in dark, moist conditions. Not only is it breeding ground for pests, but it’s also perfect conditions for mould growth. Mould spores are black in colour and is a type of fungi that plays a major part in the earth’s ecosystem.

Inhaling mould spores is proven to cause inflammation in the airways which lead to coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and nasal congestion. Prolonged exposure to mould growth can cause chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma and reduce lung function.

Water Can Damage Your Belongings

If you have a roof leak, water will seep into your home and sooner than later you will witness signs of water damage. This can be evident in your flooring, walls and even your furniture and end up costing you thousands of rands to repair or replace. Waterproofing your roof will eliminate the probability of roof leaks, thus protect your belongings from water damage for the foreseen future.

Moisture Can Compromise the Structure of Your Property

We’ve mentioned the damage water can do to your belongings but if you were to ignore (or were completely unaware of) your water leak, it could compromise your property’s structure. Roof trusses may become sponge-like and eventually collapse, putting your family’s life in danger. Added to that, roof replacements are extremely expensive. Contact HydroStopSA for waterproofing in Johannesburg today.