Six ways to deal with the dangers of damp

2016-11-02 06:00
                                                           PHOTO: SUPPLIED  Take the time to examine your home regularly for signs of damp problems. Old or cracked grouting can leak and let extra moisture into your kitchen or bathroom. You can prevent this by simply re-grouting the tiles.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Take the time to examine your home regularly for signs of damp problems. Old or cracked grouting can leak and let extra moisture into your kitchen or bathroom. You can prevent this by simply re-grouting the tiles.

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DAMP can cause real problems in your home. From damaging the structure of your house to leaving you with an unpleasant, musty atmosphere and even health problems, damp in your home needs to be treated as soon as possible.

A good damp solution will protect your home for years to come.

This is according to Nico Nei of Waterproofing Durban, who says that when it comes to damp, prevention is better than cure.

Nei shares six things you can do to keep your home safe from damp.

Be vigilant

Take the time to examine your home regularly for signs of damp problems.

Check both internal and external walls, have a look at your ceiling and don’t forget to take a look at your roof.

Some signs of damp problems include:

• damp patches on your walls or ceiling;

• a damp patch on your ceiling that appears only when it rains;

• visible signs of damp on outside walls;

• mould growth on your walls or ceiling (this often appears as black patches);

• signs of rot on external doors;

• damp patches at the base of doors or on the floor just beside an external door;

• widespread damp around skirting or rising up internal walls;

• patches of water or condensation at the base of windows;

• signs of condensation on cold-water pipes; and

• visible leaks or wet patches anywhere in your home.

Keeping an eye out for signs of damp will make it much easier to catch it early and get it treated before it can cause problems in your home.

Keep your home ventilated

Good ventilation will prevent the build-up of condensation, which can lead to damp problems.

Make sure you keep your home well-ventilated at all times, even if the temperature drops a little bit.

Air your house every day by opening the windows and letting the air circulate.

You could also talk to a local builder about adding more vents to the kitchen or bathroom, which are both prone to damp as a result of condensation.

Clear any blocks to ventilation

Sometimes solving a damp problem is as simple as clearing any blocks that are preventing ventilation.

For example, if you have vents in your kitchen, bathroom or cupboards that lead to the outside, make sure the space around them is clear.

You should also check that mud isn’t building up beside your house and blocking outside vents.

Use a dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a cheap and easy solution for reducing moisture in the air.

You can buy a dehumidifier for R2 000 and they are cheap to run.

You’ll notice a real difference in the air quality, and it will help prevent damp developing from too much condensation.

If you don’t want to invest in a dehumidifier, you can hire one and run it while you look for more permanent solutions to any damp problems.

Re-grout tiles

Old or cracked grouting can leak and let extra moisture into your kitchen or bathroom. This causes more damp and mould, and leaves you with a bigger problem to deal with.

You can prevent this by simply re-grouting your tiles. Re-grouting is a quick and easy DIY job that you can do in an afternoon, and the materials are available for a reasonable price at any DIY store.

Reduce moisture

A quick and easy way to protect your home from damp is to reduce the moisture. Less moisture means less condensation and a less damp atmosphere for mould to thrive in.

Easy ways to reduce moisture include:

• keeping your home ventilated;

• keeping the lid on saucepans while cooking;

• only boiling the kettle when you need it;

• drying clothes outside if possible; and

• wiping down the bath, shower and tiles after use.

Be aware of the amount of moisture you’re creating in your home and try to reduce it where possible.

Taking as many steps as you can to reduce and prevent damp will keep your home dry for years.

- Property24.

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