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#FixForwardFix: How to Tackle Damp & Mould at Home

CAPE TOWN – Damp, mould and waterproofing issues can be a serious annoyance, a health hazard and a costly expense. Aside from the unsightly appearance and cold feel, damp could also be a sign of some more serious structural problems you might not be aware of.

Although it can occur at any time of the year, damp is far more likely to make an appearance during the rainy winter months. We’ve put together a few tips to help you identify, repair and prevent mould and damp in your home below.

1. Identify

Damp reveals itself by way of black speckles of mould and/or flaky, bubbling paint. Pay attention to your ceilings – if they appear discolored, or darker patches are present, you may have a serious waterproofing problem! Crumbling or damaged exterior bricks or roof tiles are also things to keep an eye out for, as most mould occurs when rainwater gets through the roof. Check around your geyser or water tank for any signs of leaks too. You can identify the early stages of damp by simply putting your hand to the wall and feeling for extreme cold or by observing water droplets condensing on the surface.

 

mould paint

A sure sign of damp is paint discoloration.

2. Repair 

After assessment, you can treat the affected surface area with a special mould remover, available from most hardware stores. You will also need to treat the cause of the damp by repairing damaged bricks and tiles on the exterior, or ceiling boards and leaks on the interior. Once the area is free of mould, it can be painted with either damp sealant or a stain blocking paint, followed by a final coat of the original paint colour.

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3. Prevention

Once the damage is repaired, the best weapon in the homeowner’s arsenal is prevention! Follow these simple steps to avoid mould from reappearing:

  • Check your roof regularly for storm or wind damage. Those South Easterly winds can really kick up a fuss!
  • Keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris and check for any damages regularly. Save yourself the time by installing gutter guards.
  • Check your geyser or water tank for leaks and seal any that you might find.
  • Prevent condensation in the home by keeping an even temperature around the house and install ventilators in restrooms and the kitchen. Also, just simply allow the rooms to “breathe” with a steady flow of fresh air.
  • Invest in a humidifier to remove excess moisture.

 

Herbert Makemba repairing damp damage.

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