How to Save Water with Eastern Cape Waterproofing

Whether you live in the wetter or dryer part of the province, Eastern Cape waterproofing is not only important to prevent damp and related issues – it is also essential to help save every single drop of water. Like the rest of South Africa, the Eastern Cape is in the midst of a water crisis.

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While some regions receive rainfall over the summer months, other areas closer to the Western Cape and Karoo have typically dry summers, with rain during the winter season. Saving water has become essential, not only in this part of the country, but in every other province as well. Making sure that your home is waterproofed and protected against leaks, damp and other problems will ensure that your home stays dry throughout the year, while also preventing unnecessary leaks, drips and water wastage.

How Waterproofing Helps During a Drought

dripping-tap-needs-waterproofing.jpgHow exactly does Eastern Cape waterproofing help you save water during a dry spell? The idea seems somewhat contradictory. After all, there should be no damp when the weather is dry. But if you take a closer look at some of the factors that influence not only damp, but also leaks and wasted water, you will soon start to realise that a waterproofed home is a water wise, damp-free home.

Here are some of the ways that you can prevent wasted water with a few simple water proofing measures:

  • Check that all gutters, pipes and outdoor water sources are in working order. A blocked gutter can cause all sorts of problems; not least damp and leaks when rainfall occurs. When there is no rain for long periods, it is easy to forget that leaves and debris are constantly being added to your gutters over time. Even a single day of rain can lead to water damage if that debris is left to cause blockages. Likewise, broken pipes that are wasting water through leaks and drips will lose a great volume of water over time. Do a thorough check once a week to make sure that all outdoor water sources are working and free of blocks, drips and other faults.
  • Check that all taps and indoor water sources are in working order. That leaky tap in the kitchen or bathroom is not only annoying – it is also wasting precious water. Left unchecked, these sorts of drips can lead to damp, as well. A leaky tap or pipe in an area of the property that is not used often can go undetected for a very long time. When those hidden leaks are not checked and repaired, the risk of flooding and water damage increases. Save water and prevent water logging by doing regular checks of all taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures.
  • Check all other water sources that may be in use (including alternate water sources). Swimming pools, rain water tanks, geysers, bore holes, grey water systems and any other water sources that may be in use within your property should also be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Small problems can all too easily turn into bigger, more expensive problems when they are not resolved early. A few drops here and there may not seem like much to you, but in a day, week, month or year, those few drops start to add up.

A good waterproofing specialist will be able to help you protect your home against any and all risks, while also helping you save water. To learn more about Eastern Cape water proofing solutions, contact Wilcote today and let us know how we can help protect your home against damp and water wastage.

Everything You Need to Know About Summer Waterproofing and Damp Proofing in Umhlanga

Summer is just about here at last, and for those in need of waterproofing and damp proofing in Umhlanga, now is the time to make sure that any and all damp problems are sorted before the temperatures, humidity levels and rainfall levels start to rise.

If you have begun to notice some tell-tale signs of water damage – mould, mildew, damp spots, wet walls or unexplained leaks – make sure that you get in a professional damp proofing company in as soon as you can, so that you can get things under control immediately. If you simply want to ensure that your home is protected against damp and water however, you can do a few basic checks yourself or get some help to water and damp proof your property ahead of the summer rains.

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Top Tips for Umhlanga Waterproofing and Damp Proofing

Getting right to it, we have put together a few useful tips to help you plan for the hot, wet summer season.

Top tips for Umhlanga damp proofing and waterproofing include the following:

  1. External. Make sure that there are no blocked pipes, gutters or other structures outside that could cause leaks during the rain, keep foliage away from exterior walls, check that sprinklers and watering systems are not facing the walls, check that rain cannot collect against exterior walls and do a check for any signs of leaks, holes or damage to walls, window frames, door frames, ventilation grates and other potential entry points.
  1. Internal. Make sure that baths, showers, sinks and toilets are working without leaks or drips, check that you have extractor fan over stove and in bathroom, look for signs of mould or damp, look for wet patches on ceilings or walls or floor, check inside frames on windows and doors, replace seal of frames as needed and consider dehumidifiers for damp parts of the home, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.
  1. Other. When in doubt, contact a professional to give you an accurate evaluation. For roof checks, it is safer and simpler to hire a dedicated damp expert. Do a follow up check after the first rains, to see that everything is still in order and no leaks have appeared. Check garages and outside structures, as well as exterior and interior areas.

By taking the time to perform these checks before the rains begin in earnest, you will save yourself plenty of time (and money!). When little problems are left unchecked, they do not stay little for very long. With that in mind, get summer ready with waterproofing and damp proofing in Umhlanga, and keep your home dry, ventilated and free of water damage.

Damp Proofing in Durban: Preparing for Summer

As winter begins to make way for spring, homeowners across KZN are starting to think about damp proofing in Durban in order to prepare for the wet season ahead. While much of the rest of South Africa has its rainy season in winter, the subtropical regions of KwaZulu-Natal get the most rain in the hot summer months. The combination of extreme heat and humidity can be a major pain for homeowners – especially when it comes to avoiding (and treating) damp.

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How can you get your home protected against damp, and what else do you need to keep in mind as summer approaches? Let’s take a look…

Damp Proofing Tips for Durban Homeowners

rain-on-roofDurban damp proofing works much the same as it would anywhere else in the world, except for a few important differences. For winter rainfall areas, many of the checks done to prevent dampness are done in May or June. For summer rainfall areas, August and September are a good time to check that the home is protected against potential leaks and issues. Some tips for homeowners to keep in mind include the following:

  • External checks. The usual suspects for damp issues include gutter and pipes, as well as the roof itself. It is not always easy to notice potential problems when the weather is dry, but cleaning gutters with a hose is one way to check that everything is free of leaves and debris. A professional damp prevention service will be able to do a full check – this can go a long way in giving you peace of mind once the rains begin, and could also save you a fortune if any problems are spotted earlier rather than later.

  • Windows and doors. Whether your home is old or newer, checking windows and doors for any signs of leaks, gaps or other issues is also important. Loose putty, cracks in the glass and various other problems can all become bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. A good damp expert will be able to check windows and doors as well as other problem zones in your home, and will also be able to advise on the best course of action. If you are doing checks yourself, make sure that there are no spaces for damp or water to enter and make a note of which windows may need to be resealed.

  • Sneaky Signs. Sometimes, it is not always easy to spot trouble areas – especially if there are no visible signs. Sneaky signs include mould, mildew, damp spots, ‘sweaty’ walls, electrical problems, funny smells and rooms that feel humid when they should not feel that way. Checking ventilation is important, but if your home is older and does not have a damp proof course (DPC) built into the foundation, it can be tricky to spot these signs without professional expertise.

Waiting until summer begins can make it harder to prevent small problems from becoming serious headaches, even if you do not think that your home is at risk of damp. And, with consequences that include health risks and other serious problems that go far beyond cosmetic complaints, underestimating the value of damp proofing in Durban can end up costing you a lot more than you bargained for in the long run.

Dos and Dont’s of Hiring a Damp Proofing Contractor in George

Finding and hiring a damp proofing contractor in George (or anywhere else, for that matter) does not have to be an outright nightmare… as long as you take a bit of time beforehand to make sure that you are hiring the best person for the job, that is.

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The trouble is; many people only start thinking about things such as damp proofing when something goes wrong. Perhaps you have discovered a persistent leak, a cold, damp basement or garage that will not ever seem to dry out or you cannot get rid of lingering mould in the ceiling. Whatever the case, waiting until things reach critical point can lead to hasty decisions being made when starting the hunt for a contractor.

Taking a moment to prepare yourself will help you know exactly what to look for (and what to avoid), enabling you to find a suitably qualified, experienced expert who will be more than equipped to assist with damp proofing in George.

What You Should Know About Hiring Damp Proofing Contractors

The beautiful Garden Route is one of the most scenic parts of the Western Cape, and for the most part, this region has been blessed with a mild climate that is usually temperate. Rain and moisture however are among the factors that help keep this area so green and fresh. While this is great news from a visual point of view, it is not always ideal as far as damp prevention and proofing goes. To help you find just the right damp proofing expert in George, consider these dos and don’ts…

Before…

  • Do get estimates. This will help you get a list of possible choices, along with estimates in writing from each that will be used to make your final decision. Be careful of choosing by low price alone however. There may be a reason that their price is so low (and it may not be a good reason, either).
  • Do ask questions. How many similar projects has the contractor completed? Are any sorts of plans or permits needed? Does the contractor have any references? Is the contractor covered by insurance? Will sub-contractors be used, and if so, are they also licensed and insured?
  • Don’t pay cash. Instead, be sure that you fully understand payment options. Depending on the size and scope of the project, you could try to make regular payment during the project’s completion. If it is a smaller job, you could find out about paying on project completion, or paying a deposit followed by the remainder on project completion. This approach will go a long way in covering you in the event of delays or issues.
  • Don’t forget to get everything in writing. A contract is essential – even if you draw it up yourself and get it signed. It does not have to be overly complicated. It should be clear, outlining the project at hand, the agreed upon costs, payment terms, contractor’s information, estimate start and completion dates, use of sub-contractors and suppliers and all other relevant information. You could also consider getting a list of materials that will be required, along with who is responsible for purchasing the materials. Things like warranties and an idea of what you can expect should also be discussed beforehand. For example, you could find out whether trash collection is included, or if it is possible to ask for a ‘broom clause’ that includes clean up as well as any messes made during the job. Do not forget to be fully clear on any promises made during talks or calls – write these down so that you have them in writing.

After…

  • Do keep records. Keep all relevant paperwork somewhere safe – including contracts, invoices and anything else related to the job. Photos at various stages of the project are also recommended. If you have any issues at any point, having all of your information kept safely will be very useful.
  • Don’t pay until you are fully satisfied. That does not mean you have to be fussy or unfair – it does mean that you should only pay once the work has been done according to the plan and promises of the contractor. Remember that tip about getting things in writing? This is why it is so essential.
  • Do use a checklist. It will save you plenty of time and stress to have a simple checklist that outlines all the work that has been promised in the contract, warranties for material and labour, proof that sub-contractors and suppliers have been paid, that the job site has been cleaned up according to the arrangements you made and that you have inspected and approved the work that has been done.

This may seem like a lot of work, but in the long run, you will save yourself a world of potential stress by being prepared. The last thing you want after dealing with damp issues is to deal with contractor issues as well… especially if the problem is not properly fixed. Be smart and choose George damp proofing contractors wisely – you will not regret taking the time to do so.

5 Tips for Effective Damp Proofing in Polokwane

The capital of the Limpopo Province may have weather that is more dry than wet, but that doesn’t mean that damp proofing in Polokwane is something you can afford to ignore. Even dry, warm cities and regions may find signs of damp at some point or another. And, with the serious risks that dampness has for health as well as your home’s structural integrity, damp proofing should be something that every homeowner is aware of – however dry the area may be.

There are three types of damp that can occur. The first is rising damp, which comes from the ground up. The other type of damp is penetrating damp. This type of damp is caused by plumbing problems or defects in the building’s water system. The final type of damp is condensation and this is typically caused by steam and poor ventilation.

What does this mean for those dealing with mould, wet patches and other issues, and how do you know when it is time to get help with damp proofing in Polokwane?

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When Do You Need Polokwane Damp Proofing?

Damp proofing is often needed when visible signs of damp are noticed. These signs can take the form of mould, mildew, dark stains on a ceiling or on the wall, but could also include non-visual clues. If a room often smells like a wet dog, it always feels cold or it simply seems to be humid even when the rest of the building is dry, you may need to call in a damp removal expert.

The good news is that you can prevent excessive dampness from setting in, before there is a need to call in the professionals. Some of the best tips to prevent damp include the following:

  1. Get a full inspection of the property. A specialist such as Wilcote who offers local services in Polokwane is your best bet to ensure that the inspector knows the area’s climate and potential damp risks. This inspection can be done yourself, but it is not always easy to spot signs of damp or identify any possible issues that could become bigger in time. A professional will know what to look for, while also giving you practical advice on how to prevent dampness from taking root.
  1. Invest in a damp proofing system if there is not one already in place. Many newer homes are built with a special system in place that prevents dampness. Older homes however may not have such an advantage. These systems can be installed by your damp proofing expert. As an excellent investment that will see you through every season for years to come, the costs involved will be worth every cent.
  1. Take care during the rainy season. Even though Limpopo does not get a huge amount of rain, summer rainfall is still fairly common. Make sure that all gutters and water pipes are kept clear of dirt and leaves, and that they are positioned away from the house. Pipes and gutters that are too close to walls can cause problems when it rains, so it is best to check these carefully.
  1. Reduce condensation. This is easier than you think. Adding an extractor fan in the bathroom is a simple way to reduce steam from condensing on walls and the ceiling. Wherever possible, it is also important to open windows after showers, baths and other instances where hot water is used. Laundries and basements should be kept dry too – either with ample ventilation or an extractor fan.
  1. When in doubt, seek professional help. Once mould and mildew are seen, it may be too late to prevent dampness. But, you can still minimise the damage by calling an expert who is able to sort out the problem before it gets worse. In the long run, it will cost you far less to bring in someone who has experience in damp removal than trying to fix it yourself.

Looking for experienced, skilled specialists to assist with damp proofing in Polokwane (or other parts of South Africa too, for that matter)? Contact Wilcote today, and let us know how we can assist.

Refurbishment of FNB Stanger

Wilcote was contracted to carry out the refurbishment and waterproofing of the FNB Building in Stanger. It was found that the Building was in desperate need of Refurbishment, as the existing roof and the exterior were in a poor state.

The waterproof system was a Torch-on System. We found the Protective Aluminum Silvakoting on the Torch-on, had started to deteriorate, from the harmful UV rays. In order to refurbish this roof we had to clean down the roof and attend to all problems areas of the Torch-on. Once this has been completed we then applied of our Wilcote Infra-Red Silvakote System.

The advantages of using the Wilcote Silvakote are as follows:

  • It carries a 5 year guarantee.
  • It reflects the harmful UV rays of the sun.
  • It reduces the internal temperatures of the building.

BEFORE ROOF RESTORATION:

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Flat roof before waterproofing
Roof before waterproofing
Roof before waterproofing

 

 AFTER ROOF RESTORATION:

 

Flat roof after refurbishment
Flat roof after refurbishment
After waterproofing and Silvacote treatment
After waterproofing and Silvacote treatment

On the exterior of the building, we found that there was a large amount of cracks. We then recommend a full Exterior Decoration, this included opening and sealing up all cracks with our Soudal Polyurethane Sealant. This sealer has a two ton breaking strain and therefore prevents the cracks from re-appearing. We then also proceeded to seal all parapets with our Wilbond Parapet Sealer; this prevents water ingressing into the bank. Once this was completed we then painted the exterior with our W120 Infra-Red Cool Coating.

The advantages of using this system are:

  • All cracks are correctly sealed and don’t re-appear.
  • This system creates a waterproof casing, to ensure water doesn’t enter into the building.
  • The Infra-Red Cool Coating System prevents the deterioration of the pigment in the paint, to ensure a longer lifespan of the coating.

BEFORE EXTERIOR REDECORATION:

 

FNB Stanger before redecoration
FNB Stanger before redecoration
Before painting and waterproofing
Before painting and waterproofing

 

AFTER EXTERIOR REDECORATION:

FNB Stanger after exterior redecoration
FNB Stanger after exterior redecoration
After painting and waterproofing
After painting and waterproofing

Tip of the day:

  • Ensure all flat roofs are coated regularly with protective coatings, to allow a longer life span of the waterproofing and avoid excessive costs in the long run.
  • Ensure that your building is correctly sealed to ensure no internal water damage and damp.

For any painting or waterproofing on the KZN North Coast, contact Wilcote

5 Important Tips for Damp Proofing in Cape Town

As winter approaches, damp proofing in Cape Town becomes more important than ever. This coastal city is known for its epic storms, rainy days and strong wind during the winter months. Being close to the sea, damp can already be a potential issue – particularly for houses that are near the beach.

Luckily however, a great deal of preventing damp comes down to simple checks that you can do ahead of the wet season. That old saying of prevention being better than cure is certainly apt in this case – especially as a bit of checking now can save you a great deal of stress (and money) later.

Prepare for Winter with These Tips for Damp Proofing in Cape Town

How do you make sure that you do not need to panic about rising damp? You can start with these five steps that will help get your home winter ready before the storms come rolling in…

  1. Check the exterior of the house for broken or blocked pipes. Often, you can prevent problems with a quick exterior check to notice any obvious faults with down pipes, gutters and other pipes that lead from the house or lie near the wall. Clear out leaves and debris, and make sure that water can easily flow through gutters without pooling.
  1. Check for damp patches on walls or spots on the ceiling. In lower level rooms of double story houses, this is particularly important to spot rising damp. Many houses have damp proofing measures set in place, but this does not always apply to older homes. Any signs of mould or damp spots on the walls or signs of wet patches on the ceiling should all be noted.
  1. Check that there is proper ventilation in the house. This applies not only to physical structures such as ventilation grates, but also to how you ventilate rooms in the house. Extractor fans are very useful at reducing or preventing damp and can be used in bathrooms and kitchens (both places with higher condensation).
  1. Check that the roof is in good repair with no holes or leaks. Sometimes, damp problems can be caused by something as seemingly innocuous as an old, worn out roof. When damp is found in the roof and ceiling, there is a very real danger of wires being exposed to wetness – should any damp interfere with lighting and other electrical channels that run through the house, this danger can be fatal.
  1. Hire a damp proofing specialist to do an evaluation if you are unsure. A lot of problems and potential weak points can be spotted by an untrained observer. But it will save you a great deal of heartache in the long term if you hire a professional to do a proper evaluation. If your house is very old, it often feels cold, or you are unsure how to do any of these checks, having a professional come and go through the house will help to identify any places that need to be fixed, which can then be sorted before winter arrives.

The effects of damp can be devastating… and not only from a visual point of view. Mould and mildew can have adverse effects on the health of your family, too. Left unchecked, damp can affect the structural foundation of your house and even its stability, making it dangerous as well as unsightly. Don’t leave things too late – contact an expert in damp proofing in Cape Town such as Wilcote to assist with a full evaluation that will deal with any signs of damp right away.

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Why Dampproofing is Essential in Durban

It should come as no surprise that dampproofing in Durban is a serious business. Blessed with more days of sunshine than anywhere else in South Africa, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has a glorious sub-tropical climate that goes hand in hand with beaches, sunshine and relaxation.

But for Homeowners’ and Owners’ of Buildings, this weather can also mean the risk of rising damp and other related concerns. A high rainfall coupled with a high level of humidity often result in a much greater risk of damp in residential and commercial buildings. In sub-tropical regions, damp takes the form of mould, hygroscopic salts and decayed skirting boards, along with stains and other discolouration. Blistering paint, plaster bulges, mould on fabric and rotten wood can also occur when there is damp in a building, while warmer and wetter regions have a higher risk of termites as well.

These factors all play a big role in the importance of dampproofing in Durban and other areas within the warm province of KZN.

What You Need Should Know About Dampproofing in Kwa-Zulu Natal

What are some of the top things that you should consider in regards to preventing damp in this area? Here are just a few things to keep in mind…

  • High humidity and constant heat have a negative effect on buildings. Organic materials such as wood are more likely to swell and possibly rot, while metals are more prone to corrosion such as rust or oxidation. As such, the overall construction can be weakened more easily than it would in a cooler, dry region. Materials such as lime and concrete are essential to prevent damp and other problems, but the overall design of roofs, structures and walls can all play a part in damp problems.
  • Rainwater needs to be able to drain quickly off the roof. As we mentioned above, the design of the roof can go a long way in determining whether damp will become an issue. Drainage is vital in areas that receive a high level of rain, as water that is let to pond will cause major problems. Roofs should be checked often to make sure that water is discharging properly through drain pipes, and where needed, alterations should be done to keep rainwater flowing, without pooling and lying on these Buildings.
  • It is best to consult a specialist in damp proofing to do a full assessment. As each area and each property has specific characteristics, it is vital to get expert insight into the best strategy for damp prevention or treatment. A specialist will know which materials are best in a hot, humid region such as Durban and KZN Natal, while also helping to evaluate your current building structure to see what damp prevention measures are already in place, and what measures need to be added. This can save you a great deal of time and costs down the line – especially if you are situated on the coast.

The effects of damp are not limited to aesthetics. In reality, this problem can lead to serious health risks ranging from asthma to allergies, while also making it easier for bacteria and spores to spread. Children who live in damp conditions can develop health problems later in life, and many studies are being done to determine how serious the effects of damp can be on human health. Houses that have a high level of damp are also a lot less secure, with structural damage that can lead to rotten floors, foundation insecurities and many other potentially dangerous problems.

While damp is something that all areas need to prevent, it is even more essential to consider dampproofing in Durban and other humid areas of KZN Natal, as these areas have a much higher risk of dampness than other areas.

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