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.
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
Durban 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.