Benefits of Torch-On Waterproofing

Torch On Waterproofing 1What exactly is torch-on waterproofing, and how can it help your roof stay protected against water and damp?

This innovation offers an alternative to asphalt roofing. Typically used on flat roofs, waterproofing membrane systems are made of sticky, viscous organic liquids. Bitumen, a hydrocarbon made from crude oil, is one of the key components of this material. Non-harmful to the environment, highly effective against water and boasting a number of unique qualities, bituminous torch-on is widely considered to be one of the most reliable tools for waterproofing contractors.

What is Torch-On Waterproofing?

Before we go into some of the benefit offered by this technology, let’s take a quick look at what torch-on water proofing is all about.

Simply put, bitumen torch-on is a specialised solution that works particularly well on flat concrete roofs. It also works well on foundation and retaining walls, flashings, parapet walls, expansion joints, corrugated and IBR roof laps and roofing screws, as well as gutters, flower boxes and water retaining structures. As a damp proofing measure, it helps to prevent the risk of water logging with the help of its water resistant surface.

Made from a mixture of bitumen and polymers, which are applied to a polyester or fibre-glass reinforcement membrane, a stronger, sturdier membrane is created to protect surfaces against damp and water. This membrane is powerful; resistant to tears as well as punctures. The final result is bitumen torch-on sheeting, which can be applied onto flat roof surfaces and then measured for an exact fit.

Torch-On Waterproofing Advantages

Some of the benefits offered by torch-on bitumen waterproofing include the following:

  • Suitable for full water immersion as well as sub-soil applications, it an ideal application for sealing box gutters and flower boxes.
  • Able to protect buildings while retaining harmony with the building’s environmental surroundings thanks to a range of mineral finishes offered.
  • Green roofing solution that offers a simple way to reduce carbon footprints.
  • Extremely long life span, with the majority of membranes offering global standards in quality.
  • Fumes released during installation are not harmful to humans and there is low noise pollution during application either.
  • Protect insulation and have the potential to reflect harmful sun rays (some products even contain photovoltaic cells that can produce solar energy).
  • Non-water soluble, non-biodegradable, non-carcinogenic and non-toxic.

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As a waterproofing contractor who always strives to offer customers the latest in technology, Wilcote is excited to offer torch-on waterproofing to our customers who want to take advantage of this eco-friendly, highly effective solution.

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.

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.

Protecting Your Most Valued Assets with Waterproofing

joburh-north-exterior-paintingHeavy rains, a geyser bursting or leaking water pipes, are one of the most damaging things that can happen within your home. Waterproofing is a vital tool in risk management. Prevention is better than cure, it is always better to spend money before damage is caused, as opposed to, after the fact. We are more than happy to visit & carry out an inspection on your JHB North property & provide a quotation FREE of charge. Waterproofing is a very worthwhile investment, as it prevents any damage to your most prized investment, your home.

No matter whether you have a flat roof, Slate tile Roof or an underlay system, in your roof, we are here to give you our Professional Solution, with lasting guarantees, coupled with our friendly and caring service.

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