Winter, particularly in the Mother City, means rainy days that can wreak havoc on your home if you aren’t ready for them. No matter where you are in the country, Autumn and Spring are generally the best times to do waterproofing but it’s always better to be prepared.
Here are 3 simple things to check before the rain starts.
Gutters and Pipes
Make sure there is a clear path for water to move away from your home. This will prevent water from building up and overflowing, causing damage.
Check your exterior pipes and gutters to make sure they are free from debris. Also check for leaks and breaks that could make gutters and pipes less effective.
Your roof is vital to protecting your home from water damage. Check for broken or moved tiles and possible weak spots. Watermarked ceilings are an indicator that your roof needs a repair.
According to SANS regulations, waterproofing systems should have a lifespan of at least 10 years. Regular roof maintenance is key to keeping your roof and home waterproof.
Simply painting over damp areas on your wall does not fix your waterproofing issue. Look out for damp spots, mould or bubbling paint on interior and exterior walls. Although most homes have waterproofing systems, older homes are most susceptible to issues such as rising damp. Damaged pipes, irrigation systems, wall placement and roof issues could be the source of your waterproofing problem.
With the right products and safety equipment, effective water and damp proofing can be a DIY project but is generally best left up to the professionals.
If you can any concerns, contact a local water and damp proofing expert who will be able to assess possible damage, advise on repairs and make sure your home makes it through many more winters to come.
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