Damp Proofing Gauteng | Waterproofing Gauteng

Damp Proofing Gauteng and Waterproofing Gauteng – If your walls are deteriorating because of water seepage or rising damp we can assist your with an estimate to fix the problem for good. Alternatively when you are constructing a new building give us a call so we can make sure your property will remain as new with proper waterproofing and damp proofing.

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Damp Proofing Gauteng and Waterproofing Gauteng

Damp proofing is used as a blanket term that describes the various methods and techniques of treating damp problems. These come in all shapes and sizes and can affect each building differently, hence the reason for the standard ‘damp proofing’ term used.

Most often, damp proofing is more a means of water proofing an area of wall that has issues of recurring damp. This protective barrier is installed within the property at points that are most at risk of the damp.

When you see paint peeling and falling of your walls there is reason to be concerned. Most would just add another coat of paint to hide the ugly but this is not addressing the real problem and the cycle will continue.

How To Get Rid Of Damp

The main reason is rising damp that filters into your walls where it will eventually cause damage. The water along with the salts are hydroscopic means they attract water. The salt still attracts moisture from the air in to the walls, keeping the walls damp. This damp stays in the walls of a home while creating the ideal ground for mold and fungus to grow causing health issues. There will also be structural damage in the damp walls if they are left untreated.

The Definition Of Damp Proofing

  • Damp proofing in construction is a protective measure applied to the exterior of building foundation walls.
  • An application of a water-resisting treatment or material to the surface of a concrete or masonry wall to prevent passage or absorption of waterproofing a surface to retard capillary action and water leaks.
  • One or more coating of a compound that is impervious to water.
  • A method used to prevent moisture entering the building.

Identifying a Damp Proofing or Water Proofing Problem

There are a lot of different causes of damp in a home that can lead to different types of damp than just rising damp.

Condensation

Condensation is the most common form of dampness within a building and it often becomes a problem when black mould beings to appear.

Although condensation is generally only visible on windows it is likely to be on your outside walls too. Serious cases of condensation turn into black mould problems.

Rising damp

Rising damp is when a building soaks up water through the ground and causes damage to the walls and wall coverings.

It will often appear as a ‘tide’ mark around a foot above ground level on the ground floor of a building. Rising damp can only appear on the ground floor of a building.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is a common problem in older properties that have solid walls. It will often occur when there is a leaking downpipe and water can seep in through the walls.

How to prevent damp proofing problems

If you suspect that you have a problem then it is vital that you correctly identify what the exact problem is. If you get the diagnosis wrong then you could be paying for a costly damp proofing treatment that is completely unnecessary. It will not work and your damp problem will continue and costs incurred will be wasted.

It is always recommended that a specialist in brought into professionally survey the property and find out what the exact cause of the problem is.

Waterproofing Gauteng

Most contractors today understand the important of waterproofing a home. Waterproofing from the beginning of the home’s construction can save money, damage and frustration in the future. Leaving a concrete area untreated leaves room for water seepage. The natural settling of the house over time will undoubtedly cause cracks and crevices in many concrete areas. These cracks give way to a host of problems caused by water pooling.

When hiring a concrete waterproofing professional, make sure they understand that you want waterproofing rather than damp proofing. It is a common misconception that waterproofing and damp proofing are one-in-the same. Unlike damp proofing, concrete waterproofing can seal and prevent further cracking and can withstand extreme variants in temperature. Taking the appropriate measures to ensure your home’s value and your piece of mind is essential.

Waterproofing Systems Gauteng

The waterproofing materials and methodologies to use depend largely on the ground conditions and the way water is infiltrating the structure. The goal of waterproofing is to create a watertight structure that is impervious to water seepage and pressure.

A skilled waterproofing contractor can implement the right waterproofing system which may include a variation of cementitious polymer-based coatings or multi-coat renders, mastic asphalt or liquid-applied membranes, slurries, or even the creative use of epoxy coatings.

Some waterproofing contractor companies prefer to fortify their waterproofing systems with the construction of non-linked cavity walls and bund walls, and even establish drainage channels and pumps to remove excess water. To add “breathability” the waterproofing contractor also installs ventilated flooring to the underground chambers.

Waterproofing of deck and flooring require the application of cementitious coatings with chemical, skip or slip resistance. These coatings are impervious to water and dry quickly.

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