What is damp and why should you damp proof your home?

Damp is a problem that often occurs in properties when moisture from the ground travels up through the foundation and walls of a structure or building. Damp can cause a number of issues inside a building or structure that can become apparent only over time. These issues include crumbling plaster, peeling paint and damp patches on walls. Aside from these aesthetic damages, damp can also cause costly structural damage to a building in the long run if left unchecked.

An even more serious issue than damage to a building is that damp can cause health problems in the occupants of the building involved. These health problems develop mainly because harmful mould and fungi thrive in damp environments. A damp damaged building or structure is also significantly colder than a dry building, which may cause further health problems such as bronchitis, and in extreme cases, even asthma.

Most damp problems occur because of rising damp, condensation or rain penetration and each of these causes require a different treatment. To prevent damages caused by these factors, it is essential to consult with a damp proofing expert that knows exactly how to treat these specific problems.

What is damp proofing?

Damp proofing is a type of moisture control that is applied to buildings in order to prevent moisture from penetrating into interior areas.

Many buildings or structures have a damp proof course (DPC) installed during its construction. A correctly positioned DPC is extremely effective in preventing damp damage. DPC’s can, however, deteriorate over time or become damaged during renovation, which will lead to it being rendered ineffective in preventing damp damage.

Damp proofing is a long-term investment in your property, preventing damage to both buildings and occupants. It is important that the DPC of a building be maintained in optimal condition in order for it to function correctly, and to prevent the need for costly future repairs to a property. .

Why choose Wilcote Cape Town North for your damp proofing needs?

At Wilcote Cape Town North, we have years of experience in making buildings and structures damp proof, and because of this extensive experience, we have become one of Cape Town’s leading damp proofing experts.

When you employ experts such as our team to assess your property, we will take all the necessary steps to ensure it is protected against damp damage. First off, we will perform an evaluation of your property to determine the risk of damp, whereafter we will recommend the best course of action to protect your property against any possible damp damage. Where a DPC is already installed, we can assess the condition thereof and if it is damaged or deteriorated, repair it to its original state of functionality.

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