Frequently asked questions about damp proofing and waterproofing.
Can untreated damp walls affect your health?
Moulds are ubiquitous, and mould spores are a common component of household and workplace dust; however, when mould spores are present in large quantities, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Some moulds also produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks to humans and animals. Some studies claim that exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems and in some cases death. Prolonged exposure, e.g. daily home exposure, may be particularly harmful. Research on the health impacts of mould has not been conclusive. The term “toxic mould” refers to moulds that produce mycotoxins and not to all moulds in general.
Mould in your home can usually be found in damp, dark or steamy areas e.g. bathrooms or kitchens, cluttered storage areas, recently flooded areas, basement areas, areas with poor ventilation and outdoors in humid environments. Symptoms caused by mould allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing.
Are there alternative damp proofing solutions that provide a quick fix?
No, you need to stop the root cause of the damp problem.
We are proud to say that we have the only tested damp proofing methods in South Africa for South African conditions.
How long before I can paint my walls after damp proofing or waterproofing was done?
It all depends on the moisture content in the walls. The walls can only be painted as soon as the moisture content is less than 12%.
Do we have site supervision?
Yes we provide qualified waterproofing specialists to oversee all our projects
Have we tested our rising damp proofing methods?
Yes, extensive tests has been done on our rising damp proofing methods at the SABS.
Do we have the necessary experience to repair your damp?
Yes we have more than 90 years combined rising damp proofing and waterproofing experience, including surveyors, damp proofing specialists and skilled waterproofing workers.
Do we guarantee our damp proofing and waterproofing work?
Do I have to do damp proofing on a new property?
Yes we suggest that you get a surveyor form Damp proofing specialists to assess your waterproofing and damp proofing needs before plastering. Damp proofing can be a costly exercise after completion of a property if you haven’t done the necessary preventative measures.