Fixing your damp problem before it gets out of hand


Damp is an issue that affects many homes in the Western Cape and with the winter rains finally over now may be the ideal time to inspect your home for any unwelcome accumulation of moisture. 

If you’re new to damp spotting you may be wondering how to identify the early signs of this potentially damaging structural problem. Here are some warning signs to look out for in and around your home. 

These structural issues could be caused by damp 

If you’ve noticed any of the following changes to your home’s internal and external structure lately, you may be dealing with a damp problem. 

  • Mortar coming loose between bricks and plaster falling off your external walls. 

  • Wet stains on skirting boards - especially new ones that grow rapidly.

  • Peeling bubbling or cracking paint, particularly on the lower portion of your walls.

  • Discolouration that spreads over time.

  • Salt deposits - these are a tell-tale sign of damp. 

Why you should take immediate action if you suspect your home has damp 

A damp issue can cause health problems, make your home less visually appealing and even compromise the building’s structural integrity over time.

It’s essential to take steps toward preventing damp from developing and repairing any damage that may be causing moisture to enter your home. 

Damp is generally caused by water entering the structure of your home with no means of escape. Waterproofing your roof, cleaning gutters regularly and limiting sources of steam and water vapour by installing a kitchen extractor fan, and drying clothes outside when possible, can all help to reduce the problem. 

Make sure that you keep your home well ventilated by airing your house daily to allow the air to circulate. You could also chat to a builder about adding air vents to bathrooms or even in your kitchen.

Older residential properties may be especially prone to damp - especially those with wooden doors and windows or an ageing roof structure.

Keeping damp at bay will enhance the visual appearance and structural soundness of your home and help you to secure the best possible price should you decide to sell one day. 

Scheduling seasonal maintenance on your home is a great way to ensure that you maximise its value.

If you’re in the market to buy, sell or rent a Cape Town home, the Cape Realty team is ready and waiting to assist - contact us today. 

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