Summer is here which means it’s rainy season for most parts of South Africa. While the rain is welcome it also means that you have to take extra care to keep water out of your home. Gauteng is popular for its short, heavy thunderstorms but these storms can wreak havoc and eventually leave you with damp in your home as a result.
But don’t fret, there are some precautions you can take to minimise the likelihood of damp and mould in your home this summer.
- Open Your Windows
Especially in your bathroom when showering, your kitchen when cooking and your laundry room when the tumble drier is running. The moisture created by these actions need to go somewhere so either open your windows or install a vent.
- Run Your Air Conditioner
Air conditioners are known to dry out the air. So if your home feels super humid, and your budget allows for it, run your aircon. If your budget doesn’t allow, consider investing in a dehumidifier.
- Fix Any Roof Leaks
The last thing you need is for water to leak into your roof. Not only will it ruin your ceiling it will damage your roof’s structure. Eventually, mould growth will spread which can be harmful to your health.
- Clean out Your Gutters
Gutters can easily get clogged up with leaves and other debris and when it rains, the water needs to go somewhere. That somewhere will be inside your roof. And as we’ve explained before, water in your roof should be avoided at all costs.
- Cook Outside
While cooking with your lids on and running the extractor fan is effective, it’s more fun to cook outside. It’s summer after all and what better way to celebrate it than with a braai.
If you have a damp problem you need assistance with, get in touch with H2nO Damp Proofing Specialists in Johannesburg for a free quote today!