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4 ways to prevent mould growing in your home

The risks of having mould growing in your home are far greater than you think. In fact, living in a damp/mouldy environment could affect you to the point of being bed ridden. Mould and damp contribute to allergies, asthma, respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. Here are 4 pointers to prevent mould growing in your home

1. Identifying Mould

Sure, we all have seen mould. Black and green spores looking just plain manky! In case you don’t know what, it looks like, buy fish paste open the bottle and never use it for a month after the expiry date.  Now when you start seeing the same stuff on your walls and ceilings… you have successfully identified mould

2. Understanding why mould is there

We have identified it, but why is it there? Mould feeds off dust and can pretty much spread in areas that are dark, moist and even warm. Areas such as bathrooms, behind carpets, wall paper, book cases, curtains… the list is endless provided the environment for mould is suitable. 

3. Addressing the source of the problem

Now that we know the environment mould grows in, we can start addressing it. Ventilation is vital for small rooms like bathrooms. Install an extractor fan or open a window in small rooms. If your house has random patches of mould on your walls this could indicate damp. If you have a flat roof and find mould on your ceilings there could also be a leak through the waterproofing or a geyser issue. After addressing the source you can proceed to remove the mould.

4. Treatment

If you find you have damp in your walls, damp treatment is absolutely necessary. Just putting a damp seal type of product over the damp areas is NOT treating the damp. That is simply covering the problem up. Mould will still grow behind it and eventually bubble through. It is absolutely necessary to remove the contaminated plaster and address the cause, whether its rising damp, water penetration or lateral damp. If you find mould growing on the ceilings in your bathroom as a result of condensation, ensure the area is well lit with clear ventilation. Clean off the mould using a mould remover, or simply using a bleaching product with water and a sponge. Our dedicated and professional staff are trained damp specialists, so if you need an expert eye, give us a call.

Not only do we fully cover your residential damp and waterproofing needs, we also specialise in commercial damp proofing and painting as well as industrial waterproofing and ground water drainage. If you have any queries feel free to contact us at www.dampcon.co.za/contact-us