Benefits Of Roof Waterproofing

Is Your Leak Caused By Plumbing Or Waterproofing?

Firstly, you are not alone. We see this occurrence at least a few times a month, so it is a very common dilemma. Since both professions deal with water in different aspects, it can be difficult for clients to determine who to call first.

Ask The Following Questions:

  1. When does it leak (only when it rains, all the time, only when water is running through the taps, only when there is a lot of wind driven rain etc)?
  2. What is above the leak area (balcony, shower, roof)?
  3. Is there water supply or drainage pipes in the vicinity? It is common to find damaged drainage pipes/down pipes that are built into the wall.
  4. Are there aircon units in the vicinity? It is also common to find aircon condensation on ceilings, especially in a commercial setting.

Depending on the answers to the above-mentioned questions, the following steps will then need to be taken by a waterproofing professional:

  • Flood testing the area from the lowest point to the highest point (balcony, roof, bathtub etc).
  • If no leak is reproduced, at this stage we would recommend a plumber who would carry out one of 2 things; a pipe pressure test OR chopping to expose any underlying issues.

In our experience, this is the most thorough and cost-effective way to ascertain where your water ingress problem is situated. If it is not the waterproofing and is in fact plumbing, a waterproofing professional might still need to be hired in certain scenarios as the plumber would chop up any waterproofing that may have already been installed to get to the problem pipe (ie. Shower leaks, balcony leaks etc).

Our team not only offer free on-site inspections but we also compile detailed reports of what the cause is and what our tailor-made solution is to repair it. Contact us today and let us be of service to you.

Leaking Roofs Might Be More Disastrous Than You Think

As a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to maintaining your house. Anything can go wrong at any time. One of the most common problems are leaking roofs.

Juggling buckets and emptying them every few minutes can be tiresome and frustrating. And what happens when you’re not home when heavy rain sets in? That’s right – water damage! Which translates to spending all your hard-earned money on new furniture, floors and roof repairs.

It’s very seldom that roof leaks are just that. In most cases, it’s a sign of something much bigger. Blocked gutters, loose or broken tiles, damaged flashings, unclipped metal roof sheets, damaged roof ridges or general poor installation of materials are all reasons why your roof is leaking

Dangers of a Leaking Roof

Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. In fact, here are 4 ways a leaking roof can affect you:

Mould Growth

Mould can be found in any damp area and is extremely harmful to your health. If you have respiratory problems, it will worsen the symptoms. If you don’t, mould will ensure that you do. Moisture also attracts a large variety of bugs such as cockroaches, mold mites, camel crickets and millipedes.

Fire Hazard

If your electric cables are exposed in your ceiling, water damage can cause a short in the wires which could cause a full-blown fire.

Slip and Fall Hazard

Pooled water caused by a leak anywhere in your home can cause you to slip and hurt yourself. This is especially dangerous when children and the elderly are present.

Further Structural Damage

Of course if the roof leak is not attended to within a reasonable time, this WILL lead to further structural damage (rotten timber, plastic underlay damage, rust to metal roof frames, major ceiling board damage and wall damp to name a few).

My Roof Is Leaking What Should I Do

The solution to any roof leak is to get in touch with professional roof repair contractors as soon as possible. We offer reliable and affordable roof repairs in Sandton and surrounding areas. Our experienced roofing technicians will do a full roof inspection to find the cause of the leak so you can have peace of mind that the problem will be sorted out completely.

To prevent roof leaks in future, we strongly recommend you call us for a thorough roof inspection every 3 years to avoid any costly damage. Even if you do not detect a leak, it is important you keep up to date with the status of your roof. For more information or a free quote, get in touch today!