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Don’t wait for mid-winter or a rainy day to fix those leaking rooftops

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Homeowners, building managers and body corporates are urged to carry out their usual property maintenance plans, and not delay them because of the drought.

Homeowners, building managers and body corporates are urged to carry out their usual property maintenance plans, and not delay them because of the drought.

This is because downpours – when they do occur – can exacerbate leak issues and damage to waterproofing layers.

According to painting, waterproofing and construction company, Indawo, winter maintenance has “become more complex” in light of unpredictable weather forecasts, so necessary outdoor maintenance should be undertaken as soon as possible.

Interior maintenance can be carried out during this rainfall period, says company managing director Geoffrey Jäck.

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“The continued sunshine, up to the end of April, allowed construction companies to finalise exterior work.

“However, the longer dry spell does make it more difficult to plan new work as we are unsure what the weather holds in store for us in the coming months, months that, historically, have significant rainfall patterns.”

Although rainfall during this period is sporadic, when it does come, it may impact building facilities managers and bodies corporate decisions as they opt to delay maintenance plans. However,, Jäck says this should not necessarily be the resultant decision as some work may need to be done to avoid further damage to external structures, should the pending rainfall turn out to be more than expected.

“Firstly, critical areas can be identified that could be a risk to the integrity of the building, and measures taken to ensure damage is either avoided or, at the least, minimised. Secondly, reducing the potential for damage can significantly save costs when drier months arrive, so it is advisable to have your buildings assessed if there are areas of concern.

“Of course, internal work is hardly ever hampered by rainfall and there is no reason why internal painting and construction cannot be completed during the wet months.”

Indawo recommends that building owners check all outer structures to ensure they are safe from potential water ingress before the rainy season kicks in. 
Winter does not necessarily mean danger for building owners, but it can be an uncomfortable experience once leaks become evident inside.

“Regular checking of outer structures and substructures is a critical part of a property’s maintenance programme,” Jäck says.

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