Posted on
March 17th, 2016

Damp FAQs

If you have ever come across damp, you will know just how unpleasant it is for you and the people around you. Not only can it cause costly damage to your home but it can even make it inhabitable as it poses a number of serious risks to your health. As soon as you spot damp, you should contact a professional so that you can address the problem quickly and efficiently.

Here are some FAQs when it comes to damp.

What type of damp is affecting my home?

It is important to identify the type of damp that is affecting your home if you want to give the right treatment. Here’s some information that will help you if you come across damp problems in the future.

Condensation is probably the most common household problems and affects millions of people in the UK each year. This occurs when excess moisture in the air lands on surfaces such as windows, walls and floors. Signs of condensation can include water droplets around the home, salt residue, stained walls and damaged plastering. The key to treating condensation is ventilation. You should do this regularly to prevent it from turning into a bigger problem, such as mould.

Rising damp is another issue that you may face. This happens when ground water travels through the walls. This moisture will continue to rise to the highest point of the building and if it is not able to evaporate, will be pulled back down again by gravity. Watch out for tide marks just above your skirting boards as this is a telltale sign of rising damp.

When water leaks through your walls, it can result in penetrating damp. It is often caused by problems with the structure of the building, such as blocked drains, loose roof slates, old bricks and other defects which allow water into the property. If you suspect penetrating damp, take a look around your home for watermarks that get worse when it’s raining.

Is damp proofing the right choice?

Damp proofing is a type of treatment that involves creating a barrier to prevent moisture from being absorbed through the walls. If there isn’t adequate damp proofing or the building doesn’t have it at all, water from outside can get into the interior of your home. Over time, this will lead to the formation of condensation, damp and mould.

Proofing treatments will probably be needed if the reason behind the damp is problems with the building. There are many different options available, including damp proof kits, wall membranes and paint. Remember, it is always better to hire a professional to do this work for you as they will know which method of treatment is the best for you!

Where can I find the best treatments?

Dampkits have a wide range of treatments to help you fix your damp and problems. These range from paint additives to eradication kits. Each one has been designed to help effectively treat damp, which will not only benefit your home but your health as well. You can see all of the treatments that we have available by visiting our product page.

If you would like further advice or have any questions, please get in touch with us directly. You can call 0845 400 6666 or email info@dampkits.co.uk.

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