Posted on
June 18th, 2015

Damp, Mould or Condensation?

Keeping your household in good order means that you have to undertake regular maintenance of your property, ensuring that small issues don’t turn into big problems.

Looking after your home and ensuring that it stays in a good state of repair goes beyond your brickwork and structure though. It is important to be aware of the possibility of water damage within your home.

Although we all need water to live, you can drown in too much of it. In a similar way, your home will have moisture in it for your day-to-day activities, but when it builds up, it can cause damage to your property.

It is important to figure out how water is adversely effecting your property, so that you can correctly remedy the situation. Discerning whether you have damp, mould or condensation problems is the first step to getting everything sorted.

Damp

At Damp Kits we know the damage that untreated damp problems can cause, and we have seen many cases across varying stages of damage. From reduced efficiency in your heating through to outright unsafe building conditions, damp can cause serious and prolonged problems when left untreated.

It is often hard to figure out yourself where the problem lies, particularly with damp, but by looking through our previous posts on the blog, you can easily find out how to spot damp issues.

Once you think you have a damp problem, the best course of action for most people is to get in touch with a local, reputable tradesman who can assess the situation and put forward the best course of action. When the action is taken, you can be sure that you are getting the best treatments when people use No More Damp products, including our rising damp solutions and wall lining systems.

Condensation

When you have showers, baths and cook, we create a lot of excess steam and moisture. With increased awareness of efficiency, this is increasingly trapped within the home. Without proper ventilation it can quickly build up and cause condensation on windows – especially throughout the colder months.

It is important to get this build-up of moisture out of your house quickly and effectively whilst maintaining the climate in your home. With the correct ventilation after bathing and cooking, you can remove the steam and moisture without cooling down your house and maintaining your energy efficiency. This also helps in the long run, because when water cools, it cools the air around it, causing you to increase your heating output, costing you more money.

Mould

Mould frequently occurs in areas when damp and condensation have had time to cause damage. Even when steps have been taken to correct this, you can find that a forgotten corner of your house has an outbreak of mould. This is often in the furthest corners away from heat sources, such as exterior walls, areas behind furniture and at the back of cupboards. This is also exacerbated by the fact that these areas are rarely seen, giving any mould issue plenty of time to multiply.

The main factors which increase mould issues are linked to damp and condensation, so once these are eliminated, mould should not be an issue. It is a good idea to periodically check behind furniture and other ‘hidden’ parts of your home to stay on top of things.

There are a variety of solutions to these problems, from installing extractor fans to getting a proper damp course for your home. When these are in place, you should be aware of the possible damage which could be occurring. Even the best fan can or damp course can be damaged and be rendered ineffective.

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