Posted on
January 9th, 2015

How to Treat Damp

Damp is a common problem which is sometimes as easy to fix as turning on an extractor fan, however other times the problem is more deep routed and may require the help of an expert. There are a few things that you can do yourself before employing the help of a professional.

Assessing the cause of the problem is the first thing you should do when looking for potential damp, followed by investigating which type of damp it is before trying to fix it.

Find out more about treating penetrating damp, rising damp and condensation below:

Technoseal Damp Proofing Paint

Treating penetrating damp:

  • – If you find that there is a patch of damp masonry in your property, you may wish to check the pipes, drainage and gutters for blockages. (More often than not, there will be a fair amount of debris in the guttering, including moss, leaves and anything the birds may have left over).

 

  • – Remove any blockages you find.

 

  • – If the guttering on your property is old, it may need to be replaced due to a leak that is not easy to see with the eye. This usually causes small drips which get worse with heavy rain, and continue to drip long after the skies clear. Combined with any blockages as mentioned above, this causes a leak which may be far more problematic than it needs to be.

 

  • – Are there any cracks in the windows or walls that you know about? If so, you will want to fill those in and make sure that any problems like this around the house are fixed – both inside and out.

 

  • – Check on the roof for any obvious signs of loose slates or roofing tiles, if there is any damage to these then you should replace them as soon as possible. If they have simply come out place, put them back where they belong. This is one of the leading causes to penetrating damp problems.

 

Surface Treatments

Treating rising damp:

  • – Before considering any other solution for treating rising damp, you should take a look around your property to see if there are any obstructions to the base of the house. Assess whether there is any unnecessary soil covering the foundations or ventilation. If so, remove this and you may find that this gets rid of the problem altogether.

 

 

  • – Old houses are much more susceptible to rising damp problems due to the lack of a damp proof membrane installation around the base of the house when it was built, therefore installing or replacing a damp course may help.

 

Mould Removal

Treating condensation related damp:

  • – Kitchens and bathrooms are the main culprits when it comes to condensation, therefore if you haven’t already got extractor fans fitted to one or the other, you may want to think about investing in one for both.

 

  • – If you already have extractor fans, don’t forget to use them whenever you are cooking or having a shower.

 

  • – De-humidifiers are a great option for houses with a condensation problem and can be a cost effective way to temporarily rid yourself of the problem. Unfortunately, once the unit is switched off, the problem may come back.

 

  • – Ensure all washing machines and dryers are plumbed in correctly to allow for any steam to escape properly.
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