Posted on
November 17th, 2016

Is Damp Affecting Your Home?

All types of homes can be affected by damp and it isn’t something you should ever take slightly. As well as costly damage to your home, it can also have serious health implications for you and those around you. These include respiratory problems, allergies and asthma, just to name a few!

Here is some important information that you need to know about damp.

What is damp?

The most important thing is to understand that there isn’t just one type of damp, there are several. The first and most common is condensation. This occurs when there is excess moisture in the air that lands on surfaces like windows, walls and doors. You should notice straight away if it is condensation as there will be water droplets, damp wallpaper and if left untreated, will lead to the formation of mould. As the colder months are starting to set in, you may find that this problem starts to affect your home.

Another type of damp is rising damp. When ground water travels up through the wall or floor of a building, this is known as rising damp. It commonly affects older homes that don’t have adequate damp proofing or those that are situated on an uneven ground level. Things to look out for include damaged skirting boards, peeling wallpaper, wet patches and salt residue.

Penetrating damp is caused by water travelling horizontally through your home, rather than rising damp that travels vertically. Problems with the structure of the building are often to blame and could be anything from a leaking roof and faulty guttering to cracks in the walls. If you spot damp patches on your ceilings that get darker when it rains, it is probably due penetrating damp.

How can I fix it?

Once you have identified the type of damp and cause, you can then move on to fixing the problem. Treatments could include damp proofing courses, eradication kits, basement waterproofing and paint additives. You will probably need to look at ventilation in your home too, as this is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to the cause of damp.

If you have any questions about the different types or would like advice from the experts, we would be more than happy to help. Please call 0845 4006666 or send an email to info@dampkits.co.uk to speak to the team.

 

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