Posted on
April 17th, 2015

Simple ways to deal with damp

There are varying degrees of damp issues, and with this, different treatments and solutions to help you along your way. To complicate the issue, there can often be multiple instances and different issues across your home. This means each area will have to be treated separately and may need completely different treatments.

In most cases, you will not be able to solve the problem completely by yourself, but there are various methods which can be used to help the process. It may be that your issue is not too bad at the moment, but it will not go away fully until professionally repaired, or that you have to wait until you can afford the correct treatment. Whatever the case may be, below are some tips for getting your damp problem on the right track.

Condensation

Condensation is a bigger issue than most people think. The main cause is through the lack of ventilation across your home. With increasing energy bills, it is tempting to seal your house tight to save on bills, but this can just create problems further down the line – cancelling out any monetary savings.

Extractor fans in your bathroom and kitchen are essential, as these two rooms produce the vast majority of the moisture in your home. If they are already installed, then make sure that filters are cleaned regularly to let them work properly. Cleaning is most important in kitchen areas as grease and general use can reduce the function of your extractor.

Maintaining a constant median temperature is much better than going from extremes. It can be tempting to switch off your heating all day if you the house is empty, but over the course of the day, this can create a large difference in temperature. Investing in an efficient boiler and thermostat can outweigh the possible damp problems which arise with older systems.

For an immediate solution, removing the moisture from your windows can cut down on issues. Using a window vac to remove moisture, or simply using a towel to remove moisture regularly can help you reduce the risk of damp and mould caused by condensation.

Rising Damp

If there are issues with your damp proof course – or if it is non-existent – then you will need to enlist the services of an expert. If you know the level of your damp proof coursing, then you can check around your home and make sure that it is above the ground level. This may involve digging earth away from the building, but this will then make the damp proofing course work effectively again.

If it is not working as well as it originally did, then you may have to look into getting it repaired with products such as our damp proof repair kits. Again, this should be carried out by a professional who can locate issues and rectify them. Make sure that you use a reputable contractor to get the best results.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp often comes from broken external fittings, such as down pipes and guttering. You may be able to fix this yourself if they have just come loose, but if you need to replace full systems, it may be best to call in a professional.

Problems can also arise from your roof, joins or window frames. Again, this may be something obvious which can be easily rectified, but will most likely require professional services.

Depending on the severity of your damp problem, different treatments are required, but if you can go through any of the issues above to help you along, then you should be able to minimise damage. You will most likely have to get in a professional, but these tips can help you in the meantime.

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