Posted on
February 18th, 2016

Top Causes of Damp in the Home

Over the numerous years of experience, we have of correcting damp and mould problems, there are three which consistently appear. While many people can try and diagnose their own damp problems, this often just temporarily helps the problem, rather than fixing it completely.

Wrong Materials

This issue is mostly prevalent in older buildings from the Edwardian era or earlier. Before the middle of the 20th Century, buildings were constructed with very different materials. Because of this change in approach to building, those constructed before the middle of the 20th century usually need a very different approach to damp proofing.

Using the wrong materials through an incorrect assessment can cause more problems than it solves. Using modern techniques in conjunction with older methods can mean that walls are not breathable, concentrating moisture in the building. In a similar way, an incorrectly applied damp course can cause more harm than good, trapping the water in through its impermeable properties, rather than keeping it out.

Bad Ventilation

Poor ventilation is a sure fire way of creating damp problems in your home. If you do not have your windows open frequently, have extractor fans, or have a dehumidifier, then mould and damp will spread. This is particularly an issue with enclosed areas, such as basements, where moisture has difficulty escaping.

As well as letting moisture escape, it should be allowed to circulate around the inside and outside of the building. Obstructions around air bricks and vents can cause moisture build up in certain areas of your home, which can cause big problems. As these issues may be found away from the damp issue, it is important to get checked by an experienced surveyor to get complete peace of mind.

Insufficient Maintenance

Poor maintenance is a major factor where damp issues are concerned. This is particularly an issue in the winter months, where increased bad weather can take its toll on various aspects of your home. From increased water table levels and flooding, to damage to your roof in high winds and subsequent water ingress, keeping you house maintained is vital to stopping damp. It is also important to be aware of this when getting a survey completed, because if your roof is not under scrutiny along with the rest of your property, then it is not a complete survey. This also applies to your guttering and pipework, as both internal and external leaks can cause damp issues when not properly maintained.

However, severe the damp issues are in your property, make sure that you get them properly checked by an experienced surveyor and get the work carried out by a professional, using the best products. This way, you can be sure that you get the best work completed and save yourself further work and expense further down the line.

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