Condensation control

Posted on
November 13th, 2015

What to Do If You Find Condensation and Damp In Your Home

If you have ever owned or rented a home, you will probably have experienced condensation and damp. These are extremely common household problems which can not only damage your home but can also make you ill. If you spot any signs of these, you should act quickly to ensure that more serious problems do not occur. Here is some advice for what to do if you find condensation and damp in your home.

Condensation

When the temperature is different outside than it is indoors, it creates excess moisture in the air. Condensation is when this moisture builds up on surfaces in your home, such as walls, floors, windows and ceilings. To prevent this problem, you should ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your home. This means checking that your home is insulated properly and doesn’t have any drafts. You should also try to open windows when cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or any other activity that releases excess moisture into the air through steam.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp occurs when rain water leaks into your home. This happens when there are problems with the structure of the building, such as cracked walls, faulty guttering or insufficient roofing. In most cases, penetrating damp is the responsibility of the landlord. If you find that it is this kind of damp which is affecting your home, you should contact your landlord immediately. The main symptom to look out for is dark patches on your walls, ceilings and floors which worsen when it rains.

Rising Damp

When water from the ground moves up through the wall, it is known as rising damp. Walls should have damp proofing between the water and your floor. When this is missing or insufficient, water can travel upwards which will cause rising damp. It is very common in properties where the level of ground outside is higher that your home, which makes it easier for water to get in. Damage to floors, peeling wallpaper and salt stains are all common signs of rising damp so be sure to look out for these in your home.

Treatment

There are many different types of treatments out there for damp, including paint additives, eradication kits and wall membranes. Before you choose which one to use, you should identify the type of damp in your home and improve the ventilation. It is always better to get an expert to assess the damp as they will have plenty of experience and be able to give you the best advice. They will also know which treatment to use to ensure that the damp is removed completely.

If you would like to find your nearest Dampkits stockist or need advice from the experts, please call 0845 400 6666 or email info@dampkits.co.uk.

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