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How To Identify Damp?

Identifying Damp

Damp can be a serious problem for many homes; no matter what type of property you might live in. From causing a nuisance to making your home cold, unwelcoming and when left untreated it can lead to health problems.

Fortunately damp can often be treated and further prevented through a number of methods. It’s important to first identify the type of damp of it, this will then help you to understand how it can be repaired.

How To Identify Damp

How To Identify Damp?

Damp can occur at any time of the year but it will most often appear and worsen during the winter months. There are a number of location where damp will commonly occur these are:

  • Walls – If a wall feels very cold or is visibly damp on your hands then you should look for other signs such as mould of fungal growth. Black speckled marks might start to appear on the wall itself or i’s surroundings.
  • Ceilings – As well as looking for signs of mould look at the colour of the ceiling. If there are discoluorations or stains, especially around the chimney then it could be damp.
  • Windows – Condensation build up on windows could indicate high moisture levels in your home. Puddles of water might occur and frames might discolour, warp or rot.
  • Bathrooms and Kitchens – If the sealant around your bathroom or kitchen have black mould on them then it could indicate high moisture. If cupboards smell or have mould growing in them then the wall behind them could be damp.
  • Furniture – When furniture is around a damp area will start to cause mould and mildew to grow on it.
  • Basements and Cupboards – These areas are usually unheated meaning they are most likely to suffer from damp. Visible mould, damp patches and smells will typically happen if you’re suffering from damp.

What Causes Damp?

Damp Damp can be caused by a number of reasons and the four most common are ventilation, penetration, plumbing and rising. All of these are caused by different factors but they will still cause the same problems to your property when left untreated. When damp is left untreated it can start to affect your health and your properties structural integrity. In the majority of homes damp is caused by the following:

Poor Ventilation

Many buildings suffer from ventilation problems and most modern builds struggle to allow moisture to escape them. Some of the most common places to experience poor ventilation is the bathroom, kitchen and sometimes even the bedrooms.

Penetrating Damp

This is caused when your properties weatherproofing fails and can be caused by leaks to the roof or gutters or the building itself deteriorating meaning the damp proofing fails.

Plumbing Problems

Leaking hot or cold water supply, waste water or central heating pipework that can cause anything from gushing water to a slow trickle of damp. Similar to penetrating damp marks can appear on the ceiling or walls.

Rising Damp

Rising damp typically occurs in older homes, even when damp proofing has been installed it’s more likely to fail due to how the foundations are made. Damp proofing helps to provide a barrier between the soil and the house. Older houses damp proofing isn’t as substantial meaning the bricks absorbs the moisture which leads to rising damp.

How To Treat Damp

There are a number of ways to treat damp and many different methods you can use to help try and prevent it. When treating damp we always advise seeking professional advice to ensure it is treated correctly. If you’re suffering from damp get in touch with Country Construction today.

5 Things You Need To Know When Building A New Home

Building A New Home

Building a new home from the ground up is one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences that any person can experience. However it can seem like a daunting task that feels never ending especially when something catches you off guard during the construction.

When having a new build constructed there are a wide array of things that you need to take into consideration. When you choose Country Construction, we’ll ensure the construction process runs smoothly and you end up with the property you’ve always dreamed of.

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5 Things You Need To Know About New Home Construction

When having a new home constructed there are 5 main things you need to know and take into consideration before laying the first brick or even buying the materials. The 5 things you need to know when building a new home are as follows:

Finances

New Property BuildBuilding a new home is a number game and the finances need to add up before any building work starts. When working out the finances you need to take into consider things such as architectural designs, building costs, price of materials and a number of other factors. It’s important to have a contingency pot of money in place to ensure that any unexpected problems that might arise are covered.

Building Contractors

When choosing a building contractor, it’s important to choose one that will cover all aspects of the building project. Here at Country Construction, we’ll work with you with everything from design to the finished project. We undertake home builds of all shapes and sizes.

Building A New Property

Materials

The materials you choose to construct your home are important for a number of reasons such as personal taste or legal requirements. There are many options to choose from with the popular being brick. Other materials such as concrete, wood, metal and glass are becoming common place in construction and they are used to create visually stunning properties. When it comes to building materials we can help you choose the best ones to suit your requirements and the budget you have available.

 

The Resale Value

It’s easy to get caught up in the complexities of the construction process and lose sight of your initial goals. From start to finish, even if you’re thinking of living there forever, it’s important to consider what the resale value of your home will be. A solid financial plan at the beginning of your building project will help you to decide whether your new home is going to make you money or whether it’s just going to be a black hole that swallows your money. If it was worst case scenario then you can adapt your plans and scale back materials or the design to make it a profitable build.

Energy Efficiency

When building your own home, it’s important to consider how energy efficient you want it to be. If you’re building a new home then you might as well make it as energy efficient as possible as it’s going to help save you money in the long run. Properties that are more energy efficient are likely to save you money on your energy bills and will make your home sustainable for the future.