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?
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 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:
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.
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.
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 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.