How To Deal With Damp In Your Home
10th October 2019
Treatment Options For Different Types Of Damp
Wet weather is just one cause of damp in our homes – arm yourself with all the facts to stay damp-free this season.
Winter is coming, and as we’re expecting to see October to bring three months-worth of rain, it’s time to protect our homes against the effects of such a downpour. Both wind and rain can cause damage to the exterior of our properties and if its ongoing will pose a greater risk of seeping into the fabric of the property, particularly through those vulnerable spots such as cracked rendering or a leaky roof. Bearing in mind that damp is a condition that not only looks unsightly but can also pose a risk to our health and cause structural damage to our homes it’s essential that homeowners are well informed on how to identify damp, and what the steps for eradication should be.
Getting To Grips With Damp
There are various different types of damp that may be present in your home. Rising damp enters from the ground up, penetrating your property vertically and leaving tide marks of salt deposits on your lower walls. Condensation is due to a lack of ventilation or when air isn’t able to circulate effectively within your property – you can identify it by spotting mould forming on walls, behind furniture, on soft furnishings such as the folds of your curtains, and around your windows. Penetrating damp is another type which is caused by water that has leaked into your property from the outside, leaving patches of damp – it’s often discovered after a spell of wet weather, but can also be caused by a build-up of excess water in a blocked gutter for example.
Surveying And Repairs
When you spot damp in your home, it’s important not to panic or to ignore it. Identifying it is the first step. If you’re aware that any repair work needs to be carried out, such as broken roof tiling or a cracked drainpipe, then it’s essential that this happens first as any efforts to remove damp from your interior will be ineffective if the source of the damp problem is still present. Once any repairs have been fixed, then it’s time to consult with professional damp proofing contractors who will be able to survey your entire property from roof to foundations, assessing the extent of the problem and providing you with treatment options. A thermal image survey is also an option at this stage.
Treatment Options For Damp Types
If penetrating damp is flagged as being a problem, then repair work will usually be essential to stop the damp entering the property. Wall treatments on both your exterior and interior walls to stop water from permeating through again can help and there may need to be other problems that will need to be addressed such as timber decay and associated dry rot or woodworm problems.
You can prevent the effects of condensation from being repeated if you look at improving ventilation within your home. There are some sensible home guidelines you should follow, such as opening your windows regularly, ensuring that your property is insulated effectively, and making use of bathroom and kitchen fans. However, you can also invest in some quality ventilation for your home from a Condensation Control Unit Range which includes PIV, extractor fans and Heat Recovery devices. A mould resistant paint called ThermoKote can be used which prevents black mould from developing wherever it has been applied.
Finally, if you are experiencing rising damp, often seen in older properties, then a damp proofing treatment may be required to keep water from entering the foundations of your home. Timber treatment may also be necessary, and to protect your walls further, an application of water repellent masonry protection cream will keep excess moisture out.
Once the damp has been treated, and mould marks have been removed, then it’s time to carry out any required redecoration work. Remember that understanding how damp has developed in your home, the signs to look out for and seeking advice from damp proofing experts means you’ll be armed with the knowledge on how to prevent the problem from getting worse.