Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Family Home: Signs of Damp You Should Never Ignore

When people talk about their homes, one of the most common conversation topics is damp. Some people often choose to ignore the problem completely, but living in a house with mould can be incredibly bad for your health and young children are especially at risk of health problems.

What’s more, the worse the situation gets, the more it’s going to cost you to remove and repair any damage so it’s better to face up to the problem sooner rather than later! Skirting boards can be replaced quite easily, skirtingsrus who have a big skirting boards range would be able to provide you with some inspiration. Wallpaper may be a little trickier – but if you take the necessary steps to stop damp from taking hold, then hopefully, repairing the damage shouldn’t be too costly.

The types of damp

The three most common types of damp that can affect your home include rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation.

Rising damp is caused by ground water moving up through a wall or floor. It’s usually stopped from causing damage by a barrier called damp-proof membranes.

Penetrating damp is caused by water leaking through the walls. It may expand across your walls or ceiling but will always do so horizontally rather than by travelling up walls. This is usually caused by structural problems such as faulty guttering or roofing, cracks in the walls or internal leaks.
Condensation is the most common type of damp and it’s caused by moist air condensing on walls. Typically, it occurs in rooms where there is a lot of moisture such as in kitchens and bathrooms and it’s often a winter problem because at this time of year, walls are much colder than the air outside.

So, what are the tell-tale signs?

 Some of the more obvious signs of damp include:
When you hang your clothes out after a wash, they won’t dry properly
There’s a constant musty smell in your house
Your breathing doesn’t feel right. It can even make asthma symptoms worse.
You may see visible damp patches that come and go depending on the weather conditions
Water droplets on windows or walls
Mould starts to appear
Signs of rising damp include damage to skirting boards or plaster as well as peeling paint and wallpaper – often with wet patches. You may also notice tide marks along your wall
A general chilly or damp feeling in the house
Damp floor tiles
Algae and mould on external walls

How can I prevent it?

Poor ventilation exacerbates the situation so make sure your house (especially the bathroom) is well ventilated. Opening windows and having an extractor fan can be a big help.
Rather than setting your heating to turn on and off at particular intervals throughout the day, it’s better to have it on constantly at a lower heat. Heating that comes on and off allows warm, damp air to condense.

Use a damp-proof membrane. Impervious to water and laid under concrete floor, this can help to effectively seal and protect your house from ground water.



Heather G said...

Thank you for these great tips and this is one that I am going to save. We have seen some of these signs in our home.
heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

This is one of the most feared issues in homeownership, as well as one of the more expensive ones to fix. Thanks for the information.

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