Dampness in properties is caused by water ingress and can be a serious problem. Many people don’t recognise that damp which is left untreated can cause structural damage to a property and result in excess time and a vast expense to repair. There are also many smaller problems that if go untreated can cause internal damp problems.
Here are some regular checks you can carry out regularly to avoid serious problems further down the line.
- Check the household plumbing often. If you find any leaking radiator valves, dripping pipes or leaky toilet cisterns get these fixed as soon as possible.
- Check windows for excessive condensation. A unit such as a PIV unit can provide a long term solution to prevent condensation in the home.
- Ventilate your home regularly, even in winter. Check air bricks aren’t blocked, and extractor fans are working. This will keep air flow moving, avoid a build-up of unnecessary moisture in rooms and help stop condensation damp from forming.
- Check your drainpipes and guttering are not blocked by leaves and debris. Water that overspills from these can seep through your walls.
- Look for issues with the damp proof course. Laying a drive way or decking above a damp-proof course can lead to serious problems.
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to help stop damp problems and related issues:
A damp-proof course doesn’t always last a life time. It can get damaged or it can be compromised for example, by laying a driveway or decking above it. To spot problems keep an eye open for tide marks on the bottom of walls.
- To stop rising damp
Rising damp, as the name suggests, is caused by groundwater finding its way into a home through stonework or brickwork. This can be spotted through wet or lifting floor tiles or damp flaky plaster.
- To treat dry rot
Dry Rot is a fungus that will attack and cause decay to the timbers in your home. The most common cause of dry rot is moisture through problems such as leaking pipes under floorboards and it likes nothing better than dark, out of sight places. It has the ability to spread and the more it spreads, the more expensive it will be to treat.
- To investigate a damp-proof course that has been compromised in some way
If you spot black mould
- To help stop condensation
forming on either external or internal walls, this is a clear indication that there is a ventilation problem. Mould spores can have a detrimental effect on your health, especially asthma sufferers.
- To maintain the fabric of the exterior of your property
Always remember that water can get into a property through its walls as well as through its roof and floors. Poor pointing or damaged masonry is often a source of damp problems further down the line.
- If you’re thinking of selling your home
Often problems with damp don’t become evident until you arrange a survey. To avoid unnecessary hold-ups and costs further down the line, instruct a damp proofing company to carry out a Damp & Timber pre-purchase report. It could save you money.
- To protect and repair structural timbers
Timbers can be drastically affected by damp leading to decaying timbers. There are specialist methods of repair that can be undertaken to repair sections of timber as well as the essential element of stopping the damp problem from continuing.
- To check damp in a basement
Basements are particularly susceptible to damp problems and the reasons can be complex to diagnose and to provide the right treatment approach.
- Diagnosing a woodworm problem
Holes in wood, wood dust and insects particularly around spring time is a clear indication of some type of woodworm infestation.
- To repair cracks in brickwork
Some damp proofing companies will also carry out structural repair work such as replacing wall ties or strengthening lintels.