Avoiding Damp in Your Home

by Jared Smith
If damp gets a foothold in your home this winter it can be difficult to eliminate without professional help. With the colder weather you may spot signs of damp, and if left could lead to problems.

Condensation is more noticeable during winter and is the most common cause of damp. It’s formed when warm air comes in contact with a cold surface. Everyday activities such as cooking, using hot water or drying clothes inside may contribute to condensation forming. On average, a family of four produces 14 litres (24 pints) of water vapour each day, so keeping a house correctly heated and well ventilated is an important part of preventing condensation.

Rising damp is the general term for water that rises up the fabric of a building after being absorbed from the surrounding ground. This can be caused by a failure of a damp proof course, a bridged damp proof course, or there being no damp proof course at all. You may spot rising damp by stains on your walls up to a metre high, peeling wallpaper, and cracked or bubbling plaster. This is solved by a new damp proof course or removing where the existing damp proof course is bridged and then replastering the affected area.

 

On average, a family of four produces 14 litres (24 pints) of water vapour each day.

 

Penetrating damp from high ground levels can also damage walls and plaster as moisture migrates from the ground into the internal surface of the walls.

 

If you have noticed any of these issues and would like a survey, call Peter Cox on 01904 899 757.

 

We are a Which? Trusted Trader, a member of the Property Care Association and rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot. The Health and Safety of our colleagues, customers and the wider community remains our number one priority, which is why we have put in place additional procedures to ensure we continue to operate safely.

 

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