How To Avoid Damp Problems In Your Home

Damp proofing sounds scary, but in truth daily home maintenance and simple chores performed every few months would result in a much healthier and drier home. Checking and cleaning gutters, drains, and downpipes on a regular basis helps to ensure that the water treatment systems are in good working order.

Keep an eye out for cracks and seal any leaked joints in your home’s water treatment system to help prevent extra moisture from being absorbed.

Regular Home Inspections

This does not always necessitate the hiring of a surveyor. You can do a lot of things for yourself at home. However, organising a “land MOT” from time to time (every three years or so, I believe) is not harmful. Keep an eye out for:

How To Avoid Damp In Your Home

  • Loose or slipped tiles.
  • Vegetation growing out of the gutters. Is it likely to block or overflow the gutter leading overflow issues against the walls/roof and ultimately leading to damp issues inside?
  • Cracks on the stonework. Are you leaving an opened wound within the property to let moisture in?
  • Use a hose on a good day and test the water management systems. Look for water escaping through cracks. Pay attention for issues caused by storm damage.
  • Are there areas where the pointing/mortar has overtime disintegrated?
  • If you have a chimney, checking the lead flashings, chimney valleys and parapet walls.

How To Deal With A Damp Problem

As soon as you find a damp problem – don’t panic and deal with it as quickly as you can. Damp is a bit like a toothache. The longer you leave it the more costly the issue becomes and more painful!

How To Remove Moisture From Your Property

Since we now live in tightly enclosed houses, condensation is the most common source of damp issues. There’s nowhere for moisture to go. Adopt some easy lifestyle improvements in your home to reduce the effects of damp issues such as unsightly black mould on your walls, such as opening windows while showering and cooking.

Renew Your Bath And Shower Seals

You’d be amazed at how much damp and rot can be caused by faulty seals around baths and showers, particularly because most of us use these facilities on a daily basis. You will save hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds by actually paying attention to the seals while bathing or showering. Wet rot (or even dry rot) can be prevented by doing some DIY work underneath your bath and shower.

Fast And Reliable Damp Proofing Specialists

When you choose to have your damp proofing carried out by Orchard Preservations, you can be confident of a great result and service. All our work is carried out solely by our Orchard Preservations team, meaning we can promise a courteous service and high-quality damp proofing every time. We are available throughout the South West, covering locations such as Exeter, Chard, Newton Abbot, Dorset, Axminster and Taunton with our competitively priced services.

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