How To Avoid Damp Problems In Your Home

Regular home maintenance and simple chores every few months will lead to a much healthier and drier home and therefore damp free. Things such as checking and cleaning out gutters, drains and downpipes every so often helps to ensure no issues with your water management systems.

Look out for cracks and sealing any leaking joints within the water management of your home will assist in preventing excess moisture being absorbed within the house.

Regular Home Inspections

This does not necessary mean arranging for a surveyor to come out. There is an awful lot you can do for yourself at home. However, it does no harm from time to time (every 3 years or so think) to organise a “property MOT”. Look 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

The most common cause of damp issues today is condensation because we now live in tightly sealed homes. Moisture simply has nowhere to go. To minimise this impact of damp issues such as unsightly black mould on your walls, adopt some simple lifestyle changes in your home such as opening windows when showering and cooking.

Renew Your Bath And Shower Seals

You would be totally amazed at the amount of damp and rot issues that simply occur due to bad seals around baths and showers, especially when most of us use these facilities every single day. By simply paying a little bit of attention to the seals when having a bath or shower, you can save yourself hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds. A little bit of DIY yourself will help prevent wet rot (or even dry rot) occurring 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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