How To Prevent Damp Causing Problems In Your Home

Damp and mildew are a most common problem in UK homes. If your home is damp you will have spotted mildew on the furniture, ceiling or even the walls. It is vitally important to prevent this damp before it gets to the stage where it is affecting the health of your family and anybody living there and penultimately damaging your property.

What Forms Of Damp Are There

Dampness in the home usually happens when there is a fault in your house structure. You can either have penetrating damp or rising damp. Penetrating damp occurs when moisture finds its way into your house through external defects such as loose roof tiles and cracks in your walls.

Rising damp happens if your homes damp-proof course is not effective or damaged and it allows water to rise into your floor or walls.

What Are The Symptoms Of Dampness

It is vitally important to know the symptoms to look for to determine whether your house has a damp problem. The most common dampness symptoms may include: –

  • Musty or damp smell in certain rooms
  • Damp or mouldy shoes and clothes in your wardrobe
  • Mould and mildew formation around the home
  • Watermarks and stains on walls and ceilings
  • Rotting wood in the house structure
  • Damp and mould under your home

Condensation can also be a sign of damp but not in all situations. You may notice some condensation even if your home is not damp – especially in the winter so don’t panic but maybe seek professional advice.

How To Identify Moisture Sources

Once you have identified the symptoms of damp, it is important to find the source of the moisture in your house. Moisture can be created during various day-to-day activities in the house such as showering and cooking. In a lot of cases, the moisture produced during these activities can be easily controlled through decent ventilation, heating, and insulation in your home.

Another major cause of dampness is moisture that comes into the house from the outside or leaking plumbing. The moisture can also get in under your house. These moisture sources tend to be hidden and it is possible to miss them.

If these damp-causing problems are not addressed, they can damage the house and lower its value.

Professional Damp Proofing Devon

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to assume that using a ventilation system or dehumidifier in the home will solve the problem. These solutions only mask the dampness problem instead of preventing it.

Preventing Damp Causing Problems

The most effective way to prevent damp causing problems is to damp proof your floors and walls. A damp proofing specialist will check for any signs of water under your floor before they damp proof it. The water can be from your downpipes, drainage or guttering.

Once the water problem is identified, it should be corrected to prevent any future dampness. They will then damp proof the floors and walls if necessary. Specialists use waterproof barriers on the foundation to stop ground water from getting inside your home.

Choose Orchard Preservations

Anyone can get damp or rot issues in their home, no matter how new or well-kept your house is. These issues can cause immense and expensive property damage if left unchecked, which is why it’s important to call damp proofing specialist Orchard Preservations as soon as you notice signs of damp.

Our experienced and reliable team will be able to implement an effective treatment that works for your needs throughout Exeter and surrounding areas of the South West.

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