Treating Damp Exeter

Are you having problems treating damp Exeter? Orchard Preservations is here to help you understand what is causing it, what it can lead to and how you can get rid of it. If you have found the issue has got out of hand and you need professional help, be sure to give us a call.

What Causes Damp?

Having damp in your home is often caused by condensation and could also lead to black mould building around windows or walls. The easiest way to resolve an issue is by identifying exactly what it is. Rising and penetrating damp are the two main types found in homes and buildings we visit so we will break these down for you separately and how you can treat these. We will also talk about condensation and how to get rid of it.

Rising Damp Exeter

First of the issues is rising damp Exeter. This is caused from exterior moisture rising through the walls from the outside of properties that don’t have damp-proofing installed or what they do have is of poor quality. Not having any damp-proofing means moisture won’t be stopped from entering. Rising damp can go up to a metre from the ground and the salts in the groundwater then work to infiltrate the inside walls of the building.

Treating Rising Damp

Locating the source of the moisture is the key to treating rising damp. You may be able to quickly fix the issue for the short term, but we recommend arranging to get proper damp-proofing installed while the problems are at bay. If you already have something in place, it may be good to get it checked every few years to ensure it’s still working properly.

Penetrating Damp Exeter

Another common problem is penetrating damp Exeter. If often occurs due to poor property maintenance such as blocked drains or guttering. Any external defects can cause water to build up and if it is not cleared, moisture eventually find a way into the building. When it does infiltrate, it builds up horizontally in the walls.

Treating Penetrating Damp

Just like rising damp, you must locate the source of the problem when treating penetrating damp. You can prevent future issues by fixing your drainage systems or using a different way to control water flow so that isn’t in contact with the property.

Condensation Exeter

Poor ventilation is the most common cause of condensation Exeter. When temperature rises, poor ventilation will allow moisture to form in the air and then condense onto colder surfaces when your home is cooling down. Everyday activities contribute to moisture in the air such as cooking and showering and this is no issue, unless it’s not being regulated. This is more common in chillier months when people are battling the cold by keeping windows shut and cranking up the heating.

Treating Condensation

There are simple methods for treating condensation relating to slight lifestyle changes. Opening your windows during the day or drying washing outside when it’s not raining make all the difference to the moisture levels in your home. Installing ventilation fans is useful too but this may require some construction work. If you’re adjusting air flow in your property, improvements should start to show.

Orchard Preservations Exeter

You should now know what you can do to prevent damp and condensation from attacking your property, and if it does how to prevent it, thanks to Orchard Preservations Exeter. If you do find the problem is too big to tackle on your own or you need professional advice, contact us today.

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