Home Improvements September 28th2015

How to get rid of the damp

How to get rid of the damp

As Brits, we have a pretty high tolerance.

We accept the fact we have more than our fair share of rain and we go about our business under grey skies with minimal fuss. We even experience occasional soggy summers and so there’s no surprise that one of the most common problems within our homes is the appearance of damp.

From causing mould to making the house feel cold and look unpleasant, dampness is also an aggravator for a number of respiratory conditions, so it's undeniably something worth dealing with as soon as possible.

There is a growing industry in damp-proofing and prevention, but professional treatments mean disruption to your lifestyle and a drain on your bank account.

As Everest are always keen to help, here are 5 easy ways to deal with the damp:

1. Tackle condensation

In colder weather, condensation becomes more obvious, but it can affect any home at any time of the year – especially if you dry your clothes indoors, leave pans boiling without lids or leave the bathroom door open when you have a bath or shower.

Condensation gathers in the same places, which is something that causes real problems over time. If you have a condensation problem, you should wipe down windows and sills every day, wringing out the cloth instead of drying it on a radiator.

Condensation isn’t the only cause of damp, but if you can reduce the amount of moisture in the air inside your home, you’re off to a good start.

2. Turn up the heat

On the one hand, a well-ventilated house will help reduce moisture. However, a draughty home will exacerbate the problems of damp.

As a rule, a warmer house means less condensation, so make sure your loft and cavity wall insulation is up to scratch and block draughty windows or doors - except for the bathroom, kitchen and wherever else you may have a fuel burning heater.

Unfortunately, simply turning up the heating isn’t an option for everyone, but if you can keep a low level of background heat consistent throughout the day, it will help dry your home and save you from being confronted with expensive damp treatments, proving cheaper in the long run.

3. Effective maintenance

You might already have a damp-proof course in place, but in order for it to be fully effective, you should make sure external ground levels remain below the damp course and clear leaf and soil matter away from the external walls regularly.

4. Rising damp

Rising damp affects a wall at ground floor level, up to a height of around 1.2-metres. Often, the wall will have perfectly good damp-proof course, but this may have been covered over by subsequent work, soil, flooring or pathways.

Inspect your wall to see whether you can dig away soil or material from the wall, which might have caused it to “bridge” with the garden.

5. Penetrating damp

Penetrating damp is caused by water coming in from the outside. Regular and careful property maintenance is essential to prevent penetrating damp – check gutters, flashing, window and door frames in order to identify any cracks or ways water could be getting in.

Apply these simple, regular checks and dampness will be a thing of the past.

Click the link for tips on how to prevent condensation.

*Article image courtesy of Dominic Alves via the following license at Flickr.

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