Have you found damp patches on your living room and bedroom walls? There are several reasons behind these patches that appear on your walls. Damp causes damage to the buildings appearance and if left untreated and unpreventable, damp can cause a serious hassle later on.
Look Around The Inside and Outside of The House
Look for defects, cracks and blockages where water could be leaking in. These penetrating damp problems could be caused by the problems within the building or plumbing system. Water marks on internal walls is a sign of penetrating damp, and a clue to where the leak is coming from.
How To Fix Penetrating Damp Problems
Look at the drainage, the pipes and the gutters or do-it-yourself and remove any debris, leaves, faeces etc that cause blocks in the drainage system.
It could be a bigger problem than blockage, your guttering may be old therefore you will need to replace it.
Seal all the cracks in the walls and the window frames. An extra step to ensuring cracks don’t develop in the window frames and seals is to clean the windows on a regular bases. This keeps them healthy and improves their life expectancy.
Does the roof have any loose slates? Either call someone to have a look or inspect the roof yourself as the roof is a common cause of penetrating damp problems.
Do the walls have mould on them and are they wet to touch? This could be a sign of condensation damp, excessive moisture forming condensation when it meets the cold walls.
How To Fix Condensation Damp Problems
In rooms where there’s a lot of steam (kitchens, bathrooms), use extractor fans to keep moisture off the walls. Keep the doors shut when you’re using these rooms, as excessive moisture can’t escape to other parts of the house.
Re-check your washing machine and dryer. Poorly installed appliances that didn’t fit according to the manufacturers instructions can lead to steam escaping.
What Are The Causes Of Dampness?
Understanding the causes of dampness helps to eliminate further risks. The main risks arise from:
Air Moisture Condensation
Old buildings suffer most from condensation as modern buildings are built to keep water out, old buildings are built with absorbent materials that bring water in. Double-glazing windows can help to reduce ventilation.
If appliances aren’t installed correctly, it can lead to a gradual breakdown of pipe joints. Accidental damage such as overflowing baths, showers or leaks from washing machines and dishwashers also contribute to internal spilling’s that cause long term problems if left untreated.
Below Ground Damp
Rising damp is where the floor becomes damp when the moisture rises from vinyl sheets, rubber backed carpets or other coverings.
A common problem causes by exposure such as an unfixed roof.