Damp is one of the most common issues faced by homeowners, but thankfully, there are some simple precautions you can take to reduce the chances of dampness developing.
Damp in a home can cause significant structural damage and unpleasant odors, and it may even result in health problems from poor quality air. Therefore, you must treat it immediately and take all possible measures to help prevent it from appearing. Here are just a few ways you can help stop damp developing in your home:
Make regular checks and look for tell-tale warning signs
You should inspect your walls and ceilings regularly and look for signs of dampness to nip the problem in the bud early and avoid long-term damage. Indicators of a growing damp problem include:
- Mold growing on walls or ceilings – it will often manifest itself as black patches
- Visual signs of damp – particularly at the top and bottom of walls and sometimes on ceilings. It’s also worth checking exterior walls for problem signs.
- Evidence of rot on external doors
- Condensation or patches of water at window bases
- Condensation on cold water pipes inside your home
Constantly monitoring for problems is by far the best way to prevent larger issues from developing in future. Therefore, you should aim to make regular inspections around your home.
Ensure your home has adequate ventilation
Condensation is one of the leading causes of damp, which means you should ensure your home remains well-ventilated. You should also air it every day by opening doors and windows to let the fresh air circulate around your home. If you still find you’re having issues with ventilation, you could hire a local builder or tradesman to add additional vents or extractor fans to your home, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens which are both prone to condensation build-up.
Check your points of ventilation to make sure they’re not blocked
If you already have ventilation around your home but still find you’re having issues, it’s a good idea to check that they haven’t become blocked with dirt. You should also ensure external ventilation has adequate space outside to allow flow. Remember, ventilation can often get blocked by a build-up of dust, so be sure to check them regularly for issues.
Invest in a dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers actively remove moisture from the air which, in turn, will greatly reduce the chances of you developing problems with damp. A dehumidifying machine will also improve the quality of the air inside your home as well as help reduce condensation.
Check less obvious, hidden areas
Damp can often develop in areas you might not expect, so it’s important to check basements, attics, and crawl spaces between floors for problems. In particular, crawl space waterproofing can help eliminate damp problems but is often not a place people check. If in doubt, bring in an expert company who will advise you on the best course of action.
Take steps to reduce the amount of moisture in your home
Damp is obviously caused by excessive moisture in the air so actively taking steps to reduce the amount of condensation you produce will go a long way to preventing problems developing in the first place. In particular, try the following:
- Improving the circulation of air around your home
- Cooking with saucepan lids on
- Taking your clothes outside to dry
- Ensuring you wipe down bathroom and kitchen tiles after use
- Boiling the kettle only when needed
Damp problems are remarkably common in many homes but taking some basic measures can greatly reduce the chances of complications developing. However, if you find that none of the above precautions work, you should hire a professional contractor to isolate where the problem lies and advise of remedies.