Winter has arrived, bringing with it the major challenge of damp and condensation in the home faced by people across the UK. If left untreated, damp can spread throughout a property and cause serious health issues, particularly for asthma and allergy sufferers. Damp problems in the home are particularly prevalent during winter months due to the increased difference in temperature between the cold outdoors and the inside of the home. This leads to moisture seeping through windows and walls, creating damp problems which can lead to issues such as dry rot, wet rot, and mould affecting the home.
Damp problems can cause the deterioration of structural timber, which can be a serious problem for buildings. However, with the assistance of a damp proofing specialist such as Peter Cox you can easily ensure your home’s protection from any damp issues during winter. Their experienced damp specialists will be able to analyse your situation and provide effective damp proofing treatments tailored to your property.
So, how can you protect your home against damp problems this winter?
Ventilate to Remove Moisture: An effective method of prevent damp and condensation is by ventilating your rooms to keep air flowing. All you need to do is open the windows slightly to facilitate the escape of warm air to the outside and let in cool air.
Extractor Fans: Always use extractor fans for particularly humid areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. This helps to prevent moisture building up in the attic by evacuating air outside quickly. Doing this will prevent the moist air reaching other rooms – particularly bedrooms, which are often colder and more likely to be affected by condensation.
Heating: Use low levels of heat all day long rather than short bursts of high heat when you are in the house. Avoid using kerosene heaters as they release up to one litre of water per hour.
Insulation and draught-proofing: By blocking off draughts and insulating your loft, winter condensation and dampness can be prevented to a considerable extent. While draught-proofing, ensure that you do not block any permanent vents or rooms where there is condensation or mould.
Damp Proofing: Using a damp proofing specialist such as Peter Cox is the most effective method of preventing rising damp and penetrating damp in the home. They introduce their DryWall silane diffusion mixture into the wall, which reacts with the masonry to form a water-repellent resin which can prevent damp problems. Their affable, affordable service comes with a twenty-year guarantee.
By taking a few simple steps to prevent damp in the home during winter, you will be able to prevent any long term serious damage like mould, dry rot, and wet rot in the home whilst keeping it a happy, healthy place to live.