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Damp problems

Given the amount of rainwater we are subjected to in the UK, it is no surprise that many of us will encounter damp problems in our property at some point. This excessive moisture in the air and ground contributes to damp problems related to rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation.

Continue reading to find out more about identifying different damp problems and how to resolve them. Alternatively, get in touch to arrange an appointment with one of our qualified damp experts on 0800 633 5712 or complete the enquiry form below.

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How to deal with damp

Damp is one of the most unpleasant problems a property owner can encounter. Damp problems can make a property feel miserable and ugly, and if they are left to fester they can lead to structural problems and potentially costly repairs.

Fortunately, there are many solutions for damp problems that range from simple lifestyle changes to DIY maintenance and professional help for the trickiest conditions. There are also early warning signs that can allow property owners to nip damp problems in the bud before they cause too much damage.

Check out the guide below for help and advice on identifying damp problems, fixing them yourself and knowing when to call in the professionals.

DIY damp solutions - help and advice

Damp issues that require skilled procedures, such as installing a damp-proof course or waterproof membrane, should only be undertaken by a professional. However,  there are a load of DIY hints and tips that can eliminate problems like mould and condensation without the need for calling the pros.

DIY tips for condensation

Condensation is simply the process of  warm, moist air settling on cold surfaces like windows or a cold wall. So one of the easiest ways to combat it is to maintain a constant temperature and relative humidity in your home.

Maintaining the temperature in your property can be done programming your central heating to run at a lower temperature for longer periods, thereby avoiding sudden peaks and drops in temperature that come from turning the heating on when its cold.

Achieving relative humidity is harder but far from impossible. This is simply the concept of keeping moisture levels your properties atmosphere as consistent as possible. The following lifestyle changes can really help with this:

  • Turn on any extractor fans when cooking or showering
  • Check that washing machines and dryers are properly vented
  • Open windows as often as possible
  • Avoid producing lots of moisture
  • laundry in tumble dryer
  • Avoid drying wet clothes on radiators or indoor rails
  • Covering pans with a lid whilst cooking
  • Leave a gap between furniture and external walls

On top of these tips, using a dehumidifier will help to remove excess moisture from the air, leaving your home feeling warmer and more comfortable. Anti-condensation paints are also available. These thermal paints keep external walls at a warmer temperature than normal and contain glass microbeads that prevent condensation forming.

DIY tips for removing black mould

One of the most common symptoms of a condensation problem is black mould. This mould tends to grow on paint and wallpaper where condensation has settled. Even after the source of you condensation problem has been fixed, the ugly stains left behind still need removed. Fortunately, black mould removal is a pretty simple task and if you follow the correct procedures,  you can get rid of the mould and stop it from returning.

The first thing to do is allow the mould to dry out and this will happen naturally by following the DIY condensation tips above. Then is simply a case of applying mould remover which is easily bought online or from leading DIY shops. If you follow the instructions on your selected mould cleaner correctly you should be able to wipe away the satins before leaving the treated space to dry. Once the surface is clean and dry you can apply paint to restore the surface to is former glory.

Mould removing treatment is also available for other places that attract mould from condensation such as grout and mastic seals. Following the instructions on the packaging, remove as much of the mould as possible. Sealant will often stain beyond the point of cleaning, in this case we would recommend removing the sealant and replacing it with a specifically formulated mould-resistant sealant.

DIY tips for preventing damp problems

At Peter Cox we are firm believers that regular property maintenance is the best way to avoid damp. Damp problems often occur due to long term water ingress from simple property maintenance issues such as:

  • Blocked and broken guttering
  • Damaged downpipes
  • Blocked airbricks
  • Broken ventilation fans
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaks from baths, showers and washing machines

All of the problems above can be spotted through regular checks and maintenance and in many cases can be fixed by a competent DIY enthusiast.  If you check your roof regularly for damage, keep gutters clear, inspect the pointing and brickwork you can avoid serious damp problems in the future.

When do I need professional help with damp problems

When damp has got to a point that is causing damage and you are unable to identify or fix the source of the problem then we would recommend getting in touch with a professional.
 
Everyone has their own level of experience and expertise when it comes to fixing their property and the professionals at Peter Cox are able to help with everything from condensation through to rising damp, penetrating damp and dry rot. If you have any doubts about damp problems in you property our team are here to help.

If you have damp problems in your property and you need to speak with a damp proofing expert then call Peter Cox today on 0808 256 6495 to request a damp survey. Our surveyors are highly experienced and CSRT qualified and our damp treatment process is rated and approved by Which?, TrustMark, The Property Care Association and other recognised trade bodies.

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