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Damp problems

No property is safe from damp problems, and damp proofing is a task most property owners will have undertake at some point. However, damp problems are more varied than many people think, so understanding the specific type of damp your property is suffering from is important if you want to know how to treat it.

On this page you will find out how to identify different signs of damp and even get some DIY hints and tips for minor issues.

Of course, if you have a major or persistent damp problem that is affecting your property we would always recommend contacting a professional surveyor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Peter Cox have been remedying damp problems since 1951 and are ready to take you call today on 0800 633 5712 Alternatively, you can contact our team using the form below to book a survey.

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How to identify everyday damp problems

Three types of damp problem make up the vast majority of cases our surveyors investigate. These are:

Understanding the difference between these main types of damp problems can be challenging without the proper training, but if damp on your walls is coming up from the ground, then this would indicate rising damp. If moisture is coming in through the roof or higher up the walls then it is likely to be a penetrating damp issue. Finally, if you are noticing water droplets on windows and walls along with black mould growth, condensation is probably the cause.

Symptoms of damp problems

The most common indicators of damp problems affecting your property are as follows:

  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Water marks
  • Damaged plaster
  • Black mould
  • Damp patches

Any structural or plumbing problems that allow water/moisture into the property can lead to the symptoms of damp problems listed above. This includes include poor ventilation, plumbing leaks, broken appliances such as washing machine or dishwasher, a failed damp proof course and water ingress from blocked guttering and broken roof tiles.

How to treat damp problems - hints and tips

If your property has a damp problem the first thing to do is find out where the moisture is coming from. This might involve repairing some burst pipes, broken roof tiles or broken/blocked guttering. When the source of moisture has been remedied, any problems caused by damp will then need to be assessed then treated.

If you have identified a condensation problem it can often be remedied by improving ventilation in your property, this can be as simple as opening windows more regularly, cleaning air bricks and vents and making the best use of extractor fans.

For other damp problems such as rising damp or penetrating damp there is often underlying damage beyond the superficial symptoms, so it is always recommended to get a professional opinion. 

To find out more, why not visit our damp treatment web page.

Talk to Peter Cox about damp problems

If you have damp problems in your property and you need to speak with a damp proofing expert then call Peter Cox today on 0800 633 5712 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.

If you would prefer to contact the Peter Cox team online then fill out our online form and someone will get back to you.

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