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Damp solutions - DIY tips

Do you need some DIY hints and tips for preventing damp problems in your property? Peter Cox have prepared four simple steps you can follow to stop damp becoming a problem in your property.

Read on the get expert advice from the damp proofing professionals…

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Peter Cox top tips to prevent damp

  • Tip 1 - Inspection and Maintenance - A “property inspection” does not automatically mean getting a professional surveyor to visit you. There are many checks you can do yourself. That said, we would recommend getting a professional property health check every 3 years or so.

    Property inspections that anyone can do include:

    • Looking at your roof for loose or broken tiles.
    • Checking for foliage or moss in your gutters.
    • Cracks on the stonework.
    • Checking for damaged pointing or mortar between the bricks.
    • Checking the chimney for any damage to lead flashings, valleys and parapet walls.
    All of the above can lead to water ingress and damp problems. If you notice them and can fix them – great. If you cannot, there is always a professional who can.

  • Tip 2 - Acting Fast - I you do spot a damp in your property you should act fast! The longer a damp problem is allowed to persist the more damage it has the potential to cause and ultimately, the more costly the issue becomes. Put simply, nipping a damp problem in the bud as soon as possible will save you money.

  • H3: Tip 3 - Stop Moisture Build-Up - Condensation is the number one cause of damp problems in UK properties, and bizarrely this is due to an increase in living standards. As our properties have become warmer, with double-glazing and improved heating, they have sadly become less well ventilated. This means that when we boil a kettle, run a bath or even breather the moisture we pump into the air simply has less chance to escape.

    Thankfully, it can often be very simple to reduce the impact of condensation, and avoid ugly black mould patches on your walls. Modest routine changes such as opening windows when showering and cooking or turning on the extractor fan more often can make a world of difference.

    Occasionally, professional help will be needed if extra ventilation needs to be installed into your home. However, professionals like the condensation experts at Peter Cox are always here to help.

  • Tip 4 - Investigate the Bathroom - When you think about it, it seems obvious; the room in the house with the most potential to cause damp problems is the one that gets the wettest. So many damp and rot problems we survey and treat stem from bad seals and leaks from the bathroom. By taking care of your bath or shower, you can avoid spending hundreds, possibly thousands, of pounds fixing devastating damp timber problems like dry rot or wet rot.

Learn more about damp proofing

Peter Cox have been treating damp problems professionally since 1951 and in that time we have build up a wealth of experience when it comes to damp and damp proofing. We have shared that knowledge throughout our site and you can learn more by clicking the links below…

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