Damp proofing your home is vital, as damp can be a serious health risk.
Contrary to popular belief, damp might not always be obvious to spot in your home. In a lot of instances, it can actually take a number of years before any damp-related problems become physically visible around your home. Damp can appear rapidly, for instance after flash flooding, or alternatively, it can be very slow to emerge. If your home has damp, unfortunately this isn’t a problem that will simply go away.
It is important to be able to spot the signs of damp in your home, so that you’re able to contact a specialist in plenty of time to fix the issue.
No two cases of damp are the same, so the correct diagnosis by a specialist surveyor is vital to prevent unnecessary expense on a solution that, ultimately, may not solve the underlying cause of the dampness. Keith Rennie can identify damp problems that may be affecting either the interior or the exterior of your property, diagnosing the extent of the affected area, the kind of damp issue affecting your home and offer the most suitable solution to resolve it.
Damp isn’t just a case of a wet patch on the wall. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Not only can it cause dangerous structural problems within your home, but it can also be extremely hazardous to your health if not correctly treated. There are three common forms of damp you can find in your home, which are condensation, penetrating damp and rising damp, and there are a variety of ways to spot it in your home and more importantly, treat it and prevent any further occurrences.
Signs of damp to spot in your home:
- Damp and musty smell
- Mould or mildew forming on walls
- Staining of wall coverings, peeling wallpaper and blistering paint
- Dark patches and damp walls
- Discoloured and fragmenting plaster
- Decay of timber
- Rising damp visible on skirting boards eg. rusting nails
- Rusting on angle beads within damp plaster work
- Salt stains on outside walls
- Crumbling mortar on the exterior of the property
Signs of rising damp to spot in your home:
- Skirting boards or plaster within your property may be damaged or rotting
- Wet patches may become visible which can often lead to paint or wallpaper peeling off or blistering
- You may notice floor coverings lifting or damp patches on the floor
- A white, powder-like substance can be left when soluble salts dissolve from the ground
- A tide line of yellow-ish or brown-ish staining on the lower area of your wall above your skirting boards
How do you fix damp?
As a home owner, you shouldn’t attempt to fix damp problems yourself. It is vital to assess the cause of the damp, and preventing any further issues, so it is best practice to seek a professional to ensure the damp proofing treatment is effective, preventative and long-lasting. Don’t let damp cause you unnecessary distress – the quicker you can spot the issue, the faster it can be dealt with.