How Do I Get Rid Of Damp?

October 5, 2017

Get rid of damp in your home – Brunel Preservations

Have you started to notice patches of damp on your walls and ceiling? Or even spots of mould appearing on your carpet? Are you asking yourself how do I get rid of damp?

How Do I Get Rid Of Damp

If you’ve spotted any of the problems mentioned above then you have to get your home looked at by a professional to get rid of your damp. Damp is a problem that gets worse at an exponential rate, so it’s something you definitely don’t want to leave, as it won’t fix itself. The damp will eventually lead to mould & rot which will result in worse problems like wood rot, which can ruin structural timber. Repairs for wood rot will be in the thousands, as parts of your home will have to be rebuilt, so it’s better to catch damp before it spirals out of control. If damp is left, the subsequent mould & rot can also damage your health, as there will be an abundant amount of airborne spores coming from the mould. This plays havoc with people’s lungs especially if you have asthma or any other breathing condition. Get rid of damp in your home by reading our article.

How do I spot damp in my home?

Damp can be hard to notice if you have darker colour on your walls, as well as the mould if the mould is growing somewhere that is covered by something like furniture. Spotting damp or mould early could be your saving grace as catching damp early is key to finding a quick solution. Below are a few tips for you to follow to spot damp or mould in your home.

Walls

  • Skimming your hand against the wall will let you know if there is any moisture within the wall. If it feels cold or damp then you may have penetrating damp in your home. There may also be signs of fungal growth which is a step above from damp as is now mould growing in your home because of the damp. Mould needs moisture to grow so discovering damp early can stop mould before it gets a chance to start cultivating.
  • Flaking or curling wallpaper that is coming loose from the wall can also be a clear sign of damp or mould since the excess moisture will start peeling the adhesive from the wallpaper.

Ceilings

  • The colour of the ceiling is a telltale sign of mould or damp. Discolouring of the paint is an obvious sign as you will see darker tones if there is excess moisture in the ceiling. If you have a chimney in your home then brown patches on the corners of the chimney breasts can also indicate damp.

A lot of people when the find damp in their home, think that airing out the room or turning up the heating will get rid of the problem. This is a huge misconception and a massive problem if you’ve already got damp in your home. This is going to lead to further growth as warmth will inhibit the damp which will then feed the mould which will worsen any problems in your home.

How do I get rid of damp problems?

Damp problems can root from a lot of things, usually from something like a leaky pipe behind a wall, which is causing excess moisture. Once the pipe is fixed and the excess water is removed then the damp issue should be fixed. If not, then damp needs to be removed by proofing your home. Over 80% of homes will suffer some form of damp in which a lot of cases are caused by rising damp.

Rising Damp

A lot of times, damp are coming from the foundation of the home as excess water is permeating through the foundation material. In order to stop this rising damp, you need to use something like a damp proof course. DPC’s are non-porous materials that are laid at the bottom of your home so that moisture cannot rise throughout the house, inhibiting damp, which would then lead to mould. Rising damp removal is hard to secure when enquiring with unspecialised providers.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is usually caused by external defects in the structure of the home. It could be something as simple as a leaking gutter, which is causing unnecessary exposure to water, or something like damage in the brickwork, which will start to let water in. Roofs are also a big reason for penetrating damp since roof tiles can be dislodged or broken over time, letting in water when it rains. A professional company like Brunel will provide structural repairs as well as roofing so that you can fix any damp issues as well as a structural issue that was causing the damp.

Condensation DampGet rid of damp in your home

Condensation damp is a big problem and is the most common type of damp in the homes we survey. More people are spending more and more time in their homes, which means they are causing a lot of condensation by showering, boiling kettles, washing dishes & drying clothes. It’s this indoor activity which usually creates condensation damp. Ways to stop condensation damp are usually ways of introducing ventilation in the property, from additional air vents to opening windows to let the excess moisture out. Condensation damp in your home is one of the most unassuming forms of damp as most people think they can solve it by just opening a window. This will help but the problems usually arise from structural design, which will require additional support from a company like Brunel Preservations.

Brunel’s local surveyors are trained comprehensively on the types of damp as well as the causes so that they can quickly find the problem when they survey your home. If it’s a case of rising or penetrating damp, they will come up with an informed plan of action in order to stop the damp in your home. Brunel is also a member of the Property Care Association, formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association. It guards and maintains professional damp proofing services.

If your home is suffering from damp then you need to consult a professional, as the problem will just get worse and worse. Most often or not, damp is literally a deep-rooted problem within the structural aspects of your home. In new builds, most condensation damp issues are from the moisture that has been trapped in during the build of the property. Most homes will not have a damp proof course which means rising damp is also a worrying prospect.

How can damp and mould affect my health?

  1. The prospect of health complications caused by damp is the main reason why it is so important to consult a professional when it comes to finding out what is causing the damp in your home. Guesswork isn’t accepted when it comes to the health of the home and the people living in it. Damp nurtures mould, which can damage your health in very harmful ways. To flaring up skin conditions like eczema to dermatitis to causing further complications with asthma, mould & the airborne spore’s that spawn from it are a problem if left to linger in your home.
  2. People living in damp or mouldy homes are subject to an increased risk of health problems caused by damp, from lung infections to rhinitis, asthma and induced dermatitis. It’s clinically proven that people living in well insulated & damp proofed homes have less chance of being admitted to hospital with any of the conditions above should it require medical attention.
  3. In Europe, an average of 50% of all indoor environments where humans live, work & play have some form of the damp condition. Humid walls can also burn your money since it causes temperature drops which means people hike up their heating which increases their energy bills. Turning up the heating will also create better conditions for the mould to grow so this is a huge mistake which is unavoidable as no one wants to be living in a cold home during the winter months we face in the UK.
  4. The professional surveyors at Brunel Preservation Specialists help find out what is causing the damp in your home as well as providing you with a solution to get rid of damp. This can be provided by the expert team. Aspects like humidity levels will be analysed to find the cause of the problem and then a plan of action will be devised to tackle the problem at its source.

The team at Brunel are also a great solution for overall structural repairs that might be required to rid your home of damp since a lot of structural aspects of timber & roofing can be affected by damp. Brunel has specialists that can replace roof tiles as well as carrying out wall tie work to help fortify old weakened timber & cracked walls. Brunel are members of the Wall Tie Installers Federation, which ensures that all its members work to a strict code of practice and provide a 30-year guarantee on work and materials.

It’s strongly advised to act quickly if you’ve found damp or mould in your home. These conditions spiral out of control when left without attention. Don’t let damp ruin your home & call Brunel today.