Why damp in your home is a problem

September 18, 2018

Why is damp in your home a problem? – Discussed by Brunel Preservation.

Damp is a notorious problem that we face in the UK. Due to the amount of rainfall we get in, we have a tendency to develop damp in our homes. Cracked roof tiles allow rainwater to seep into the home inducing moisture in a home. Heavy rainfall can seep into areas of the home which create spots of stagnant water. This water either sits or seeps into the home, causing excess moisture inside of the home. Excess moisture is the cause of damp, whether it be from rainfall or from leaky plumbing. – For more information about our damp proofing service, please visit our page on Damp Proofing Bath


Damp is a bigger problem than most of us realise it is. It isn’t just a problem visually since it affects the structural integrity of your home. From timber to masonry, damp can inhibit conditions that will threaten the structure of any building. Brickwork may seem sturdy but damp & excess moisture will gradually weaken mortar.

Damp has been the literal downfall of thousands of buildings. It’s an unassuming problem that doesn’t get the attention it deserves but can be the death of a building. Timber is also a threat when it comes to damp since damp will allow for the growth of rots like wood rot & dry rot. These rots latch grow & eat away structural timber. This weakens the timber to the point it crumbles & loses structural integrity. Repairing rot damage is costly, but it isn’t as expensive as rebuilding an entire roof.

Can I stop damp?

Finding damp in its early stages is the best way of preventing it from damaging your home. It’s hard to detect any structural faults when there isn’t a problem, so it’s common that first sightings of damp reveals structural faults. Dripping water is the first red flag as it shows there could be a leaking pipe allowing water into the home. Leaking roof tiles will be harder to spot/detect but if you have access to your attic, you will be able to spot any large leaks.

Early signs of damp can range from peeling wallpaper to patches of discolouration on a wall. Patches of mould is also a key sign of mould since it shows mould is capable of growing. You may also spot patches of mould on curtains & other fabrics around the home.

Can damp affect my health?

Damp doesn’t just have a negative effect on your home, it can also harm your health too. The health conditions caused by damp may surprise you since it’s a big list. Damp inhibits mould and it’s the mould spores that come from mould that creates the problem. The spores are small enough that they are inhaled into the lungs which cause a range of health problems.

Damp isn’t going to damage your health directly since it’s the conditions it inhibits that will do the damage. Mould is the furry growth of fungi that often occurs in damp conditions, making it ideal for growing in warm homes that have a high moisture level. The moisture & humidity of homes that have damp is higher than a home that will not be unaffected by mould since the spores are able to travel, reproduce & grow in a moisture-rich environment.

The most common type of mould is the Aspergillus strain, found in small traces in most homes in the UK. This type of mould (if inhaled) causes sneezing, coughing & irritation of the lungs. It’s also been known to cause fatigue. The Aspergillus strain is able to develop into black mould which is a big problem. Black mould has been known to cause nausea, vomiting & even bleeding from the lungs & nose after long exposure. These don’t sound like complications that could be caused by mould, which is why it’s such an issue. Mould is so unassuming that we think we can just leave it, not realising the gradual damage that’s happening.

How do I stop damp?

Damp proofing is the best way of stopping damp since it figures out the fault at hand, and works to rectify it. Whether you need a new damp proof course or just need to understand how to manage the damp in your home, a professional provider like Brunel Preservations can help. Brunel has worked in Bath offering expert services for decades, showing homeowners in Bristol & Bath that they’re able to help them.

Finding a reliable damp proofing provider is difficult when you don’t know who you can rely on. Reviews are a good place to look at since it gives you insight on how a company has performed. Case studies are also great to look at as you may find a job that’s like yours. It’s reassuring to know that a company has worked on the same/similar jobs to yours. Bath is full of different damp proofing providers but it’s difficult to separate the cowboy providers from those that actually offer a reliable service. Taking a look at regulatory boards like the PCA is a great idea to make sure that your chosen company is part of a society that only credible companies can join. The Property Care Association is an association with rigorous regulations & requirements which doesn’t let anyone & everyone in.

Visit our page on Damp Proofing Bath or Damp Proofing Bristol more information if you’re looking for a professional damp proofing company.