Damp is every home owner’s worst nightmare. Damp can not only be extremely expensive to remove and repair but it can also be dangerously damaging to anyone who is considerably exposed to it. There are lots of different types of mould and damp therefore there are plenty of different ways to treat them. The more types of mould or damp present the more complicated the fix. It is extremely important that anyone you consult to repair the damage and remove the damp has a strong reference list. In this case it is better to to spend more a quality fix rather than use a cheaper contractor who might not fully rectify the issue.
How to prevent condensation
Condensation is the most common and the most easily fixed type of damp. The cost for fixing this type of damp is relatively cheap, quick, and easy. Simple solutions range from opening windows or using a fan to disperse moisture. The most common area for condensation to occur is in the kitchen or the bathroom. Open windows will reduce the relative humidity of the air reducing the moisture percentage and thus reducing the condensation rate on the wall papers and preventing dampness. Dehumidifiers can also be used to dry the air if opening a window or using a fan does not solve the issue.
Heating and Insulation Options
Lowering the temperature of your house by not having the heating on as high can also help reduce damp. Hotter temperatures can attribute to damp. It is better to have the temperature on a fixed level rather than fluctuating greatly as the varying temperatures can cause cold spots to on walls which cause condensation. Also fluctuating the temperature causes the water content of the air to be increased and then reduced through condensation often onto the walls. Insulation can also help prevent damp as it ensures the walls stay at a temperature that isn’t suited for condensation.
How to Remove Rising Damp
Rising damp isn’t as easy to remedy. A professional will probably be needed. The most common solution for rising damp is to drill holes into the wall and then inject a damp-proofing cream. There are other solutions to drilling into your wall. If the damp roof course that you have in your walls is perfectly good then you can remove the soil from the exterior side of the damp wall. It is important to lower the level so that it is below the level of the damp-proof course. If damp still continues to persist then do not ignore it as the longer damp is around the more damage that is caused and the more expensive it is to remedy.