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How Can I Get Rid Of Damp?

Damp refers to the act of moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects such as mould appearing on walls causing damage to a property. Damp can take different form; rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation damp. Once you’ve diagnosed what type of damp you are dealing with you can then take the appropriate action to remove it.

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Damp forms due to the presence of excess moisture caused by factors such as condensation as a result of a build up of moisture through every day activities like cooking and bathing. Condensation damp can also be caused by rain water seeping into a property through damaged window frames or leaks in the roof. 

Rising damp is caused when moisture from the ground travels up through the walls by capillary action, if there is nowhere for this moisture to naturally dissipate it will travel up onto the walls causing mould and structural damage. 

Penetrating damp is caused by water entering a property through walls, floors and ceilings, causing external construction damage to guttering, rendering and wall joints.

Common causes of penetrating damp are; leaking walls, air gaps, burst gutters and pipes, porous bricks, cavity wall problems and/or poor cavity insulation. It could be the result of a problem with plumbing such as an incorrectly set up washing machine.

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If your home is suffering from rising damp your specialist advisor will probably already have surveyed the property and determined the extent of the damage.

Treatment for rising damp involves either a chemical or osmotic Damp Proofing Course (DPC) or a new damp membrane.

Injected via holes in the masonry, the DPC repels water whilst a damp membrane acts as a physical barrier to stop damp.

The area or areas inside the house affected by the rising damp probably will need to be re-plastered with a salt-retardant plaster and new skirting boards will probably need to be fitted.

It is essential that you deal with damp as quickly as possible to prevent mould from forming; mould spores can be a health hazard especially if you are asthmatic or suffer with allergies.

There is no one cure for mould due to the variety and level of severity the mould is and some require professional removal. For example if you have a problem with toxic mould, then you need to seek professional treatment in order to ensure that your home is a safe environment for you and your family. If you find a colony of toxic mould, it is very important that you do not disturb it. Touching or moving the mould can cause an enormous amount of harmful spores to be released in the air, to the detriment of you and the people you share your home with.

For other, more common strains of mould, there is a wide variety of mould treatments available that clean the mould, which are easy to use on your own.

A simple solution for removing non-toxic mould from your home is to clean it using a non-toxic, mould cleaning solution. When the mould has been eradicated, it is important to dry the surface thoroughly, in order to prevent the mould from returning.

What’s more, once you’ve successfully dealt with the damp any musty smell relating to it will also vanish.

Whatever type of damp your home is suffering with you don't want a damp house at all. Once you've resolved any existing damp issues you want to ensure that the damp doesn't reoccur. The best way to keep your home damp free is to keep the moisture levels in the air to a minimum through good ventilation. 

Remove Condensation Dampness

The most effective way to remove condensation damp is to correctly ventilate your property. If you think about it, each day we create an awful lot of moisture in our homes though the following:

  • Cooking
  • Bathing
  • Washing Clothes
  • Drying Clothes
  • Ironing
  • Breathing

For more handy tips on preventing condensation, check out our great article - 14 Ways To Help Reduce Condensation In Your Property. 

If we don’t expel all the excess moisture we create out of the home, it will be left lurking inside, usually ending up in the coldest places of the house such as windows, doors etc.   This will ultimately lead to damp and damage to your health and your property. The best way to get rid of damp is to prevent it starting in the first place and the best way to prevent it is to ensure your home is consistently well ventilated.

EnviroVent has a range of ventilation systems designed to prevent condensation and mould problems. By fitting a whole house ventilation system and correctly ventilating your home, condensation dampness will disappear and your damp areas will dry out, ready for redecoration.

The whole house ventilation system will effectively remove condensation dampness and leave you with a healthy indoor environment every day of the year. If you would like an expert from your local area to examine your damp issues and advice on a ventilation solution, you can arrange a free survey today by clicking here. 

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