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What Is Damp?

Damp refers to the presence of excess moisture in a room. Damp can be a serious problem as it can cause damage to a buildings infrastructure. It is a problem that can affect any home no matter how large or small, damp is miserable to live with and a threat to health if left untreated.

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Damp forms due to the presence of excess moisture caused by factors such as condensation through rain water seeping into a property or rising damp where moisture from the ground travels up through the walls by capillary action.

It’s not surprising that damp is a big issue for many households thanks to the nation’s climate with the wettest part of the UK, the Western Highlands in Scotland, getting over three metres of rainfall per year.

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Damp problems tend to be at their worse during the winter however if left unresolved damp can be an issue all year round. You can spot the signs of damp on walls and ceilings, your walls may feel cold and look wet whilst ceilings will look stained and discoloured.

If left untreated damp can have an affect on your health causing things like; runny nose, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.

Damp can also be a costly affair, not only could you potentially have to pay a professional to resolve the issue you may find you've wasted money either trying to fix it yourself with countless products or racked up high energy bills trying to keep the damp down.

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Damp can form quickly so it's important to be aware of any signs of damp. Such signs of damp could be; a musty smell, walls feeling damp or cold, discoloured patches on walls and excessive condensation around windows.    

There are three main types of damp:

  • Rising damp
  • Penetrating damp
  • Condensation damp
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Many cases of damp are not as serious as they look, however, damp can have a detrimental effect on our health especially if you suffer from respiratory problems or asthma.

If left untreated, damp could lead to mould growth and depending on the type of damp, even structural damage. Acting fast to the problem and taking action will save you time, money and safeguard your health.

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