Don’t let it be a damp December

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December is the time of year where many of us have the heating on at some point throughout the day. The constant change in temperature indoors can lead to condensation and damp issues.

How do you spot the signs of damp and how can you prevent the build-up of it?

Damp is caused by excess moisture in the air and the first thing to do is to try and find the cause of it.

There are a few big warning signs that your home could be suffering from damp. The main ones being:

  • Discolouration of interior walls
  • Mould
  • Blistering plaster
  • Water droplets
  • A wet surface

There are ways to either prevent damp or reduce the amount of it within your home.

  1. Buy a dehumidifier – if you have noticed any water stains on your walls or ceilings and there’s condensation on your windows then buying a dehumidifier might be a quick and cost-effective way of stopping it. The dehumidifier draws moisture out of the air before it settles and turns into damp.
  2. Ventilate your home – condensation is the most common type of damp and probably the easiest to fix. Improving your home’s ventilation can help clear condensation and stop it returning. Try opening a window while cooking or after you’ve taken a shower.
  3. Check your gutters – if you have damp walls with plastering plaster then this is more than likely from penetrating damp. Penetrating damp is caused by water leaking through walls. Check your gutters for damage and the roof for missing tiles.
  4. Damp-proof paint – Old bricks can become porous which means they absorb water and allow it into your home. Try painting the bricks with an exterior silicone water-repellent fluid that will seal the walls again.
  5. Invest in a damp-proof course – this procedure stops water from soaking into ground-level walls. If you are unsure whether your home already has this, ask an expert for advice and the best way forward.   
     

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