Damp Types

Damp in homes is a common occurrence. Making the room feel cold, and causing unsightly patches, moisture in the home is a real nuisance. For home owners,water damage can seriously affect the value of the property. So if you notice moisture in your home, what can you do about it? Here at Gilston Building Services, we are experts in all aspects of building services, including damp proofing. These are our tips to help you recognise damp types, and deal with this common problem.

Types of damp

Firstly, the type of damp you have needs to be identified. There are different ways to treat damp types. Due to this, an accurate identification is necessary before any treatment begins. The three types include:

  • Condensation
  • Penetrating
  • Rising


An excess of condensation causes water damage. This can occur when there is not enough ventilation. As a result of condensation, pools of water can collect, leaving damp patches. One of the tell tale signs of this happening in your kitchen or bathroom is mould, usually caused by a lack of ventilation.


This is caused by exterior property problems, including leaks and roof issues. A leak from a boiler pipe may leave water marks and stains, while a faulty roof causes rain damage. Notably, if penetrating damp is the issue, this can be solved easily.


A common issue, rising damp occurs when moisture rises up from the ground through porous material, such as bricks.

How to prevent damp

This can be prevented from reoccurring by:

  • regularly checking the roof and gutters
  • using extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom to increase ventilation
  • implementing a damp proof course

How to treat damp

Damp is an issue that requires professional attention. Here at Gilston Building Services we are available for expert advice and support. Our trained and qualified professionals are on hand to identify and treat any damp issues, quickly and efficiently.

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