Do you need damp proofing?

If you’ve noticed a damp area in your home recently, you may be wondering about the correct course of action. Damp can have serious effects on your health should it be left untreated so if you’ve discovered damp in your home, it’s essential that you take steps to rectify your damp problem. Here are our expert tips to damp proofing your home:

The different types of damp

If you’ve found damp in your home, there are three likely causes: condensation damp, penetrating damp and rising damp.

The first is damp caused by excess condensation. If certain areas of your home have insufficient ventilation, damp patches can occur. If you’ve found damp in your kitchen or bathrooms such as mould, it’s quite common for condensation and insufficient ventilation to be the cause. If this is the case, this issue can be fixed quickly and cost effectively.

Penetrating damp is caused by a number of issues on the exterior of your home, such as a leak or a faulty roof. If your roof has a leak, your walls are at the mercy of torrents of water and this in turn damages your home’s interior.

Rising damp is a fairly common ailment and is caused by moisture rising up through porous materials such as bricks.

Ask the professionals

Should you have a damp problem in your home, the best thing to do is ask for advice from the professionals, such as us here at Gilston Building Services. If you are unsure which type of damp is affecting your property, a member of the team will come out and assess the damage and offer expert advice.

There are a number of ways you can prevent damp problems in the future. Do regular checks on the outside of your house to make sure that your roof is in tip-top shape and make sure that your gutters are not obstructed. This will help to protect you from penetrating damp. To keep condensation damp at bay, always use extractor fans in your kitchen and your bathroom and make sure these spaces receive the ventilation they require.

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