No matter how carefully you look after your home there is a good chance that at some point your home will be affected by damp, condensation or mould. There are a number of different types of damp that can occur in your home, and each of them can present in a slightly different way. Identifying that your home is suffering from a damp issue is a positive step in the right direction, identifying the reasons for the damp and then sorting it out can be a much harder problem to solve.
Of course, sometimes the cause of a damp issue if obvious, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here is a breakdown of 5 of the most common reasons that your home might be suffering from damp.
Gutters and Water Pipes
Guttering and water pipes can very easily get blocked, especially in the autumn as the leaves start to fall off the trees. A build-up of leaves can create a blockage which might not be too bad until you have a spell of heavy rain which can’t drain down the pipes to your drains fast enough. This can cause your guttering to overflow and cause a heavy flow of water down the external walls of your property, this, in turn, might lead to damage on the surface of your walls and create a damp issue.
Condensation is one of the biggest problems in your home that can create damp. The issue is caused by moisture or water vapour in the air inside a building when it comes into contact with a colder surface; we see it often on a winter’s morning on the insides of bedroom windows. This water can easily penetrate into wallpaper, plaster of paintwork close to your window frames and mould spores will begin to grow. It can also be found behind large items of furniture where it can be difficult for the air to circulate and move the moisture. Ventilation, or a lack of it, is one of the main reasons that this type of damp issue can occur.
Leaking taps is one thing, you can see the drips so the problem is easily fixable, but if the leak is in the pipework that connects your taps to the water supply then it is probably hidden. You wouldn’t notice a little leak until it had been an issue for quite a while and the first sign would probably be a growing damp patch in your ceiling, wall or floor.
High Levels Near Damp Proof Coursing
Damp proof course (DPC) is a very important part of your building, as a guide, it is put into place when a house is built and should be around 15cm above the level of the external floor; flower beds, patios etc. If you replace a patio or put in new flower beds it is important to make sure that they do not come higher than this original level which is there to help keep your home from getting damp.
General Wear and Tear
Cracked or damaged window sills, poor sealant around doors and windows and even defective mortar courses in your external walls; all of these general wear and tear issues around your house could end up causing you damp issues in your home.
If you believe that you have an issue with damp in your home, maybe you have damp but cannot locate the source of the problem then it might be a good idea to get the experts in to help. A good company who specialise in damp related issues and how to solve the issues it causes is a good place to start. They will be able to help you identify the cause of your problems and should be able to provide you with a solution.