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What Causes Damp In Houses?

One very common problem that homeowners are likely to experience is damp, with buildings of any age affected by this… so it’s important to know what causes it, what to look out for and what to do if you spot any signs of a burgeoning issue.

It’s vital not to ignore the signs and get any damp spots sorted out sooner rather than later, because they can quickly get worse and become harder to fix. It’s also worth noting that you can put your health at risk if you don’t resolve the situation, with prolonged damp exposure affecting lung function and exacerbating conditions like asthma and allergies.

Ensuring that your home is properly ventilated is a must to help prevent damp, since it’s caused by too much moisture building up in the air, moisture that has no way of escape. 

This could be down to drying your clothes inside or not using an extractor fan when cooking or showering, but it can also be caused by damage to your damp proofing, damaged pipes, leaks in the roof or windows and so on.

Penetrating damp occurs when water enters your property through the floors, walls and ceilings, usually down to something like air gaps, leaking walls, porous bricks and burst pipes. Look out for cracks in the plaster, watermarks on the walls or decaying timber, as these are all signs of this kind of damp.

Condensation damp, meanwhile, manifests because of an excess of moisture in the air. Look out for discoloured window panes, water on the walls and windows, and black mould growth.

It’s also worth knowing about rising damp, which happens at ground floor level when moisture from the ground outside is drawn up into the wall. Signs to look out for here include plaster damage, tide marks and rotting skirting boards.

If you’re worried you have a problem and want to identify the root cause so you can determine the best course of treatment, get in touch with the Buku Solutions team today.