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What Causes Damp To Form In A House?

For many people who have an older building, as well as people who live in quite wet and humid areas, damp can be a common frustration that requires a specialist to properly manage.

Not only does it look somewhat unsightly, but damp can also cause structural issues, make them more expensive to manage and potentially be harmful to the health of any inhabitants.

There are a range of potential causes, based on scenarios and situations that cause excessive amounts of moisture to build up that cannot find any way to escape the building.

This trapped moisture is what causes damp, and buildings were historically designed to be somewhat permeable to get around this issue, although it can affect any building if there is a sudden influx of moisture that struggles to escape quickly enough.

There are several telltale signs besides literally damp walls, peeling paint, water stains and a buildup of mould.

These include a distinct musty smell, that is particularly strong in an affected area but can spread throughout the house.

Visible condensation on windows or other surfaces is not always a sign of damp, but it does suggest a buildup of humidity that can cause or exacerbate damp issues that are already emerging.

However, not every cause is clear and obvious, and this means that early signs of damp can be missed and require more extensive and specialist removal solutions.

Damp is a fertile ground for mould spores to grow, and whilst these are usually visible, sometimes they are noticed by increased allergies or respiratory problems. This is particularly noticeable for people who suffer from asthma.

As well as this, if electrical appliances in the house are sparking, malfunctioning or tripping out the circuit box, it could be a sign that moisture has infiltrated the wiring of the house, which could be potentially extremely dangerous.