If you are experiencing the signs of damp in your home you are well aware of how awful it can look. However you should also be concerned with the potential for the damp to cause mould which can wreak havoc on the immune and respiratory systems.
When left untreated the damp will almost always lead to more problems eventually even causing damage to the structure of the property itself.
Many things can be done to resolve damp. The underlying causes can be addressed quickly and any potential for structural damage prevented with prompt diagnosis and treatment.
It is therefore vital that you call a damp proofing specialist as soon as you notice any of the symptoms of damp in your home.
Causes of Damp
The main risks arise from:
Air moisture condensation
Energy saving measures like double glazing in older buildings can reduce ventilation and increase humidity. Condensation can also occur from large quantities of water vapour from cooking bathing and washing. Condensation will happen on any surfaces below the dew point
Exposed parts of a building, like roofs and chimneys are especially susceptible to rain penetration, more so when access for maintenance is difficult. Hairline cracks in pointing and render invariably admit moisture where cement mortar has been used for repair, rather than lime.
From for example the breakdown of pipes and pipe joints, overflowing showers and or baths and leaks from dishwashers and washing machines.
Below ground damp.
Floors become damp where the evaporation of moisture from below is inhibited by vinyl sheet, rubber-backed carpets or other impervious coverings.