How do I deal with damp and condensation?

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Damp can be a serious problem in your home and to your health.

If left untreated, the growth of moulds can affect the structure to your home and can be extremely dangerous to your health if left untreated.

If you notice it, deal with it.  Don’t just paint over it and hope it will go away, the problem will only get worse.

Its causes can be very simple:

  • Condensation from cooking.
  • Condensation from washing and hanging clothes in poorly ventilated rooms.
  • Poorly ventilated rooms.

More serious causes could be as a direct result from:

  • Poorly installed proof course.
  • Broken or damaged roof tiles.
  • Leaking windows.
  • Blocked gutters.
  • Leaky taps.

How to prevent damp:

  • Make sure your home has ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom where you dry your laundry or when bathing.
  • Install an extractor fan in the bathroom.
  • Open windows when drying clothes.
  • Place absortbent strips on windowsills.
  • Place silica containers that attract moisture.
  • Install a dehumidifier in the room affected.
  • When it appears, put on some gloves and wipe the area down with bleach keeping the windows open for at least two hours afterwards.  Please ensure you read the label on the product before using.

Check the roof, walls and drainage system in your home.  Also check windows and plumbing for any leaks.

Damp proof courses stop moisture rising up from the ground into your home. All new houses should have a damp proof course, but if your home is very old, it may not, or it may no longer work properly.

Talk to an expert if you are concerned this in your home – there are lots of ways of dealing with it, and the sooner you tackle the problem, the less it will cost.

Contact the Property Care Association.  They have specialists all over the country.