There are several different types of damp, but all can have a negative impact on your home, your immediate living environment and your health. If you suspect that your property may have a problem that is damp related, then it could be time to call in the experts for a thorough assessment of the building.
Whether it is condensation, penetrating damp or rising damp, London properties are among the worst hit in the country when it comes to damp problems. This is due to having so many buildings in the built-up capital city, with factors such as age, issues with construction and levels of fresh air to take into consideration.
However, although there are some tell-tale signs of damp, there are others which are a lot less obvious. If you suspect that your home may be suffering from a damp problem, it is important to get this checked out. Our professional team of qualified experts can review the affected area and the rest of the building to make sure that the problem isn’t more widespread.
Some of the most common signs of include:
A stale odour or musty smell
Visible mould or mildew on the walls
Excessive levels of condensation on windows
Stained, peeling or lifting wallpaper
An overall feeling of coolness in the building
Blistering or discoloured paint on the walls
A build-up of mould or fungal growths
Dark patches on the walls
Floor tiles becoming damp
Fragmented or discoloured plaster; obvious changes to plasterwork
Obvious signs of rotting or decay to wood
Issues with insulation in the loft or roof space
Rust developing in nails, screws or angle beads
Visible stains, algae or efflorescence on exterior walls
Crumbling mortar or brickwork on the property’s exterior
Walls, floors or ceilings which feel exceptionally cold or damp to the touch
Of course, some of these issues are much easier to spot than others. This can lead to certain problems going undetected for fairly lengthy periods of time.
If damp is left untreated, it can lead to a range of knock-on effects, with consequences ranging in severity according to the type of damp and scale of the problem. In any situation, it is always best to begin treating damp as soon as possible in order to minimise the risks and combat the problem before any potential side effects have the chance to develop further.
All kinds of damp are troublesome for homeowners and renters alike, whether caused by condensation, penetrating damp, and rising damp or otherwise.
For a free, no obligation survey or damp proofing quote for common types of damp like penetrating or rising damp in London and the Home Counties, please get in touch with us today.