Damp is a common problem in many homes, an issue which you should continually be on the lookout for in order to reduce the impact of any potential damp problems. Since rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation all present themselves in different ways, it makes sense that varying methods need to be taken in order to protect your home from suffering from the complications of damp.
If you suspect that your home may already be subject to an issue with damp, we strongly recommend that you get a damp proofing quote in order to assess the extent of the problem and identify the best way to treat it.
However, if things haven’t quite got to that stage yet, it makes sense that you will want to keep it that way!
So to that end, what are some of the best ways to avoid damp in your home?
Although some houses and buildings are naturally more susceptible to damp than others, largely due to their age and the method in which they were constructed, reducing the levels of moisture that your household produces can help to limit the risk of damp.
In the kitchen, you can reduce the amount of moisture you are producing by covering saucepans where possible during cooking. It is also best not to leave washing to dry indoors. If the weather isn’t good enough to dry clothes outside, the best way to reduce moisture levels is to leave all your washing to dry in one well-ventilated room, with the door closed, windows open and fans on.
Insulating the loft or attic and making use of cavity wall installation can also help to reduce the effects of damp. Similarly, draught proofing your home as much as possible can bring a range of benefits. Not only will your home be warmer and far less susceptible to condensation, but your winter heating bill should also be lower!
When you are insulating your home, make sure to leave any ventilation spaces clear to allow moisture to escape the building as needed. You should also be careful not to fully block chimney shafts and for safety reasons, you should never draughtproof a room containing a gas fire or cooker. Don’t forget to draught-proof the loft hatch!
Do you suspect that your home is suffering from damp? Contact us or give us a call today on 0208 535 7536 to book your free survey or obtain a damp proofing quote.