Damp and condensation are very common issues in properties. It often leads to mould growth, which is why it’s very important to prevent it. It’s a bigger issue in the winter months where cold, damp weather provides the perfect breeding ground for damp and condensation to linger and embed themselves in your property.
Not only are they a real headache when it comes to maintaining your property, they can cause respiratory problems too, especially for people with pre-existing conditions. To prevent mould, it’s best to deal with damp and condensation as soon as you see it. If you spot a musty smell, wall marks, peeling wallpaper or excessive condensation on the windows, investigate it immediately. It’s also a good idea to take preventative measures to reduce risks in the future.
Poor heating and ventilation
Dampness and condensation often build up in areas where there is restricted ventilation, for example between big pieces of furniture and the wall, in cupboards and in storage areas. If there is no ventilation, the air becomes humid, and when it is humid within the house and cold outside, water vapour forms on cold surfaces like windows.
When this forms and the house is not properly ventilated or heated, the condensation will stay there, creating damp and then mould. To minimse the risk of this chain of events, make sure your ventilation and heating is efficient. Have an expert take a look. They may recommend installing an eaves tray to increase ventilation or some heating devices that will reduce damp.
High levels of moisture being produced in the house
Many domestic activities generate moisture. Steam can often result in damp patches on the wall and around the house if it’s not kept in check.
When it comes to cooking, ensure that all pots and pans are covered whilst on the hob and install an effective extractor fan. Showering also produces lots of steam. Keep the door closed the open the window whilst showering or install an extractor fan if your bathroom doesn’t have a window. Drying clothes in the house creates a surprisingly large amount of moisture too. Hang them outside if possible, tumble dry if you have a dryer or set a dehumidifier going whilst they’re hung up inside.
Rising and penetrating damp
Rising damp is another issue that many buildings face. This is when dampness from the ground makes its way into the fabric of the building, resulting in some very serious problems. Hire an expert to look around. As for penetrating damp, this is often a result of water running down the sides of your home, so check your gutters for any sign of damage. They may be blocked and need a professional clean.