Damp is one of the last things we want to face at home. It doesn’t matter if we’re a homeowner or a renter, it’s not a good thing. It can make a room feel cold, unwelcoming and unhealthy, and at worst it can mean structural or weatherproofing issues.
Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building, either the result of intrusion from outside or condensation from within the structure. A high proportion of damp problems in buildings are caused by ambient climate dependent factors of condensation and rain penetration. Capillary penetration of water from the ground up through concrete or masonry is known as Rising Damp.
From condensation to penetrating damp and the dreaded rising damp, different types of damp present different problems, below is how you can identify defects that will cause damp in your house and fix them on time before they cause structural and health issues.
- Flashings at junctions to roofs and chimneys.
- Uncapped pots to open chimneys.
- Badly eroded mortar joints to brick or stonework in walls.
- Leaking gutters, downpipes and overflow pipes.
- Leaks around windows and door flames.
- Windowsills that don’t project out from the wall sufficiently, or have eroded drip grooves underneath.
- Garden shrubs or mounds of earth banked up against walls.
- A lack of ventilation indoors allowing a build-up of condensation from steamy kitchens and bathroom.
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