4 Tips For Preventing Damp
Damp is unsightly, damaging and bad for your health. Follow our four top tips for preventing a damp problem in your home before it starts. Stopping a damp problem from occurring in the first place is the best way to ensure that your home doesn’t become a victim of mould and moisture damage, and will also help you save money in the long run!
1. Don’t neglect important home maintenance tasks
Damp can be caused by something as simple as blocked guttering. It’s therefore important that you stay on top of maintenance tasks that could lead to a damp problem forming in the future. Such tasks include:
- Cleaning out and repairing any broken gutters and downpipes
- Checking your external walls for damage
- Making sure that you dry up the area around your sink after washing up
2. Prevent the build-up of moisture
Condensation is the leading cause of damp in UK homes and it’s easy to see why. Many homes are designed to keep heat (and unfortunately moisture) trapped inside, which is why it’s important that you ensure that the moisture has a means of escape:
- Open windows when cooking, bathing, showering and drying clothes indoors
- Invest in a dehumidifier for rooms without windows and poor ventilation, particularly underground
- Use an extractor fan when cooking and showering
If you have tried these solutions and are still struggling with high levels of moisture and condensation in your home, our damp experts can help you find the solution you’re searching for! Contact us to discuss your problem on 01202 737739.
3. Perform routine checks on your home
This doesn’t necessarily mean requesting a professional damp survey; there are many home checks you can perform yourself to help determine if your home may be at risk of damp. This can involve:
- Checking your bath, sink and shower seals for damage to prevent the build up of moisture in the floor underneath
- Checking the grouting and tiles in your bathroom and kitchen for cracks – is there anywhere moisture could penetrate?
- Looking for damage to the external brickwork and roof that could be letting rain water in
4. If you spot signs of damp – act fast!
Finally, if you do spot signs of damp, it’s imperative that you take action quickly to solve the problem before it has a chance to develop further. Ignoring the damp problem will only result in it worsening over time and therefore costing you more to repair.
Dealing with damp early is the best way to save yourself money in the long term! Our team of damp experts have years of experience fixing all types of damp problem for clients across Dorset and Hampshire. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you get rid of your problem with damp!