How to know when you have damp
At best damp problems mean an unsightly blemish on your walls or ceiling but at worst it can lead to structural problems with your property and health issues for you and your family. In this article we run through where in the home you’re likely to find damp and mould issues so can spot any problems before they get worse.
How to spot signs of damp in your home
You’ll probably be able to see or smell the first tell-tale signs that your property has damp so it’s always worth checking throughout your home from time to time. Make sure to check the following areas:
The walls – When you check the walls, hold your hand against the surface to see if it feels particularly cold or damp. Also look for visual signs of mould or fungal growth which will appear as small black spots or grey coloured growths. Flaking paint and curling wallpaper can also be a sign of a damp problem.
Ceilings – When carrying out your checks, don’t forget to look up! Look for the usual visual signs of damp and take note of the colour of the paint. If there are patches of brown or staining in the external corners and near chimney breasts, it can be a sign of damp.
Windows – One of the most common forms of damp is usually found on your windows – condensation. Condensation build up and small puddles of water on or near your windows is an indicator that your home has high levels of moisture which can be the cause, or a symptom, of damp. Black mould can also grow around your window frames if the damp is not treated.
Bathrooms & kitchens – Of course, bathrooms and kitchens are prone to damp so make sure to check thoroughly. Look at the grouting, window frames and ceiling for signs of black mould growth or damp patches. Don’t forget to check in all your cupboards for similar signs and take a sniff while doing so as a musty smell can indicate hidden damp.
Furniture and soft furnishings – Checking your furniture and soft furnishings for signs of damp is another important step that many overlook. Black mould can grow, and indeed thrive, on fabric so check the inside of curtains and blinds and on upholstered furniture for the tell-tale black spots.
Storage spaces – The first indication of a damp problem in storage areas that don’t have heating, such as cellars and basements, is a damp, musty smell. Check for stains and mould growth on all painted surfaces and woodwork as well.
Dealing with damp early is the best way to stop it spreading and costing you more time and money to sort it out. So as soon as you spot any signs of damp in your property, contact the experts at Croft today for an effective and long-lasting solution.