For many homeowners, rising damp is one of the most irritating things to live with. It’s not just the unattractive look that it can give to a property, but damp-related issues can eat-up a large chunk of the time you spend at home when repeatedly removing mould from walls and ceilings.
In this guide, we’ve shared how you can remove damp from your house, along with the most common damp problems that could affect your property:
What are the causes of damp?
In order to get a rough idea on how your home can remove damp altogether, it’s a good idea to get to grips on why it’s actually happening. Different types of removal methods may be more suited to each type of damp.
In older homes or properties that suffer with damp problems, the main reasoning behind the issue is poor ventilation. This is because damp and mould occur when the environment is too moisture-rich, but it can also be a result of leaking pipes, damaged roof seals or window frames.
Newly-built properties with better ventilation may also suffer with damp if the water that was used throughout the build of the home is still drying out.
Getting rid of damp in your property
As soon as you spot the signs of mould, you should take a look around your property and predict where the dampness is coming from. If there isn’t any visible signs of broken pipes or faulty seals, it could be related to the condensation if it’s only occurring in a single area of the home.
Condensation occurs when the air inside your room becomes too heavy and unable to hold any more moisture. Common in kitchens whilst cooking and bathrooms, installing an efficient system to remove condensation may be able to resolve your damp problems.
Aside from installing ventilation fans, the following tips may be able to reduce the humidity of specific rooms:
- Using an extractor fan or opening doors whilst having a bath or shower
- Opening the windows of each room for a short period in the morning to allow the moisture-rich air to escape
- Allowing your laundry to dry outside instead of on radiators or a clothes horse
Dealing with mould from dampness
Once you’ve taken steps to remove the damp from your property, you may need to think about the effect it can have on your rooms: excessive mould.
Even though mould isn’t generally harmful, it can produce allergens and irritants that can react with your body. People with respiratory problems may also experience heightened symptoms when in close proximity to mould, although people react differently and have varying sensitivities.
Mould that has been caused by dampness is usually found between tile grouting, on painted or wallpapered walls. In this case, you should rinse the area with warm, soapy water and use a cloth to peel the mould away from the surface.
By reading this article, you should have a good idea on how your property can prevent dampness whilst ensuring that your home is visually free from mould. Once you’ve installed an efficient ventilation system and are taking steps to reduce the amount of water in the air, you should see a huge reduction in the time you spend removing mould from walls, floors and ceilings!