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How to prevent, monitor and treat damp

Date posted: 19 September 2012

Damp can be one of the most frustrating and damaging problems that can occur within a property, especially if the area is already predisposed to minor flooding or other water problems. There are several different ways that you can treat damp once it is there, but there are also several ways to keep an eye on damp so that you know if it is developing and can treat it before it starts to penetrate the property. 

One of the best ways to do this is with a damp meter since it allows you to see that a problem is arising. The first sign of damp is usually condensation, because condensation releases moisture which is what often causes damp to occur. Therefore, if you want to avoid serious damp problems you will want to make sure that you invest in a damp meter that will read condensation levels in your home as well. 

If you continue to have a problem with condensation you may want to consider hiring an expert to come into your home and explore the situation in great detail so that you get professional advice about how to curb the problem. Many times simply increasing or improving your ventilation and heating system will easily help to take care of cold spots; which is where condensation usually occurs. 

Placing an extractor or exhaust fan into a bathroom or kitchen area is another great way to keep air flowing easily without too high of an investment on your part.  Since these areas are prone to damp, it is important that you use your damp meter frequently in these areas of the house to see if they are prone to any problems or not.  This is a great way to get a head start on treating damp if you see that it is developing.

Most of the time damp will be found along the ground level of walls due to problems or defects with the physical damp proofing of the walls.  Many times the damp proof course is simply ‘bridged’ due to the fact that soil or pathways are too close to the wall.  In this case, if your damp meter shows a problem exists here you can just remove the soil from the side of the wall allowing the damp course to work properly again and prevent water from seeping into your home above it.

Once damp starts to occur within a home you need to check all areas of the house to see where it is coming from.  While a damp meter can tell you that it exists, you cannot find the source of the problem by just looking as many times the problem is two-fold. Therefore you will want to look over the downpipes, gutters, window frames, door frames where the damp is forming, to isolate the problem. 

This way you can clear it and prevent future damp from coming into a home.  In addition, if the brickwork is becoming porous in your home you may want to think about applying exterior waterproofing fluid around the home to help keep water out.

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