Damp is a big problem in many homes. Older houses especially have issues with damp but even modern homes can let in excess moisture, leading to wet patches around windows and doors, and in the bathroom.
Most of us have at one point or another found signs of damp at home, whether that’s mould growing around window frames or bathroom seals, stains and watermarks on the walls, or the feeling of high humidity in the air. Sometimes, damp is that bad that the air feels heavy and wet.
A little damp is normal, and it’s often nothing to worry about. If the weather has been bad, we’ve been drying washing indoors without ventilation, or it’s been unusually humid, a little extra moisture in the air is to be expected. If it’s something that you can live with and goes away after an hour with a window open, it’s nothing to worry about.
But sometimes it’s more.
Damp can cause damage to your property which can be expensive to repair. Damp could also be a sign that there is already damage that you need to find.
Excessive damp can lead to the growth of mould, which can be hard to stop spreading and can lead to rashes, breathing difficulties and further health issues. Damp can make it hard to dry washing and can make your home feel uncomfortable, as well as making everything smell.
Fortunately, damp isn’t something that you have to live with. There are plenty of things that you can do to reduce damp and make your home feel more comfortable and healthy.
Waterproof Your Home
Water getting into your house is one of the leading causes of severe damp, but, it’s not always easy to spot. You might have a damaged roof or cracks in your walls. You could have old cavity wall insulation that harbours moisture. Newton waterproofing systems can help you to waterproof some areas of your home, keeping them dry and stopping water getting in.
Check Your Window Seals
Damaged window seals are another common cause of damp, as well as draught in your home. Check the seals for rips and tears visually, and run your fingers around closed windows to see if you can feel any air getting in.
Add Ventilation (and Use It)
Older houses often have issues with damp because of poor ventilation. Adding ventilation to particularly moist areas of your home, like your bathroom, and an extraction system in your kitchen can reduce damp massively, as well as improving the air quality in your home. As long as you use it!
Be Careful Drying Washing
Ideally, you should dry washing outdoors whenever you can. Remember, it doesn’t need to be boiling hot, even a cooler day with a bit of sun and a gentle breeze can do a good job. If you do dry washing in the house, do it in well-ventilated areas or open a window to let moisture escape.
Keep the Temperature Consistent
Condensation develops when warm, moist air touches a cold surface. Turning your heating up and down all day increases the risks of condensation. It’s better to set your thermostat lower and leave the heating on for longer to maintain a consistent temperature when it’s cooler outdoors.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.