Why Should You Damp Proof Your Home?

Why Should You Damp Proof Your Home?

Why Should You Damp Proof Your Home?

 

Why should you damp proof your home? Well simply put prevention is better than the cure! Modern properties are generally built with a damp proof course (DPC) to stop moisture ingress into your property. However, these do have a life span and you should regularly check for signs of moisture within your property. Condensation should also be monitored and the necessary steps taken to avoid condensation settling on surfaces.

 

DH Damp Proofing & Plastering have seen many older properties in London & Berkshire that either have no DPC or have ones that have failed. We all spend more these days on daily living costs and it might seem like no big deal if your loft space is smelling or has fungi growing in it, or those black patches on the wall are becoming more frequent. But, any sign of damp should be taken seriously.

 

That fungi in your loft could be dry rot. Dry rot spreads through everything from the timber to plaster and can get into the masonry of the property causing extensive structural damage, weakening the property and lowering its value.

 

The black spots on your wall could be a sign of penetrative damp which is caused by moisture from outside making its way into your property. This can be down to a number of reasons such as broken down pipes and gutters causing moisture to penetrate through small cracks. You can also fall victim to penetrative damp when you have internal leaks from broken or faulty pipework.

 

That weird tide mark about a meter up from the floor could well be rising damp. Typically this is caused by a failure of your DPC or that moisture is able to ingress through a breach of the DPC.

 

That wet wallpaper and those mouldy window frames could be down to a condensation problem. Condensation occurs in every property in London however if you take steps to allow air to circulate such as trickle vents, air bricks and extractor fans then you can reduce the possibility of it settling on walls and surfaces causing wet patches and the dreaded black mould.

 

AT DH Damp Proofing & Plastering we have visited many properties across London & Berkshire were the owners are planning to use or have used their basement or cellars as an extra living space. Older properties will usually have no preventative measures in this area and therefore a tanking procedure should be undertaken to keep the arear dry and free from damp.

 

For every symptom of damp there is a treatment, but you can take steps to prevent the need for treatment.

 

Make sure you know when your DPC was installed and regularly check its efficiency. Check for any signs of moisture within your property and call in an expert should you notice any.

 

If you plan to convert your loft, basement or cellar ask an expert to check for any damp proofing currently in place and install any necessary measures to prevent damp within the property.

 

Make sure air can flow freely throughout the property installing vents, trickle vents, air brick and extractor fans especially in arears that are exposed to condensation. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most likely areas to fall victim of condensation. Other rooms in the house should also have sufficient air flow too. If you are in doubt call in an expert for their professional opinion.

 

The cost of fixing a damp problem can be much higher if you have not already had the correct damp proofing measures installed as these will need to be done as part of the treatment. Our advice is to protect yourself before a problem occurs. If you need advice just give us a call and we can take a look for you.

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