Prepare Your Property For Autumn
Prepare Your Property For Autumn
Autumn brings many things such as falling leaves, more layers of clothing and Halloween, but it also brings in weather that is damp and colder than recent months.
DH Damp Proofing & Plastering advise that this is the perfect time to check your property for potential damp problems before the cold really sets in.
There are plenty of things that property owners in London can do to prevent damp problems before they arise. In this blog, we will look at the things you can be doing to protect your property.
Checking your chimney along with the chimney flashing for damaged, missing tiles, loose flashing and damaged mortar is a good place to start. Any gaps caused by missing tiles, loose flashing or damaged mortar can allow moisture ingress into your property and should you notice any of this appropriate action should be taken to remedy the problem. We would suggest that you carry out checks to chimneys from the ground using binoculars to avoid causing any accidents.
Roofs should also be checked preferably from the ground level using binoculars. You should look for damaged/missing tiles or slates, any damage should be corrected before the weather worsens and moisture is able to make its way into the internal roof space. Moisture in the roof space can lead to not only penetrative damp but also wet and dry rot.
Down pipes should be checked for any blockages along with any cracks. Cracks in downpipes can cause problems during the winter months because when the pipes freeze they expand and weak points can break or shatter. Broken downpipes can expose the external wall to a constant flow of water which can then penetrate through to the internal walls causing damp.
Gutters should be regularly checked throughout London as the rainfall can increase quickly for prolonged periods of time. Any blockages to the gutters will increase the flow of water against the external walls causing damp to appear internally. Make sure gutters are cleared with soft brushes and not metal scourers as these may damage the gutter itself. If you are concerned about working at height it may be better to hire somebody to do this job for you.
Check external vents and air bricks for blockages and remove any that you find. If you have a floor that is suspended then moisture can settle inside the space between the suspended floor and the ground which can then lead to the suspended timber floor decaying.
You should check the external ground levels. When your damp proof course was installed it was done to the correct level to keep moisture out. If you have changed the exterior ground level for a driveway or have flower beds or other foliage that are higher than the damp proof course then these should be cut back or removed. Anything that is higher than the damp proof course will have moisture that settles on it, this can then breach the damp proofing and make its way into the walls of the property causing problems internally.
Check for excessive vegetation close to your property. Remove anything that is a climbing plant such as ivy, this will be very close to your walls and can allow moisture ingress into the property. Trees that grow close to your property can have roots that can grow into and damage the foundations along with breaching the damp proof course. Keep hedges trimmed and tidy so that they cannot grow close to your property.
Here at DH Damp Proofing & Plastering we wish you all a happy and safe autumn, remember working at height can be dangerous therefore exercise caution and call in a professional if you are not comfortable working at height.