Damp is one of the most common concerns for many homeowners of South East England and other parts of the UK. Besides affecting and damaging the foundation of your property, it gives out a nasty and misty smell and can cause serious health problems. Furthermore, if not taken care of in time, dampness can cause some serious damages to your building. Therefore, you must treat damp as soon as you detect it. Being able to treat damp effectively is great but damp prevention is even better. This blog will give you our practical tips on how to prevent damp in your home.
Damp doesn’t discriminate. It can occur in any home ranging from studio flats and small apartments to sprawling mansions. It affects can any property. Generally, damp is caused due to environmental changes and failing to keep up with the maintenance of the house. Poor property maintenance or existing damp proof course failure can bring damp as an uninvited guest in your homes and your lives.
If you have any doubt or you have seen dampness around your place, contact damp professionals for a survey of your property to find the source. Once the source is identified, remove it and get a damp proof treatment for your property.
Besides, you can follow some easy damp prevention tips. Here are some hacks to keep your home damp-free:
Open your windows to improve air flow – Ventilation matters.
It’s common to keep windows close in cold temperatures, and as a result, water has nowhere to go. Showers, baths, tumble drying, boiling kettle steam releasing from cooked food, and moisture in the air will find the coldest place on windows or walls and condense. It is the initial step of becoming damp. Open the bathroom windows after having a bath and the windows of the kitchen and home to let the fresh breeze come in, allowing the damp air or moisture to pass out the window and not to settle down in fixtures or walls.
If you have rooms without windows, uncover all the ventilation vents, and it is advised to use fans in those rooms. Proper and consistent ventilation is vital for places which have high moisture level and no windows.
Never dry your clothes inside.
Drying wet clothes inside your house can increase the damp in your property by around thirty per cent. In addition, increased moisture levels in your house add to your damp problem. A single load of clothes can contain 2 litres of water, and that’s a way lot of damp. Besides, it creates the perfect environment for black mould, which is a serious health hazard for the elderly, pregnant women, and children.
It is advised to dry all wet clothes outside to prevent the settling of moisture from wet clothes into the fixtures or walls of your house.
Buy a dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier can suck the room’s air and squeeze out the moisture from the air that can result in damp and moulds. The water is transferred into a tank which you can drain easily. Get the small non-electrical dehumidifiers that include water-absorbing crystals. These dehumidifiers also come in handy to use inside your wardrobes or behind cabinets in mould-prone areas. Move the dehumidifier around the house in all rooms wherever required. Twenty-four to thirty-six hours in every room is more than enough.
Keep heating on a low level.
Control the use of heating appliances in your home. Please don’t use them at high levels, especially in winters. Instead, use them at low temperatures for a longer time. By doing so, the air inside your home will remain at a constant temperature, and it will prevent the chances of condensation damp.
Always use a dry fabric to remove moisture from walls or windows.
In cold conditions, you will notice your window glass gets moist. It happens when the glass absorbs moisture from the outside air. It can absorb more condensation than your inner walls. Beware of where condensation occurs in your home. It is the main cause of damp and black mould. You can find common places on the window sill, under the window frame, corners of the room, behind the sofa, and inside wardrobes and cupboards. When cleaning your windows, always use dry fabric as it will prevent mould and damp growth.
Leave internal doors open
A key factor to damp prevention is to allow fresh air to pass through your entire home. Let the fresh breeze come to keep the moist air out. Opening internal doors of your home allow fresh and better airflow inside your home. It also helps to maintain an adequate temperature in your home and keeps the damp and mould away. It is also part of ventilating your house. A highly ventilated house will massively increase your chances of damp prevention.
Don’t forget to clean and remove mould from walls and furniture.
If you observe even a bit of mould on your walls, windows, furniture or clothes, clean it immediately. Wipe it down with a damp cloth or a wet wipe and get rid of it easily. You can also use damp and mould spray if it’s more than just obvious. For example, mouldy window or toys requires intense steam cleaning that can destroy mould spores. Cleaning all this stuff in standard washing machines will not work as the water is not hot enough to kill it. Also, the risks will always be there that it can affect your other belongings.
Use moisture-resistant paint and wallpaper.
If your property is exposed to damp problems, always use paints or wallpapers that are moisture-resistant. It is one of the easiest ways to prevent damp. The products designed to repel moisture and steam will prevent your home from damp. Moreover, it will be much easier for you to clean them if it occurs. Damp Specialists often advise using vinyl wallpapers that are splash-proof and washable.
Re-grout your tiles
Old or damaged tiles and grouting can leak and invite dampness in your place. Besides, it may also cause mould, and eventually, you will be dealing with a much bigger problem. However, re-grouting is an effective way to overcome this problem, and you can do it by yourself. Moreover, regular cleaning and scrubbing of tiles is a great way to minimize the chance of mould growing in the grout. The tile surface, if not cleaned frequently, results in having a soap scum layer. It builds up with time, and a porous deposit is created that provides the ideal breeding ground for moulds.
Get Rid of the Damp Smell in a Room?
With dampness comes a musty and unpleasant smell in your home. So, if you have a room that has a damp or mouldy smell, you can easily get rid of it.
The smell tends to be absorbed by the clothes. So wash all the garments in your washing machine on a warm cycle to get rid of the musty smell from clothes. Besides, mix vinegar with water and pour it into the machine along with your household laundry detergent. Finally, wash all the linen, curtains, and other stuff with mildew or damp problems.
If you see that the damp is rising on the room’s wall, gently scrub the damp patches using soft fabric and water. You can also use baking soda and water to scrub the damp patches from the walls. Besides, if your household appliances such as ovens, fridges, or Hoovers also have a musty smell, put a cup of baking soda in it, close it and let it stay for a few hours.
So how to prevent damp… Damp often develops slowly, but a simple stain on your wall can get worse with time. So, whenever you see any stain or damp patch on your wall, don’t take it lightly. It is essential for you to treat it timely and before it can cause more damage to your home. If you are worried about damp in your home and looking for a clear diagnosis, a damp survey is an ideal solution. Many forms of damp are underlying and go unnoticed without the use of testing equipment. If you are living in a property that has not had a damp survey we highly recommend it every 4-5 years to prevent damp from causing damage to your home.
If you have any questions regarding damp prevention for your home? Feel Free to contact us.