Preventing damp in your home

Damp in your home can be caused by a number of factors, the most likely being that a leak has been able to prevent the brickwork and build up moisture. Other causes could include plumbing leaks, damaged pipes and gutters or broken roof tiles. Damp could also be the result of flood and water damage from heavy rainfall. There are of course other factors that can cause damp. Take a look below at our advice on preventing damp in your home.

Ventilating your home and reducing condensation

Condensation is a common cause of damp, so preventing this is important to prevent damp from getting worse and spreading throughout your home. Common things in your home such as kettles, baths, tumble dryers and food being cooked can all produce moisture. Making sure areas in your home such as bathrooms and kitchens are well ventilated and insulated can greatly reduce damp. For example, you could install trickle vents on top of your windows to help ventilation, which is particularly useful in colder months when you may not want to have a window wide open.

Keep damp under control

If you find a source of damp in our home, it is important to make a note of it. This could be in the corner of your rooms or in areas where condensation is more likely. There are affordable, specialist cleaning products available to help remove damp and mold to prevent further spread of damp throughout your home. If the problem is more severe, you should consider hiring a professional company to identify and remove damp from the building.

Get a dehumidifier

A simple way to reduce damp and condensation is to buy a dehumidifier. These are available in different sizes and can be tucked into cupboards and small rooms to keep them out of the way while they operate. A dehumidifier will filter the air in the room and remove the moisture. This will be collected in buckets which you will need to empty.

Hire a professional

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If the problem is severe, you should hire a professional company to identify and deal with the sources of damp. It is important that damp is dealt with quickly and efficiently to prevent further spread throughout the house or any health problems to you and anyone else. CPL t/a CPL t/a CPL t/a Rainbow International have many years’ experience providing damp surveys to commercial and residential properties across the South East. If you have a problem with damp in your home, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today and speak to our friendly team.