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Damp in the home can be both a smelly and unsightly nuisance, but for you and your family, it also has the potential to negatively affect your health, causing respiratory problems, skin issues, fevers, and sickness. Therefore, trying to keep your home damp-free needs to be a major priority for you.
Thankfully, the problem of damp can be prevented, and we will be exploring some of the measures you can take within this article. However, in the event that you might already have damp in your home, have a look for these telltale signs. To ensure no further damage is caused to you or your family, use the information within the linked article to treat the damp in your home, or call out the professionals to get on top of the problem for you.
In an effort to give you a happier and healthier home that is damp free then, take a look at the following suggestions.
#1: Don’t let water into your home
Damp is often caused by water seeping into your home through cracks in your wall and flooring. The problem is often found at ground level, with the problem of rising damp caused by groundwater finding its way into your home through your building’s lower structure. However, the problem can also be found at the top of your home too should you have any missing tiles on your roof, and around your home from structural damage caused to your doors and windows. To prevent the problem of damp then, you should hire building professionals to repair any structural damage. You might also want to hire basement waterproofing contractors to protect your home from rising damp, and DIY the external walls of your home yourself using a dryseal waterproofer.
#2: Check your guttering
If you have defective guttering, it will only be a matter of time before rain water finds its way into your home. Therefore, make every effort to clear your gutters of any debris and other blockages, and if it is broken beyond normal repair, pay to have your guttering replaced. A roof plumber will be able to give you further advice and will unblock your guttering and drainpipes if needed.
#3: Avoid the problem of condensation
Condensation is one of the common causes of damp in the home, but it can be alleviated. By opening the windows or vents in rooms where condensation is likely, you can easily reduce the problem. Think about this the next time you are boiling a kettle, cooking on your stove, or taking a bath or a shower. You should also wipe away any condensation from the surfaces of your walls and windows, and if you haven’t already, consider adding ventilation fans to rooms such as your kitchen or bathroom to speed up the airing of your rooms and to reduce condensation problems.
#4: Keep a warm home
Damp problems are worse during the cold weather, so try to keep your home as warm as possible. This includes having the heating turned on at a low temperature, even in unused rooms, for some time during the day. However, to save on your heating bills, there are other ways to keep your home warm, including loft and wall insulation, as well as double or triple-glazing windows to insulate your home from the cold air outside.
We hope these suggestions were useful to you, but if you have any tips of your own on how to keep a home damp-free, please share your wisdom with us.
Take care, and thanks for reading!