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How to Damp-proof Your Property

  • 5 years ago

Having damp in your property is a serious issue as it can cause structural and even health problems. If you’re planning to sell your house or you’ve recently moved into a new property, then ensuring there’s no damp problems is vital.

Ideally, your property should have a damp-proofing course already installed, as this will stop any problems in their tracks and put your mind at ease. If you know this is the case, then this is all well and good.

You might not know if a property has a damp course, however, or you may be wondering if you need to take action against dampness. Here’s how you can spot the signs of damp; if you do see any, then it’s time to call in the professionals.

Look for flaky and crumbling exteriors

If you see any external mortar or brickwork puffing out, flaking or cracking, then this can be a sign of damp in the structure so you should have it looked at.

Have your existing damp course checked over

Damp courses can last for many years, but there’s always the chance that it’s been damaged or compromised. This can let water into your walls and foundations, so make sure all’s well.

Look at your internal walls

Pay special attention to any basements and cellars. If there’s any white or grey powder in a sort of tidemark, or if the walls feel unusually cold to the touch, there may be rising damp.

Keep your gutters and downpipes clear

It’s important for water to escape freely from your roof and pipes because if it’s impeded in any way, it can overflow into your brickwork and seep in. Remove any build-up of leaves and other debris to let the water escape.

Check over your roof after severe weather

After severe storms, heavy rains and extended snow coverage, make sure all your tiles are still there and that none are cracked. If rainwater gets into your loft, it can seep downwards and cause dry rot and other problems. You should also look at your lead flashings, engaging a professional if necessary, to make sure there’s no chance of water getting in.

Keep the air flowing

By keeping windows open as often as you can, you’ll reduce the amount of condensation inside your property. Pay particular attention to utility rooms, cellars and bathrooms, especially if there’s no window or extractor fan. Never let walls stay damp for long.

Follow your nose

Damp has a distinctive smell and if you notice it, don’t turn a blind eye (or, indeed, nostril) to it. Take action as soon as you can.

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