How to prevent damp
Damp is every homeowner’s nemesis. Fortunately, buying a new build home gives you peace of mind since they are built using the newest insulation technologies to keep moisture out and prevent damp, whilst allowing your home to breathe. However, no home is infallible to the elements and prevention is better than a cure. Taking the simple steps outlined below can help to damp proof your home.
Types of damp:
Damp can be categorised into three types:
- Rising damp, which is perceived as the most troublesome, is a result of groundwater moving up through a wall. This often takes the form of vertical tide marks moving up a wall.
- Penetrating damp, which can be caused by structural problems, often presents itself as horizontal damp patches on walls and ceilings.
- Condensation, which is the most common form of damp, is caused by moist air collecting on walls. This tends to occur in moist rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.
How to prevent damp
- Use a dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air. Ensure you use the device in the most troublesome spots in your home and empty the reservoir regularly.
- Air your home
Whilst double glazing is excellent at keeping the cold out during the brisk winter months, it also stops condensation from evaporating readily. Overcoming this is easy, simply air your house naturally by opening the windows from time to time and making sure the trickle vents are open. In addition, use extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent damp.
- Insulation is key
Loft, floor and wall insulation raises the temperature of walls and floors. This in turn means that water vapour will evaporate and not settle in your home.
- Moisture traps
Moisture traps are handy little contraptions which use small crystals to absorb moisture and humidity from the air. These tend to be less powerful than dehumidifiers.
Not to be overlooked, the squeegee may be a manual contraption, but it is effective. Wiping down showers, windows and other areas where condensation collects, can go a long way to prevent damp.
Damp collects when warm, moist air comes into contact with a cold surface, so keeping your home warm can prevent damp from occurring. Insulated roofs and double glazing come as standard in all of our homes, helping to keep your home warm.
- Decorate with moisture resistant paint
When painting certain rooms in your home, you can opt for water resistant formulas. These will help to prevent mould growing and they will easily wipe clean. Water resistant flooring is another option, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.