Damp can be a big issue in your home, and it is very important that you identify the cause and fix the issue as soon as possible. A bit of damp is tolerable, but if it’s left to linger, it can start to affect your health as well as looking quite grotty. The blog post will take you through a rundown of the steps to take to identify if you have damp, and how you can prevent it in the future.
Main causes of damp
Damp arises when there is excess moisture in your home, and you can’t really prevent it from being present considering that washing, cooking, showering and cleaning can all add excess moisture to your home. This is fine, but the issues arise when there is nowhere for the moisture to go. When the moisture has nowhere to go, it will cling to your walls, ceilings and surfaces and over time, this will cause visible damp or mould.
Signs that you have damp
The first tell-tale sign that you have damp is that you can physically see it. Damp will create black marks, which is an indication of fungal growth. Alternatively, damp can cause your paint to flake or curl which could suggest that there is excess moisture present. To truly test if you have damp, you should carry out a touch test. Press your hand on the suspected damp area for around 10 – 20 seconds. If it feels considerably cold or damp, then you have damp
Condensation puddles on your windowsill are another sign that you have damp in your home, which is caused by excess moisture. If untreated, mould will form on your window frames, and if this builds up enough then it can be tricky to get rid of.
Having brown water marks on your ceiling is also another sign that you have damp. These are easy to spot and you’ll notice straight away.
A lot of mould can be obvious, such as in your bathroom or windowsill but you can also get mould in areas you might not expect, for example under the sink or in a cupboard. Mould creates a smell that you should be able to notice – Track the smell down and locate the mould.
How to prevent damp and mould
The main thing we suggest you prevent your home from obtaining damp and mould is to ventilate your home. The most obvious way to ventilate your home is to open a window, especially after cooking or showering. This will allow fresh air into your home and will gradually replace the moist air. If you live in an apartment that, make sure you turn on your extractor fan also.
Heating your home will naturally reduce the amount of condensation in the air, resulting in less chance of getting damp/mould. Damp or mould typically arises when cold and hot air meet, and if your room is cold when this happens then getting damp is a high risk.