Being a homeowner can be great, but it can also come with challenges. Dealing with problems such as damp are just one of them - and knowing how to do so effectively could save you a significant amount of money.
Which? has offered advice on how to identify the three main types of damp, as well as some steps you can take yourself to try and remedy the problem. However, the organisation noted that there is still the chance that you’ll need to call in professionals for damp treatment in London because it can be a complex issue.
Condensation problems are among the easiest to deal with on your own, because the problem is usually caused by a lack of ventilation. Wiping away the condensation regularly, installing better ventilation and even simply opening your windows can all help.
Making sure you use lids on pans when you’re cooking, have an extractor fan and keep the kitchen or bathroom door closed when you’re generating a lot of steam can also be useful ways to improve things.
Last month, we highlighted the impact condensation can have if you don’t deal with it, such as leading to mould or fungus growth in your home.
Penetrating damp is caused by “concentrated, prolonged wetting” of walls and joinery. Damp patches can appear on walls and ceilings and typically spread horizontally rather than vertically. Although you may need professional assistance to tackle this, simply stopping the source of water will go along way to rectifying the issue.
Clearing overflowing gutters, ensuring any leaking pipes are fixed and repairing roof damage, wall cracks or window damage can all help.
Rising damp is the hardest one to fix, because it’s caused by moisture coming up from the ground into your house. Even if you identify this as the problem, you may well need help to deal with it effectively.