If your London based property has signs of damp on its internal or external walls, the first thing to do is to identify the cause of the problem. Many people are not aware, but living in a property that has damp, can also affect your health. Mould and dampness in your home can be quite unpleasant when you are living in that property, and can often lead to having a constant musty smell in some of the rooms, additionally, your clothes may also be affected and feel soggy.
Having damp marks on your walls could be a warning sign that your property is suffering from penetrating damp.
Causes of damp in your property
Damp is generally caused by excess moisture or condensation in your property. When temperatures in your property fall, condensation rises, creating moisture on windows each morning which will eventually cause mould and damp.
Other causes of damp could be a leaking pipe, a damaged damp-proof course, or in some cases a property that may not even have a damp-proof course at all. Other causes could include a leaking window frame or even a blocked gutter. Additionally, if the property is a new build, damp could also occur as the property could still be drying out from the building work completed on the property.
Cause of condensation in your property
Condensation can occur when there is inadequate ventilation to your property. Ultimately the moisture in the air reaches it’s peak from either cooking, showering, maybe even drying out clothes. The condensation gets to a point where it becomes excessive and has nowhere else to go. This is when you may witness seeing droplets of water on indoor surfaces, mirrors and on walls, especially when the temperate in your property is rather cold.
How to prevent the build-up of condensation and damp:
Below is a list of small tips that can help you prevent the build-up of damp and condensation in your London based property. Most of these tips are really simple to implement.
- If you can dry washing outside.
- Open windows in your house for 15 minutes each morning.
- Making sure your home is well insulated.
- During the winter, heat your home more frequently.
- Regularly open windows and leave doors open to allow air to
- When showering or bathing, opening the window in the bathroom close the door when you are in the room.
The above list is just a few tips to help with condensation and damp. There may be other ways you can help prevent this in your property.
If you require any further information or would like to speak to someone then why not drop us a call or upload pictures to our website and we can discuss with you the best options to get rid of damp in your property on 0207 127 6886 or contact us.