How Can You Stop Damp in Your House?

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Many individuals have had dampness in their houses, and it is never a pleasant experience. Damp makes you feel like you’re being invaded. Damp can cause significant structural damage to your building in addition to destroying your walls, plaster, furniture, décor, and clothes. It also has a terrible appearance and smell. A moist environment and airborne mould spores are hazardous for your health as they can aggravate respiratory disorders and skin conditions such as eczema. Given that dampness can quickly turn your house into an unwelcoming one.

Many individuals want to know how can they stop dampness and prevent it from returning. Here are some tips to provide you with all the knowledge you need to identify and treat dampness in your house –

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Maintain a Comfortable Environment

Damp develops in locations where the temperature fluctuates. You enhance your chances of developing dampness by turning your heat on and off on a regular basis, enabling hot and cold air to flow. Experts advise that you maintain a steady temperature within your home, especially when your home has central heating.

It’s also crucial not to leave some rooms warm while others remain unheated, as this will exacerbate the problem. Opening the windows to let air out also helps avoid dampness, which may seem counterintuitive to you at first.

Minimise Moisture 

You need to make sure that your property is exposed to minimal moisture as much as possible. It would help if you did as given below:

  • Keep your trickle vents open if your windows have them.
  • Before adding hot water to the bath, fill it with cold water.
  • Close the door to prevent damp air from entering neighbouring rooms.
  • Always use the extractor fan or open a window when showering or cooking.
  • Avoid using paraffin or other bottled gas heaters since they are hazardous and produce a lot of water vapour.
  • While cooking, keep the lids on the saucepans.
  • Dry your clothes outside, in a room with a window, or tumble dry.

Proper Ventilation

In chilly weather, it’s typical to leave windows shut, leaving water with nowhere to go. However, showers, baths, tumble drying, steam from a boiling kettle releasing from food, and moisture in the air will condense on the coldest windows or walls. It’s the first step toward being moist. After a bath, open the bathroom windows and the kitchen and home windows to allow a fresh breeze to come in, allowing wet air or moisture to pass through the window and not lodge in fixtures or walls.

If your rooms are without windows, make sure to open all of the ventilation vents and use fans in those rooms. For regions with high moisture levels and no windows, constant ventilation is essential to avoid damp formation.

Wipe Mould from Furniture and Walls

In the morning, wipe out condensation from windows and other areas with a dry towel and open a window for a few minutes. Rather than drying the cloth on a radiator, wring it out in the sink.

Wipe away any black mould specks with a mild bleach solution or an antifungal spray. These may be found in most supermarkets. In the winter, you may need to do this at least twice a month. Remove it easily by wiping it down with a damp cloth or a wet wipe. If the moisture and mould are more than just evident, you can also use damp and mould spray.

Ensure that your walls look good after cleaning. It may be that you need to have them repainted so that they look as nice as you want them to. Employ the services of expert redecorators, so that you can make your vision become a reality.

Use a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers operate by taking in air from one end of the room, eliminating the moisture, and then again blowing back out into the room, providing warmth in the process. Portable dehumidifiers are perfect for use in the home since they can be moved around to a damp basement, the laundry room, or a musty loft after a load of laundry has been washed.

Small non-electric dehumidifiers with water-absorbing crystals are available. In mould-prone regions, dehumidifiers are especially useful for preventing damp behind or cabinets in wardrobes. Place the dehumidifier in every room of the house as needed.

Grouting and Seal Tiles 

Mould can be seen developing in bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms, and wet rooms, among other places. These rooms have a lot of moisture in the air, which is ideal for mould growth. When you use a heater to dry a damp towel, for example, the water in the towel evaporates into the air, but sometimes the water rests on a chilly wall, which is when mould appears.

Spray the walls with specialised antimicrobial treatment. After that, you can get the grouting lines around the tiles with double grout sealer coats to prevent this from happening in your home.

To Conclude

Many people in the UK have to deal with moisture problems in their houses. Condensation, rising damp, and penetrating damp are all problems that most homeowners would prefer to avoid. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid this from happening before calling in the professionals.

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