Top Tips for Preventing Damp

Look for Signs of Penetrating Damp

One of the best tips when it comes to damp prevention is simply opening your eyes to some of the biggest culprits and hunting them down before they become a problem. Do you have any cracks or fissures that could lead to a penetrating damp issue? Penetrating damp is one of the biggest culprits in damp in the home. It is caused as defects within or outside the building allow water to penetrate the roof, walls or around the windows of the property and enter the home. A water mark on the inside of a wall can be a sure-fire sign of penetrating damp and should be investigated before the problem gets out of hand. Poorly fitted Velux windows can be a major culprit.

Check Pipes, Gutters and Hoppers…Not forgetting your tiles!

One of the best DIY tools in your armoury of damp prevention is checking the downpipes, gutters and hoppers around the outside of your house. A great time to do this is spring, before those heavy summer downpours, which can lead to moss, leaves and other detritus running into the piping. You will also notice the growth of any plant life before it becomes too big and presents a problem. Remove this and all blockages and check your pipework for any cracks. While you are up on the ladder it is wise to check for any missing or damaged roof tiles as this can also lead to leakages when it rains and damp entering the house.

Cooking up a (Damp) Storm

When you have multiple pans on the stove and are cooking you can create a lot of steam. If you can, open the windows while cooking and cover your pans with lids to avoid condensation on the kitchen windows. When the cooking is done it is advisable to turn on the extraction on the cooker hood to clear the air of humidity, letting it run for a good five to ten minutes.

Use a De-humidifier

Removal of excess moisture from the air is very advisable, especially in older properties or buildings with poor ventilation and high humidity. You can run an electric one several hours a day or use smaller models with tablets. Other tools in your armoury in such a circumstance are using window vacs to remove condensation from your windows in the morning.

Keep your Home Warm

Keeping your home warm can be a costly business, but addressing poor insulation is a good cost-saving tip. Use a thermostat to ensure the temperature doesn’t drop below room temperature as this can lead to damp problems.

Hang your Washing Outside

Hanging wet clothes around the house is one very avoidable mistake when it comes to addressing the causes of damp in the house. If it’s wet, perhaps wait for a drier day to do your laundry, or visit a laundrette or use or install a tumble dryer. Whenever it is dry and warm or windy, hang your washing on the line outside to keep that excess moisture out of the home.