#DontMoveImprove: How to identify a damp problem

BY Solenco Reporter

Damp typically occurs on walls, floors, doors and windows, and also within pipes, plumbing, ceilings and roofs.

It is caused by moisture coming into the property from outside, from condensation within the house or from water being extensively used within specific areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. If an area is not well ventilated, this will exacerbate the damp problem in the home.

Excessive humidity and damp can cause problems with the structural integrity of your home, which can lead to paint peeling and loose plaster. Mortar is liable to crumble as a result of damp, while steel and iron fasteners can rust. The condition of your home furnishings can also deteriorate and can lead to an unpleasant musty odour.

These are the tell-tale signs of a damp problem:

  • Mould and wet stains on skirting boards
  • Decayed or rotting timber
  • Crumbling plaster
  • Peeling, bubbling or flaking paint
  • Discolouration, mould growth and staining on walls
  • Salt stains and salt deposit build up


Have you identified any of the above in your home and can serious damage from damp be repaired? In short, yes. A specialist waterproofing and damp proofing company will be able to provide a professional damp assessment to identify the damp repair and maintenance work that will be required.

Dehumidifiers can assist in maintaining the target relative humidity levels of 50 to 55% inside the home to prevent mould growth and prevent further damp-related damage to the property.

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 July 25, 2017
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