Have you noticed a pungent, mushroomy smell wafting through your home? Are mould or stains forming on your walls or ceilings?
If the answer is yes, then you’re likely to be witnessing the first signs of condensation in your home.
Homeowners should be aware of the damage that condensation and damp can cause, and act fast to have it removed.
In this article, we identify the main signs of condensation and damp to watch out for, before explaining how you can treat damp in your home.
What Are the Main Signs of Damp?
Musty smells, visible moisture staining, rotting timbers and growths of mould are all visible signs of Condensation in your home.
But there are many more signs that may go unnoticed and only become apparent after a thorough inspection of the premises.
If you’ve noticed any of the following signs of damp or condensation, it’s time to call in a professional for a closer look:
- Pungent, mushroom-like smells
- Mouldy patches
- Damp patches
- Rotting timbers and woodwork
- Salty tide marks on the walls
- Cold or wet ceilings, walls or floors
- Peeling plasterboard or wallpaper
- Water droplets clinging to walls
- Damaged or crumbling masonry
- Leaks, broken pipes or damaged drains
What Problems Can Damp Leave You With?
Damp can damage your home, cause health problems, and lead to serious structural issues if left untreated. Major problems caused by damp include:
- Damaged decoration and furnishings
- Health issues, such as coughing, asthma and other respiratory problems
- Rotten timbers and weakened structural supports
- Weakened brickwork and masonry
- The need for costly repairs
How Can You Treat Damp and condensation in Your Home?
If you spot any of the main signs of damp and condensation in your home, it’s important to schedule a professional damp survey immediately. A survey is the first step towards treating damp, and the surveyor will identify the cause, source and type of damp afflicting your home before recommending the best fix.
The exact treatment will depend on the type of damp, the extent of the damp problem and where it’s located, but common fixes include:
- Install ventilation systems
- Injecting a chemical damp proof course
- Repairing or replacing damaged brickwork and rotten timbers
- Replastering walls with damp-proof materials
- Lowering the external ground level of a building so it’s below the damp-proof course
How Can You Protect Your Home From Damp and condensation?
There are several ways to protect your home from damp in the future, the majority of which involve removing opportunities for moisture to enter your home and allowing moisture laden air to escape your home too. Common methods include:
- Ensuring all pipes and gutters are fixed and clear of debris
- Keeping your home well ventilated
- installing ventilation systems
- Injecting a damp-proof course into the walls
Contact Atlantis Property Preservation is to Find Out More about the Main Signs of Damp and Condensation
If you’re worried about damp in your home, Atlantis Property Preservation is here to help. Our highly qualified team of experts can advise you on the main signs of damp and carry out a professional survey to identify its source.
For more information or to book your damp survey, contact the friendly team at Atlantis Property Preservation today.