Spotting Signs of Rising, Penetrating and Condensation Damp
Maximising the value of your home includes ensuring that your property doesn’t exhibit signs of damp. Follow these steps to identify and eradicate damp.
The uncertainty of the Brexit situation is significantly impacting the London housing market, with January of this year experiencing the biggest price drop in a decade. The average home in the capital decreased in value by £7,500 at the beginning of 2019, and property experts predict that the market is unlikely to bounce back until there is more political confidence. Homeowners trying to sell in the capital will need to work harder to get a great price for their homes. For those that do attract a favourable offer, it’s important to ensure that a valuation survey doesn’t uncover any issues such as damp that will stop a sale in its tracks.
There are several types of damp that can affect a property – namely rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation, and each has typical signals to look out for.
- Rising Damp – In the case of rising damp, you should be on the lookout for damp patches or ‘tidemarks’ which rise no higher than about a metre up the walls in your ground floor or basement rooms. This might cause any plastering or paintwork to bubble and peel away. You should also be on the lookout for fungal growth such as the presence of black or green mould.
- Penetrating Damp – Looking higher up now, if you spot brown patches of damp dripping down your walls or pooling in circles in the corner of the ceiling, along with possible fungal growth, similar to that found with rising damp, then it’s likely that moisture is penetrating your property from the exterior. In the case of both rising and penetrating damp, external walls may be cold or damp to the touch, and a musty odour may be present.
- Condensation – The key to identifying condensation damp is to look behind things. Begin with your windows, inspecting behind your blinds or curtains to see if poor ventilation has allowed moisture to settle on window frames or panes. Where this has occurred, you’ll likely spot black mould, particularly in the case of modern uPVC windows. However, condensation isn’t confined to your windows. In colder rooms in your house, perhaps those that are used infrequently such as spare rooms, or a conservatory extension, take care to look behind items such as sofas, cupboards or bookcases, where air becomes ‘trapped’ between the surface of your furniture and the cold external walls of your home. Mould or spores may be present which are both a classic sign of damp.
Steps To Eradicate Damp From Your Property
If you have identified any of the signs above, then it’s unfortunately likely that your property has an existing damp problem that needs to be taken care of. The first step is to ascertain the extent of the issue, and this means enlisting the help of damp proofing London professionals who will carry out an assessment and survey of your home to determine the root cause of the problem. A number of options exist depending on whether you need to treat condensation, penetrating or rising damp; these may include installing a condensation control unit within the home, a damp proofing course in the foundations, or perhaps timber resin repairs when damp has affected the structure along with many other specialist options.
The quicker you act, the more affordable the treatment options are for dealing with damp in a property, and the less impact it will have on the overall value of the home.