Preventing Damp in Your Beaconsfield Home

We live in a country where it could rain on every day of the year. There are a myriad of ways in which this moisture can get into our homes. In addition, we produce moisture in the form of steam when we shower, cook or boil the kettle. It is therefore not surprising that many households have faced a problem with damp at some point.

A property can be exposed to considerable damp problems before the signs are easy to spot. It can then need an expert’s assessment to determine the issue and work to fix the problem. This can be an unwelcome expense, so as always, prevention is preferable to cure.

When signs of damp are spotted, it is typically in the form of damp patches on the walls or the formation of mould spores. Damp problems can be a particular problem for people with respiratory conditions, allergies, asthma and weak immunity and it can escalate their symptoms.

What Can We Do To Prevent Damp?

Firstly, it can be useful to know that damp is either rising from the ground up, penetrating where water gains access often due to building or plumbing issues, or in the form of condensation. New or old, large or small, any property can be affected.

In the majority of homes, a damp proof course is applied. This is a strip of plastic or slate which runs horizontally around the lower half of the building to prevent rising damp. If you are unsure if your home has a damp proof course, you can get a builder to check your property and quote to undertake the work if not.

Maintenance of gutters and drains is an effective way of preventing damp. By regularly clearing out any blockages, you allow water to flow away rather than build up. Checking your gutters also helps with the early identification of cracks and other damage that can cause water to constantly drip onto exterior walls.

For a similar reason, it can be valuable to undertake an annual check of your roof. You can visually check the outside for missing or damaged tiles, as well as going up into the loft to see if there are any obvious signs that water is getting in. A roof repair might not be cheap, but the problem will only get worse and more expensive to fix if it is left.

Reducing Condensation

Condensation is caused when warm air meets a cold surface. There are many causes of condensation in the home and also plenty of ways in which we can reduce it and its impact.

Firstly, ventilation is important. Your home will have natural ventilation, such as air bricks and chimneys, so it is important that these aren’t blocked up of covered. The easiest way to ventilate your home is by opening the windows and let the air circulate.

The kitchen is a primary cause of condensation. If you are cooking on the stove, put the lid on pots and pans to prevent steam escaping and make use of the extractor fan. Leave the dishwasher to cool down before you open the door to unload and don’t leave the hot tap running longer than necessary.

The bathroom is another room where moisture easily builds up. Make sure that you use the fan to help ventilate the room. It can also help to keep the bathroom door closed when you are in the shower or running a bath, as this will contain the moisture in one room. An open window can soon clear the air.

Another common cause of condensation is drying washing on the radiators. Whenever possible, hang your washing out to dry. This prevents the build-up of moisture indoors, helps to keep your washing smelling fresh and a good breeze also helps the creases to drop out, so you have less need for ironing.

Double Glazed Windows

Double glazed windows are an effective method of reducing condensation in the home. The inner and outside panes are separate, with the inner pane remaining near room temperature and the outer pane at air temperature. As the two don’t meet, condensation becomes far less of a problem.

Modern double glazed windows also include built in ventilation vents. These can be opened to allow air to circulate. For security reasons, this is better than opening a window, particularly when you are going out. In addition to reducing damp and increasing security, double glazed windows help to retain heat and provide sound insulation to reduce the impact of road noise.

If you would like to find out more about fitting or replacing double glazed windows, Beaconsfield and surrounding areas of South Buckinghamshire are served by Cherwell Windows Let us help you to undertake effective damp prevention measures.