Tips on How to Get Rid of Damp in the House
Caused by excessive moisture, damp and condensation in the home can not only be an eye-sore but can also be a detriment to your health. Find out why it’s so important to find the source and do what you can to get rid of it.
What are the Main Causes of Damp?
The leading causes of damp vary from quite big problems to relatively easy fixes. Whether you have a leaking pipe, rain entering your home through the roof, cracks in your windows or damp rising from your basement, identifying the source is the first step in getting rid of it in your home.
There are other causes too, which can be more easily prevented with a little consideration and change of behaviour.
Steam from Cooking
The kitchen can be one of the most damp prone rooms in the house. Both cooking and cleaning are daily activities; and the excessive moisture from steam, washing up and boiling kettles all contribute to a build-up of water on the walls and ceiling. Use lids on saucepans when possible, open windows to encourage airflow and install a ventilation system to take away any excess moisture.
Drying Clothes Inside
In the UK especially, drying your clothes anywhere but indoors can be a struggle, with unpredictable weather and in some cases, limited outdoor space. But the moisture released from drying clothes can cause an unwanted increase in moisture in your home, and this damp can create the perfect environment for mould to grow.
Condensation in Bathrooms
Likewise, with kitchens, the bathroom can be another problematic area. With daily showers and handwashing, there is a lot of excess water in this room of the house. The drastic difference in temperature can also increase the speed of the damage caused by damp, as hot steam and water hits cold walls and ceilings, it can very quickly and often instantly, turn into condensation. This condensation is then likely to sit and penetrate the walls or ceilings, increasing the likelihood of mould.
How Can You Get Rid of Damp?
There are several methods used to prevent and remove damp from your home. These include thoroughly cleaning and treating affected areas. As well as this, dehumidifying each room is a good preventative, alongside washing and thoroughly drying fabrics, sealing gaps and installing high ventilation.
If the damp has caused mould, extra precaution should be taken. Protect yourself with rubber gloves, a mask that covers your nose and mouth and googles. These safety measures are required as mould can affect our health in several ways, find out more in our recent blog.
Clean and Treat the Affected Areas
Mix a bucket of anti-mould treatment and water. Using a coarse brush, scrub the area, being careful not to apply too much water. Following this, get a sponge and soak up as much of the moisture as possible. Ensure the windows of the room are open while you do this, but the internal doors are closed, to prevent the damp or mould from reaching other rooms in the house.
Apply Anti-Mould Paint
Before applying anti-mould paint, rub down the surface with sandpaper and ensure it is both clean and dry to promote adhesion. There are two main benefits to anti-mould paint. It provides an insulating layer to the surface it is applied to which helps keep it at a higher temperature; this then delays the build-up of condensation. During high humidity levels, it can also absorb the moisture in the air, reducing the likelihood of droplets forming. When the humidity lowers again, it then releases the moisture as vapour.
Regularly Wipe and Dry Windows and Windowsills
A problem area within a home is often the windows and windowsills. Condensation can quickly build up on glass due to the varying temperatures on either side of the pane. Regularly and thoroughly clean and dry the windows and windowsills, to reduce the damp.
Dehumidify Each Room
Mould thrives in damp and humid areas. To reduce it in your home, one of the primary steps you can take is to lower the humidity levels. Dehumidifying each room within your property should prevent you from providing an idyllic environment for mould to grow, by reducing the moisture levels in the air.
Wash and Thoroughly Dry Fabrics
Fabrics can harbour damp, often without you noticing. If there’s moisture in the air, then it’s likely that any curtains, throws or pillows will also be affected. We recommend gathering all removable fabrics in your home and taking them to be professionally dry-cleaned. This is to ensure all moisture is removed from the fabric before you bring them back into the property.
Seal Gaps and Cracks
Internal or external – cracks come in all shapes and sizes! Unfortunately, when left exposed, these can be invites for damp to enter your property. As moisture seeps in, the moisture in the air is increased, and in turn, creates an environment where mould can grow. To prevent this from happening, seal any gaps and cracks, paying particular attention to the kitchen and bathroom.
Install High-Quality Ventilation Systems
The most effective ways of removing and preventing damp in a property are good ventilation and heating. Regularly open your windows to create an airflow and install extractor fans in problematic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Ensuring the temperature in your home remains constant is also a good preventative. Reducing drastic changes in temperature will prevent condensation from building up.
Do you have damp in your home? Are you looking for ways in which you can reduce or get rid of it? Call us on 01935414012 to find out which of our products are most suited to your damp or mould issue.