Ventilating your home is a crucial aspect of maintaining its structural integrity and ensuring the continued health of your family. Damp in the home is caused by a number of factors, most commonly the seepage of moisture from the soil into the building structure. Damage to the structure of the building, often due to poor maintenance, can also lead to moisture entering the building, which can have negative long term consequences for its integrity. Symptoms of damp include flaking paint and plaster, crumbling brickwork, stonework and mortar as well as timber decay. Damp is usually accompanied by a musty odour, as well as mould and mildew - so bear this in mind.
There are chemical and physical methods of eliminating damp. Physical methods involve the replacement of existing brickwork, together with a damp proof material or course. One chemical method involves the insertion of a plastic membrane into a section of brick or mortar, which acts as a barrier to further moisture penetration. There are also other methods which include sub-floor extraction fans and dehumidifiers, which are both aimed at minimising the impact of moisture in the home.
A little knowledge goes a long way with regard to damp, so follow these simple guidelines to ensure your home remains damp free:
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