Condensation and damp
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Cooking, bathing, and washing and drying clothes are all common causes of condensation, which happens when there is too much moisture in the air. If condensation occurs regularly, it can cause damp and mould.
You can prevent condensation by keeping your home heated and well ventilated and by closing the kitchen or bathroom door when you’re cooking, washing or bathing.
Try to dry clothes outside; if you must use radiators,
open a window.
Damp forms when a fault in the structure of the building lets water in from outside. The usual signs of damp are mould, a musty smell and in some cases tide marks and wet patches on the wall or ceiling.
There are two types of damp:
- Penetrating damp – water comes in through the walls or roof. This may be due to cracks in the plaster or loose roof tiles.
- Rising damp – problems with the building’s damp-proof course.
Most properties have a damp-proof course, a membrane built into the outside walls to stop moisture from the ground rising through the house.
You can help to prevent rising damp by ensuring your damp-proof course isn’t covered by soil.
If you think you have a problem with damp, please call our repairs line on 01952 217217.