Causes and Solutions to Moisture Issues in a House

If you have issues with moisture in your house, then you may need someone trained in damp proofing to make repairs and prevent further issues with it. There are three types of damp:

  • Rising
  • Penetrating
  • Condensation

Here are some of the ways that these problems can be handled and corrected to prevent further problems with moisture.

Rising Damp

Rising damp occurs when ground water penetrates the brick, concrete, or mortar of the foundation. The water will travel, or rise, up the walls and then leave salt deposits on them, which will cause the walls to dry out and attract more moisture. To correct this issue, a company that does trusted damp proof in Buckhurst Hill can inject a chemical damp-proof course to repel water or a membrane can be added to prevent moisture from penetrating your home.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is caused by any water that gets into your house. It can come from rain leaking from a damaged roof, water coming in due to ill-fitting window or door frames, or leaking pipes.

Penetrating damp is treated by finding the source and making repairs including adding membrane to roofs, caulking around doors and windows, or fixing the plumbing. It’s important to replace damp plasterboard to keep mould from forming and spreading throughout your house.

Condensation

Condensation is caused when warm moist air meets cold air or a cold surface and it cannot retain the moisture. The moisture is then transferred to the cold air or surface, causing condensation. This is a common problem around windows that can be prevented by replacing single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane windows as they do not allow cold outside air to meet warm indoor air.

Moisture can cause extensive damage so the source needs to be found and the problem corrected.

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