30 Nov 2017
While the jury is still out on recent claims that there’s no such thing as rising damp, the reality is that water damage to property does occur. This could be from a lack of adequate waterproofing in a building’s foundations, constant exposure to condensation, humidity and penetrating damp, or a builder’s non-compliance with new building regulations.
Water damage and rising damp not only makes walls structurally unsafe, but resultant black mold is a serious health risk. The damage that condensation and/or ‘rising damp’ can cause – peeling wallpaper, tide marks, salt deposits, and decaying skirting boards – is also quite unsightly. In addition, penetrating damp and mold both have a rather distinct and unpleasant smell.
Condensation on walls results from poor heating and ventilation in a home, coupled with high humidity levels from everyday activities, like cooking, showering, drying laundry and boiling a kettle.
The following are some hacks to combat lingering damp and mold.
Whether its rising damp from a damaged Damp Proof Course, a leaking water pipe, or inadequate ventilation in your home that’s causing damp and mold problems, the first thing you’ll need to do is identify the actual cause of the issue and fix it.
You’ll then need to clean off any existing mold (using gloves and a suitable cleaning agent and face mask), re-plaster salt-contaminated walls, and replace decaying skirting boards and peeling wall paper to bring your home back to tip-top shape.
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