Damp is a common issue for home improvement. Damp unlike other minor defects comes with a series of negativities. Among them include health supporting growth of mold that is definitely makes your home unhealthy. The aesthetic value of your home also diminishes. Structural integrity of your home may also be compromised and adversely where timber is the structural element used. It can also increase the need for repainting and regular cleaning. That said, damp is not the kind of problem you can tolerate. The best way to go is by watching out for any signs confirming presence of damp and then acting fast to get rid of it.
Signs of damp may appear in different speeds. You can rapidly see the signs of it after a flooding epidemic. Other times, it might take years for you to notice of a developing damp problem. To be on the safe side, you need to stay alert and don’t ignore any leads. So, what do you look at?
Mold on walls
Mold or mildew will never grow where there is no water. Moisture is an essential component of growth thanks to the basic primary school education. If you notice there are molds on either internal or external walls, you should be alarmed. The water must be coming from somewhere and is often a symptom of rising damp. It can be the roof up or the ground down causing rising damp. However small the mold patches may be, you need to act fast. The best damp removal service will eradicate the mold issue from the root.
A normal house will not have any weird smell. If you notice musty smell of mold and you have to use air fresheners to be comfortable in there, you might be having a damp problem. Musty smells come with molds. For mold to get to the level of giving out the smell that your nose is sensitive to, the problem can already be severe and hidden somewhere you may not be able to see with the bare eyes. You need a diagnoses service to detect where the mold is hiding.
Staining and patches on walls
The walls and the ceiling are the main elements that tell if damp problem does exist. If you notice stains or dark spots on either of them, don’t assume it. Any coverings you have on the walls can show signs of peeling off including the wallpapers. Paint blistering is also a worthy sign.
Different materials behave differently when exposed to constant moisture. For timber, it is obvious that decay will be the end result.
There is a lengthy list of signs you should look for. Others include rusting mortar crumbing away on the external facade and depreciating skirting boards.
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