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Damp in the Home Advice Q&A

Symptoms

 

Possible causes

Treatment(s)

Water on the inside of windows and glass

Condensation

 

Failed or poorly fitting windows or frames

Humidistat fan to reduce condensation

 

Add trickle vents or replace windows

 

Passive ventilation

Damp and mould on internal walls (above 1.2m)

Condensation

 

Penetrating damp

 

Rising damp (if ground level outside is higher than inside)

Add better ventilation / extraction

 

Membrane damp proofing

 

Cavity drain system

 

Chemical render system

Damp and mould on internal walls (up to 1.2m)

 

Rising damp

 

Lack or failure of DPC (damp proof course)

 

Penetrating damp (if ground level outside is higher than inside)

Integrated membrane damp proofing system, replace or install new DPC if required

 

Damp proofing injection and chemical render damp proofing system

"Salt lines" on walls

 

Decaying skirting boards

Damp patches on exterior brickwork

Bricks porous, or failed pointing

Treat with silicone based rainproofing system

 

Repair pointing

Damp, musty smell but no visible signs of water

Growth of damp spores behind stud walls

Membrane damp proofing system, or chemical render damp proofing system

Damp in stone properties or solid-walled buildings

Lack or failure of adequate DPC

Rising and/or penetrating damp

Membrane damp proofing system using Oldroyd Xv Membrane to retain character and curves of old feature walls

Chemical render / cementitious tanking

Damp, musty basement

Disused underground spaces are particularly susceptible to severe damp problems and need expert treatment

Cavity drain system with sump and pump to allow easy egress of water and keep the area warm, dry and habitable.

Always consult a dedicated basement conversion / damp specialist before starting works.

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