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Managing Damp when Renovating

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  • 20-09-2016
Managing Damp when Renovating

When you renovate your home, it's important to pay attention to signs of damp. Here are a few tips to deal with damp while you are renovating your home. 

Damp can cause problems in a home. Not only does it negatively influence the appearance of a building, but it can reduce the value of your property. When you renovate your home, it's a good time to look for signs of damp to fix them promptly.

Keep in mind that older buildings need to breathe. They are often constructed from older materials that are much more absorbent. This means they are more susceptible to damp than modern buildings. You want to avoid moisture from being absorbed into walls, as this can cause damp problems.

When you renovate a building, look for defective rain fittings, cracks and leaking pipes. Also check gulleys on ground level. Moisture below the ground can cause rising damp above floor level. This will show up as dark moisture marks and can also be white deposits due to the salt content.

Penetrating damp is another issue you should look for. They are typically seen on west- and south-facing walls as they generally get less heat and sunlight. Moisture can move through cracks in the walls.

Condensation is another form of damp. It deposits small water droplets on various surfaces and mould grows on them. This is usually seen in bathrooms and kitchens. 

ProTecure specialises in professional damp proofing services in Bedfordshire. Contact us for a free assessment and quotation for your home or office.