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There are a variety of problems that can crop up with your home. One of the most troublesome, is damp. Damp can happen in any home and whilst it may be easy to clean off, long-term it can be difficult to treat and prevent.
That said, there are things that you can do to try and reduce the amount of damp or the risk of damp that can develop in your home. So, in order to help you to tackle the damp and have your home looking and feeling fresh and clean, we have put together 5 of the best steps that you can take to reduce damp in your home.
5 Steps to Take to Reduce Damp in Your Home
Heating your home is one way that you can try to remove the risk of damp and one of the most economical and effective way to heat your home comes with underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is not only going to warm your home, which helps with damp, but it also can improve the chances of rising or penetrating damp (which will come from the ground) taking a hold in that room.
Underfloor heating is not only effective in heating your home, but, for those who are concerned about the rising cost of energy, they are also a cost effective method too, and as it is important to keep your home at a constant temperature in order to combat damp, this is great news for you.
Make sure that the outside of your home is in good condition
Whilst damp may cause a problem inside your home, it very often is caused by problems on the exterior of the house. This means that you need to do your best to make sure that the exterior of your home is in tip top condition.
A great place to start is with your roof, which you should check for damage. Next you may want to move down to your gutters, ensuring that they are cleaned out on a regular basis, as well as repaired when they need it. It is also a good idea to inspect the pointing of your exterior brickwork, and if you notice that your mortar is crumbling, it might be time to contact a specialist.
Keep your home well-ventilated
As moisture is one of the biggest causes of damp in your home, it makes sense that a great way to combat it is to ensure that your home is always well-ventilated. This will give the moisture a way to escape and will cut down on the amount of condensation that is in your home, and then, hopefully the damp issues too.
It is vital that your washing machines and tumble dryers are vented correctly in order to allow the warm air to escape from these appliances. You should also install an extractor fan in both kitchens and bathrooms as these are the rooms that produce the most moist and warm air.
You should, where possible, also aim to have your windows open as much as possible. This isn’t always the most pleasant thing to have to do during the winter months, but if you can bear it, you still should do this too.
Be careful when you are cooking
Cooking is something that we all need to do on a daily basis, however, cooking could be a cause of your damp problems without you even realising it. When you boil up pans on the stove, or when you boil a kettle, you are going to produce steam. This steam will then make its way into the air in your kitchen and could be causing some damp issues.
Of course, you can’t stop cooking, particularly when you have a hungry family to feed, which means that you might want to find a way to cut down on the amount of moisture that gets into the air when you cook? It is a good idea to put lids on your pans as this will slow down the release od steam. It is also a good idea to turn on your cooker hood, which will take away the damp air.
Install a dehumidifier
Despite your best efforts, sometimes you may find that there isn’t much that you can do about the moisture in your home. If this is true for you, and you still want to do your best to reduce the risk of damp, then it may be a wise investment to buy a dehumidifier. This will take away the moisture in the air throughout your home and not only reduce the risk of damp, but also make sure that the air feels comfortable too.
When damp takes a hold of your home, it can be incredibly hard to fix. This means that one of the best approaches that you can take is to prevent damp from developing. Hopefully, these tips have helped with your own damp prevention and can help you to have a healthy and well looked after home.