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What are the first signs of damp in a house?

What are the first signs of damp in a house?

Some of the common signs of damp inside a house include:

  • A damp and musty smell.
  • The appearance of mould or mildew on walls, floors or ceilings.
  • Walls, floors or ceilings that feel cold or damp.
  • Dark or discoloured patches on walls or plaster.
  • Lifting or peeling wallpaper.
  • Excessive condensation on windows.

How do you determine cause of damp?

Try the foil test Dry the wall surface with a fan heater, then tape some kitchen foil tightly over the damp area. If the surface of the foil is wet after 24 hours, you have condensation. If the foil is dry but the wall surface beneath it is damp, you have rising or penetrating damp.

How do surveyors check for damp?

As we mentioned earlier, surveyors will do a visual check for damp and will also check using a handheld moisture meter. The meter will indicate to your surveyor if the moisture in the walls is higher than it should be.

What damp feels like?

Carefully and methodically feeling different areas on your walls, floors and ceilings is a good way to check for any dampness as damp surfaces tend to feel unnaturally cool and damp.

Can damp be fixed?

The problem can be solved by digging away excess soil on the exterior side of the damp wall to below the level of the damp-proof course. You could do this yourself, or you could get a professional to do it.

What causes damp in bedrooms?

Condensation is the most common cause of damp in many houses, in particular in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. It occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with cold surfaces causing water to be deposited on the surface.

Do surveyors check boilers?

The Surveyors are not usually gas engineers and as such cannot test appliances such as the boiler and hot water system. They tend to add a one line along the lines of ‘specialist tests are recommended for gas and electrical installations’.

How do surveyors check for woodworm?

The best way to assess whether your wooden structures are still the site of an active infestation is to examine the outside of exit holes for evidence of ‘frass’. This is a fine powdery substance that looks similar to sawdust, but is in fact Woodworm droppings.

How can I tell if my house is getting damp?

Signs of rising damp. If you’re worried that rising damp could be a problem, there are some particular signs that you can look out for. These include: Damp patches that start at the base of a wall and gradually move upwards, in a vertical fashion. Skirting boards or plaster that is damp or rotting.

Where to look for signs of rising damp?

Penetrating damp tends to move horizontally across walls or ceilings, whereas rising damp moves vertically up walls. If you’re worried that rising damp could be a problem, there are some particular signs that you can look out for. These include: Damp patches that start at the base of a wall and gradually move upwards, in a vertical fashion

How can you tell the difference between damp and penetrating damp?

Unlike rising damp, penetrating damp can occur on any level of the property. There are several causes of penetrating damp with the most common being leaking pipes or poor brickwork. It may also be the result of gaps or damage to windows or doors. A common sign of penetrating damp is damp patches on the wall that do not go away.

Are there different ways to diagnose damp problems?

Thankfully, there are a number of different visual indicators for the different causes of damp and condensation problems which can help you a great deal in diagnosing damp problems and fixing them – we will discuss each one here.