There are 6 different types of damps that you should be aware of in case your home ever suffers from any of them. It’s not uncommon for your house to be affected by any of the six or a combination of the them. Each type of damp requires different treatment so it is important to understand what to look out for.
Below we have provided a list key features regarding each damp type.
Condensation is the most common form of damp and can be caused by poor ventilation. It occurs when moist air hits cold surfaces and then condenses on them surfaces. Here’s what to look out for:
Rising damp is when water from the ground underneath or next to your walls rises up through the bricks and mortar of a building by capillary action (where water is sucked through a small opening such as a tube or hole).
Penetrating damp can be caused by the lack of an escape route for moisture entering the structure, or an increase in moisture that overloads the escape route.
Chemical damp can be caused by contamination of the plaster with hygroscopic salts. The salts absorb moisture directly from the air. This could have occurred when the house was built, or have happened at any time since for a variety of reasons.
Damp from poor plumbing normally takes effect because of the type of metal being used in the plumbing itself. It can be corrosion of the plumbing or joints that were not fully watertight when new.
This can be caused by deep moisture within a building trying to make its way out. It can take months or even years to fully dry.
We hope our article will give you a little insight on how to spot the different types of damp so you can get it sorted out quickly before it spreads and causes more problems for you later on.
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