Combat the cold weather with our guide on how to keep your home damp-proof…
As the days get colder, you may start to notice your windows collecting condensation, or even mould starting to appear in certain corners of the house.
From poor ventilation to leaky roofs, there are loads of reasons why this could be happening, and it can be quite a common problem to deal with. However, it's always best to address this as soon as you notice any mould, damp, or condensation, otherwise you could be faced with a hefty repair job if it is linked to something more serious!
Rule No.1: Solve and prevent damp issues early
Sourcing any potential damp issues early can save you lots of money in the long-term. The sooner the issue is resolved means less damage is done to your property, which ultimately means less money is needed to repair it.
Whether you’ve noticed the beginning of damp issues affecting your home or you just want to stay on top of it, here are some things to start looking out for:
1. Inspect your roof
Missing or damaged tiles on your roof can cause leaks to enter your property, and catching this early will limit the damage to your roof.
Before winter arrives, inspect both the internal and external sides of your roof for leaks. This will also prevent more serious damp issues further down the line.
2. Look for other leaks
During winter, the cold weather can cause our water pipes to crack, which can lead to leaks in our property and other damp problems. One way of preventing this is to wrap external pipes with insulation.
In the event that your water does freeze, you'll need to make sure it doesn't crack your pipes. To fix it, applying boiling water to the pipe, this will unfreeze the water if this is the case.
Rule No.2: Ventilate your home
During winter, keeping the cold elements at bay by shutting all of the windows and doors seems like the obvious thing to do.
However, although this may keep your house nice and warm, allowing fresh air to enter and flow through your property can prevent damp problems.
This doesn’t mean opening your windows or doors all day long, but occasionally opening a window or door, even just on a trickle vent, will make a difference. This is especially important when you are cooking, showering, or drying clothes.
Rule No.3: Use your heating
Although most of us won’t need any convincing to keep the heating on throughout winter, it’s important to have the heating on in your home at regular intervals, even if you aren’t home.
As well as keeping us warm, heating stops damp and condensation forming in our properties. If you keep your property warm with fresh air and ventilation, this should prevent any damp issues arising in your home this winter.
For more damp-prevention tips, head to www.watertight-homes.co.uk.