Top tips for preventing damp in your home

With summer having drawn to a close and the colder months quickly approaching, protecting your home from the issues these wet and icy seasons bring might be something you’re thinking about.

One of the most problematic issues we may face in our homes is the accumulation of excess moisture in the air during the winter months. Although precautions to avoid damp should be taken throughout the year, warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, so it needs to escape somewhere. This can result in damp, as the moisture finds its way into fixtures around the home. This can be problematic, causing bad smells, or at worst, health issues from the dreaded black mould.

In this blog post, we’ll be giving our top tips for preventing your home from damp – something which is especially important as the cold seasons begin to take effect.

Heating and Insulation

Condensation build-up is at its worst when in cold environments, so making sure that your home stays warm (even when nobody’s home!) is a fool-proof way to avoid damp during the colder months. Keeping your home warm gives little to no opportunity for moisture to dwell and become an issue, so control the temperate of your house wisely to avoid.

A well-insulated home will not only improve your homes energy efficiency rating, but it’s also key to preventing water from getting into the home. Thin walls will allow for easier absorption of moisture, so if your home is poorly insulated in certain areas, it may be worth tackling this if your home becomes affected by damp. Homes near the sea or large bodies of water may be at a higher risk of having moisture penetrate, so take extra care if your property is in an area more prone to condensation.

Tackling condensation

There are a few preventative measures you may want to take when doing daily household tasks.

Covering pans where possible when cooking is a good measure to take to prevent damp in the kitchen. This may be especially important if you do not have an extractor fan to filter out the condensation generated from cooking.

Drying clothes inside your home can also cause damp, as the condensation finds its way into the air. Make sure that a window is kept open, or an appropriate fan is running in the room the clothes are drying in to filter it out. Keep in mind that drying clothes on radiators can be especially problematic without good ventilation, as the moisture from clothing will be released quicker.

Let some air in

Preventing damp is tricky. It thrives in poorly-ventilated spaces in the wet and cold months, which is awkwardly the same months where opening windows and letting the cold air in is not ideal.

However, airing out rooms (even throughout the winter months!) is very likely to save you from running into issues with damp later down the line. You need not keep the windows open all day, but giving excess moisture in the room the opportunity to escape from time-to-time will help. Combining this with a well-heated home, the cold air let in should quickly warm up once the windows are closed again.

Guttering and Exterior Defects

Being particularly cautious of how your home manages rainfall will increase your chances of moisture getting into your home.

Blocked or defected gutters may not properly filter out water from the exterior of your home, and possibly allow it to wear away at walls and make its way into cracks. If you do notice any rainwater streaming down the side of your property, it’s certainly worth taking action before it becomes an expensive problem.

We hope you have found our tips useful and if you are looking for further property advice, do feel free to get in touch with our team.