How can you identify damp in the house?
In every house where people live, humidity can be found. Even in your house. People cook and shower, breathe and sweat. These are all sources of humidity that can enter the property. Normal humidity in itself is not bad, but it is important that the humidity can escape to the outside. This can be done by, for example, ventilating. Apart from these daily sources, there are other ways that humidity can enter the property- for example rainwater entering through cracks of the house or rising damp. In most cases, you don’t even notice this, but this can cause the humidity level to exceed 60%. When this happens, it can have direct consequences for the health and condition of the house. But how do you know if your house is too humid?
Condensation on the windows
Are the windows of the house fogged up regularly? That’s a clear sign that there are high levels of humidity in the house. The warm and humid air is cooled down by the cold glass of the windows and this creates condensation. If this happens in both summer and winter, then there is certainly a structural damp problem in the house. The best thing you can do then is to call in a damp specialist- they can perhaps find out what causes the high humidity levels in the house.
Damp spots and mould on the wall
If the damp cannot leave the house, it is usually reflected in the walls of the house. In most cases the damp can be seen in the corners of a room. Do you see damp spots on the walls, or mould on the wall or do some pieces of wallpaper come loose? Then you can bet on the fact that you are having a damp problem. In most cases, damp problems are not resolved on their own. Especially when damp is rising in the wall, it is important to call in the services of a damp control specialist.
The floor in the house warps
When the subfloor of the house is too damp, the wooden floors and laminate tend to warp. Subfloor damp is often obvious because cracks appear between the floorboards. Also, when you walk across the floor, you can sometimes hear that something is wrong, which is indicative of a damp problem. One of the most common causes is that the insulation of the subfloor is not good, causing the damp in the soil to be drawn upwards. You should get these sorts of problems checked by a damp specialist.
A musty smell in the house
The signs of high humidity in the house are not only visible on the floor or on the walls, often you can smell that something is not right. The air can smell pungent, stale and musty. The smell kind of reminds you of an old cellar. Do you smell and notice a stale smell in the house? Then we advise you to have something done about it pretty soon. Not only is the musty smell not fine, but it also gets into your clothes and furniture. That’s something you certainly don’t want.
Call in a specialist for a damp survey
Are you unsure if there’s a damp problem in the house? Are there any visible signs? If there are, then it is certainly important to call in a damp specialist to look for the cause. The signs that have been mentioned only occur when the humidity in the air is too high. When the humidity level is constantly too high and cannot be solved by quickly opening a window and letting the house ventilate, it’s necessary to call in a damp specialist. SmartDry’s method is durable and ensures that all excess damp is removed from the house. Want to know more? Feel free to contact us or book a free damp survey.
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