We at Rentify like to compare damp to everyone’s beloved Great Aunt Edith. Nobody likes her much but there she is, hovering in the corner of every room at each family party. She’s not enough of a problem to make a fuss over, so we let her stay, until someone complains.
As a landlord, taking care of damp is your responsibility and the sooner you address the issue, the easier it will be to fix.
Did you know that there are 3 main types of damp?
Rising damp is characterised by mould near floorboards. It is caused by water entering the housing structure from the ground.
Penetrating damp is found near the tops of walls and/or on ceilings.
Condensation damp occurs as a result of condensation and is the most common type.
Rentify’s Top 3 Tips for Dealing with Damp:
Try this before calling an expert:
1. Eliminate condensation. Is there condensation on any surfaces in your property? Mould thrives on moisture. Mopping up any condensation and ensuring proper airflow will make it harder for mould to grow.
If this doesn’t eliminate the problem, you probably have a case of rising or penetrating damp:
2. If you’ve got a rising damp problem you’ll need to call a damp specialist. To avoid damp you’ll need to invest in a damp proof course. Shop around for the best rates but be sure to choose one that has at least a 20 year guarantee – it will increase the value of your property – and one that is backed by the Property Care Association (PCA)
3. Penetrating damp can be a little trickier to solve. Prevent future leaks by resealing doors and windows and spraying water sealant on your walls. You can purchase these materials at a hardware store.
Stay tuned for more tips on caring for your property.