Damp. It’s such an innocuous little word, it means “Slightly wet” nothing wrong with that, “her hair was damp after the shower”, “the clothes were still damp when hung on the washing line to dry”. Context is key. The word has a very different connotation when you use it like this “the walls of the living room were damp and cold”, “you could plainly see the stains left by the damp in the wallpaper”. Not nice.
Damp is one of the most serious problems you can have in a home, often times it lurks unseen and usually by the time it shows itself, it’s too late and the repair bill can run to thousands of pounds. There is also another problem that arises from damp and that is mould. If left untreated, it can, in extreme cases, kill. Mould projects microscopic spores that are breathed in and lodge on the mucus linings of the lungs and can lead to respiratory problems like Asthma.
Over the next few posts, I am going to outline some ways to identify and treat damp and mould that are inexpensive and can be done by yourself.
To get started, we have a government issued leaflet that you can download free from a dedicated section of our website devoted to damp and it’s treatment (Click Here For the leaflet), it offers helpful tips and advice.