Damp is the enemy of the attentive homemaker. This is because even those who run their household with care and attention can often have damp sneak up on them while unaware. It grows relatively slowly, but can strike in almost all corners of the house. Furthermore, it’s not always so easy to detect the conditions conducive to damp growth, and so taking the time to inspect and detect it is always a chore.
So, what broader strokes can we use to prevent damp in the first place, rather than trying to cure it? After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and damp is not something you hope to risk even in small amounts. This is especially true if you have young children or elderly people in your home, as the toxins it can release may cause respiratory and skin irritations in an otherwise clean home.
We don’t have to tell you why that may be an unwanted outcome.
With the following advice – you’re sure to subvert that experience entirely.
Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate
It’s essential to ventilate your home, because otherwise hot air or moisture will become trapped in the corners of your room. This leads to damp, and it can only take a week of bad ventilation for the noticeable effects of this to occur. This is why every room in the house must be ventilated. Opening a window or clicking it into its locked ventilation position is important. Air bricks can help ventilate the bathrooms or kitchens in your home. Air purifiers and fans can help move the air. This helps prevent damp from occurring and recurring.
Keep The Space Dry
It’s important to keep your home spaces dry, or as dry as you can within reason, so that moisture doesn’t rise and cause problems. Think of the wettest possible room you could have, a bathroom. Moreover, define this as a ‘wet room,’ with tiled flooring instead of a shower basin. If you’re not spending the time after each shower squeegeeing that water down the drain, you’ll find that it sticks around. Heated floors do not solve the problem, because that only evaporates the moisture, it doesn’t get rid of it. With examples like this, you can inspect potential issues before they begin.
Insulate your home in the best manner. This might mean learning methods for keeping a dry crawl space, or it might mean replacing your roofing felt, or once again reapplying the sealant in your window archies, and more. Insulation can seem like a means of ruining your ventilation, but that’s not true, instead it directs that ventilation to where it should go. This also helps you avoid trapped moisture and more, which as we discussed, can lead to negative outcomes.
With that in mind, you’re much more likely to prevent damp in your home. However, remember that this is the work of a lifetime as a homeowner, and must be inspected with relative frequency.