Older properties often have problems with damp due to the absence of a damp proof course.
Water is able to get into the property via cracks, defects and blockages: signs of penetrating damp include water marks on internal walls.
In order to deal with the damp problem yourself, first start by checking drainage pipes and gutters for blockages. By removing moss and dead leaves you may find that the damp problem rectifies itself quite simply. However, the problem may lie with the guttering, which, if it is old, may have to be replaced. Then, check the walls and window frames, and fill in any cracks. Finally, check to see if there are any loose slates on the roof as a leaking roof is often a common source of damp.
If there is excessive moisture in the property this can accumulate as condensation on cold walls. When this excessive moisture is unable to escape mould often appears and the property develops a musty, dank smell. In order to eliminate condensation make sure that you use extractor fans in areas subject to a lot of steam, for example; kitchens and bathrooms. In addition, it’s important to ensure that washing machines and tumble dryers are correctly installed, as incorrect installation can result in steam escaping.
The location and age of your property can contribute to problems with damp. Properties by the sea are vulnerable to damp as they are subject to larger quantities of moisture on external walls. In addition, if your property is over 100 years old it may not have had a damp proof course, or an existing damp proof course could have become ineffective over the years. In this case, it’s important that you find a reliable damp proof specialist who can suggest and install a professional damp proof course.