Elemental factors can be a danger to homeowners around the globe. While most places endure several of these pain points, homes in the UK suffer predominantly from damp weather. Constant humidity can cause severe issues in any home, so today, I’ll touch a bit on the ways you can protect yourself and your house from the weather.
Understand the Causes
The first step to solving any issue is understanding what exactly is causing the problem. Dampness is not as simple as “water buildup in the home”; instead, it can appear as three separate issues:
- Poor ventilation or heating, causing stagnant air and water buildup in the form of condensation,
- Water rising from the floor, causing wetness near lower walls and baseboards, or
- Dampness coming through the walls, indicating a lack of protection within the walls themselves.
These issues can all be serious, but paying attention to signs can allow you to fix the problems before they get out of control.
Most people don’t realise what poor circulation is like until they’ve experienced it for themselves. If you notice your produce is rotting quickly or your bread is growing mould in a short period of time, you may lack ventilation in your kitchen. This is amplified when not ventilating properly while cooking, as steam can cause severe damage over time. Not running a fan while taking a shower can also cause an increase in humidity. Whether you live in a small flat or a vast house, you’ll notice that these problems add up quickly.
Luckily, the solution can be quite simple. Improve circulation where possible. Run fans as needed or open windows and doors to let the fresh air in and remove the stale, damp air. However, this is not something you could do 24/7. Therefore, you should also…
A great solution to a stagnant room is to plug in a dehumidifier and let it run. By taking in damp air and collecting the separated water, you’ll soon be left with a home you can breathe in. Just remember to empty out the collection bin once it’s full. Otherwise, your home will soon return to its former state.
Look into the Walls
Walls can be a breeding ground for all varieties of mould, which means you should check into them right away. Spots in the middle of the wall could indicate poor insulation, while growths near the ceiling could be a sign of a roof leak. When in doubt, call a structural engineer to look inside the walls and provide insight on whether anything needs to be fixed or replaced.
Dampness is to be taken seriously, as the repercussions of ignoring it can be devastating. If you have encountered signs of damage, or want to take extra precautions, follow the steps above to ensure your home is protected against the humid weather.