Damp Problems

Detecting and Dealing With Dampness in Caravans

It’s important to deal with a damp caravan as quickly as possible. Because the space is so small and because mould growth can damage the materials from which it’s made, caravan damp repairs are not to be put off. Testing can be done on your own or you may need to consult a professional to find areas of repair needed.

Detecting Damp in Caravans

You may notice caravan damp spots when you use your caravan, and this can tell you if you need repairs or cleaning. It’s also good to consider looking for damp in caravans after each use, especially if you’ve used it in a very humid or tropical area or have tracked mud and moisture back into the caravan. Cracks and loose screws can allow moisture to build up, so note these areas which may be of special concern.

A good caravan damp tester can also be used to find damp in caravans and note if repairs are needed. Typically this will work around the roof and dark corners of the caravan, and in the underside if it has storage in this area. If your caravan does not come with a damp detector, you can easily find one online and install it yourself.

Caravan Damp Repairs

In some cases the caravan may need to be completely stripped down so that the damp in caravans can be repaired. Panels may need to be replaced after areas are cleaned. Small parts may also need to be replaced, if screws have become loose and have allowed moisture to seep in.

Larger caravan damp repairs should not be made on your own since the caravan may need some disassembling for proper repairs. Small caravan damp repair may include a wipe down of affected areas and a dehumidifier may be purchased to keep it in good repair.

Posted by admin - June 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

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Damp Walls – Testing and Treating Internal Walls for Dampness

If you have damp walls it’s important you treat this problem quickly and effectively.  A damp wall may be harbouring condensation on the other side which in turn leads to mould build-up and other serious problems.  This can damage your building materials so that they need to be replaced and is also hazardous to your health.  Treating damp walls is not difficult if you understand how it occurs and know the best DIY products to use for damp walls and condensation, and to keep wall damp from returning.

Causes of Damp and Dampness On or In Walls

There are a few reasons why you may have damp walls, and these are important to consider before you start treating damp walls.  If you simply paint over dampness in walls or clean up mould growth without pinpointing the cause of damp on walls, you’ll be doing this job again and again.  Treating the cause is the only way to address the problem long-term.

One reason for damp internal walls is condensation.  This is when moisture in the air becomes solid, forming water droplets, and then clings to surfaces.  Condensation is typically found when moisture in warm air meets a cold surface; you may notice it on the outside of soda bottles after they’ve been out of the refrigerator for several minutes, or it may form on basement walls as they are often cooler than the air around them.  Light causes moisture to evaporate, so when a home is dark or spaces such as basements and cellars are dark, this causes condensation to form.

Leaking pipes behind the walls can also cause condensation as the pipes are typically cooler than the air around them, so the water condenses on the pipes rather than evaporating.  This can also cause this moisture to collect on the walls around the pipes and in turn, cause mould build-up and damage to the building materials.

Treating Damp Walls Caused by Condensation

The first step in treating damp walls and condensation is to consider the cause of condensation.  If you have leaking pipes these should be replaced immediately.  Leaking pipes are a sign of old plumbing and if one leaks, you may want to consider the risk of others leaking as well.  If the plumbing is sound then connections may need to be reinforced so you don’t have damp walls and condensation.

Damp walls are also often caused by dampness in the home; products can be used to collect moisture and humidity in basements, baths, and other dark areas where it may collect.  DampRid has a full line of products that are safe and easy to use and which collect moisture in small spaces such as closets or large spaces such as your entire cellar.  When you check with a professional as to how to treat damp walls, many will suggest these products in your home for maximum protection.

Painting Over Black Damp on Walls

Painting damp walls with anti damp paint is another way of treating damp on walls.  This type of paint dries thicker and harder than normal paint, so that it’s not as porous and therefore not as hospitable for condensation.  Before you start painting on damp walls you must remove any mould that has built up already, as painting over it on one side of a wall will still allow it to grow on the other side of the wall.  It’s also good to get damp testing done first so you know the extent of any damage done to walls by the mould build-up and to see if materials themselves need to be replaced.

Some anti damp paints come in various colours but others are just white and should be used as a base or primer for the wall.  Some are meant for interior walls and others are designed for exterior spaces such as along the foundation.  Be sure you choose the right anti damp paint and prepare your surface as you would when applying any type of paint; clean and dry it thoroughly so the paint adheres as it should and gives you a smooth finish.

If you have severe problems with dampness in the walls then you need to call a professional or specialist.  He or she can perform damp rising tests and tests for leaks to determine the best approach to your damp walls and to ensure you’re addressing the cause of excessive moisture, not just covering up the problem.  This will save you hundreds if not thousands in repair bills down the road, and may even preserve the structure of your property and your family’s health if it means keeping mould from growing around and behind damp walls.  A damp specialist will also ensure that you get a professional paint job and preserve your home’s structure if more work needs to be done to address dampness.

Posted by admin - June 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

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Damp Health Risks – Diseases, Bugs, and Mites

Especially in old homes and buildings, extra and unwanted moisture can creep into the house, causing many harmful side effects to residents within the building.  Damp health risks include developing diseases, your home being infested with mites, and unwanted bugs crawling around the house.  Damp buildings can cause a vast amount of health issues.

Damp Spores

Damp spores are one side effect of having a damp home.  These spores, otherwise known as mould, grow on the inside of the home and can cause serious health effects for those living within the home.  The respiratory system is the main system of the body that is affected by these damp spores.  People within the building breathe in these moulds caused by the dampness and in this way the moulds are able to affect their breathing, therefore affecting everyday tasks performed by these people.  Other effects of these spores are constant headaches, red eyes, sneezing, and constant coughing.  If a person in the infected building is asthmatic, the damp spores can be especially harmful in that they can cause asthma attacks to occur on a regular basis due to the moulds getting into their respiratory system.

Damping Off Disease

Another effect of having a damp home is damping off diseases.  Damping off diseases are ailments that are caused by a fungus that can kill seeds or seedlings either before or after they germinate.  There are many different types of damping off diseases including black root rot and miscellaneous fungi.  These damping off diseases are caused by excess moisture around the area of growth, and cause rotting of plants.  Damping off disease has caused massive loss of crops and can potentially cause minor famines of certain crops if the problem is not taken care of.  These diseases also cause certain moulds to grow around crops and flowers if it becomes an ongoing problem.  Living things that are exposed to these damping off diseases are also harmfully affected.

Damp Bugs

Damp homes can also attract some unwanted visitors if the problem is left unattended for long enough.  Damp bugs are bugs which are attracted to damp homes, or homes which are rich in moisture.  Especially in older homes and in basements of older buildings, bugs have been known to crawl around places where moisture has become a problem.  These bugs are not only gross, but many can carry certain diseases which can affect the members of the household, or the people within the building.  Bugs in the home can also affect people with allergies if they come into close contact with them.  Unless this problem is taken care of, the bug problem can become a major infestation.

Damp Mites

One of the last major effects of a damp mould is a damp mite.  Mites are small organisms which are sometimes bug-like.  These small organisms can bite and infect humans with different types of harmful diseases.  These damp mites come around as a result of excess and unwanted moisture in the house.  As with most organisms, people with allergies are at an especially high risk from these damp mites.  Unless the problem is handled quickly and efficiently, dust mites can spread all over the home.

Posted by admin - June 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

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Caravan Damp – Detecting & Dealing With Damp in Caravans

It’s important to deal with a damp caravan as quickly as possible. Because the space is so small and because mould growth can damage the materials from which it’s made, caravan damp repairs are not to be put off. Testing can be done on your own or you may need to consult a professional to find areas of repair needed.

Detecting Damp in Caravans

You may notice caravan damp spots when you use your caravan, and this can tell you if you need repairs or cleaning. It’s also good to consider looking for damp in caravans after each use, especially if you’ve used it in a very humid or tropical area or have tracked mud and moisture back into the caravan. Cracks and loose screws can allow moisture to build up, so note these areas which may be of special concern.

A good caravan damp tester can also be used to find damp in caravans and note if repairs are needed. Typically this will work around the roof and dark corners of the caravan, and in the underside if it has storage in this area. If your caravan does not come with a damp detector, you can easily find one online and install it yourself.

Caravan Damp Repairs

In some cases the caravan may need to be completely stripped down so that the damp in caravans can be repaired. Panels may need to be replaced after areas are cleaned. Small parts may also need to be replaced, if screws have become loose and have allowed moisture to seep in.

Larger caravan damp repairs should not be made on your own since the caravan may need some disassembling for proper repairs. Small caravan damp repair may include a wipe down of affected areas and a dehumidifier may be purchased to keep it in good repair.

Posted by admin - June 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

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