Damp is dangerous I am sure everyone knows that but it’s much easier than you think to get a damp infestation and then strangely not do anything about it. It’s one of those jobs that are easy to put off and say you’ll get to it later.
I understand this; I’ve done it myself with jobs that I know I should really get to but ever since becoming a mum, I’ve started to get a little more proactive. Protecting the home against damp is something I’ve taken a very serious approach to and the good thing, in the majority of cases, you can do it all yourself.
Sure, if you’re facing a serious damp infestation then you might need to call in a professional, , for example, are easy enough to find, but if you capture damp early you can probably fix it yourself. And if you have good, high-quality damp proofing then you might never experience damp in the first place!
But before I share some of my top tips let me just tell you why it is so important. Mould and damp are caused by having too much moisture in your home it can affect all areas of your home but especially those that use a lot of water like the kitchen or bathroom.
Damp and mould can be a real pain once it starts spreading and it can cause skin rashes, sneezing, red/ watery eyes and can trigger allergic reactions. They can also be a big problem for people who suffer from asthma and worst of all young children are particularly at risk.
Safeguarding against damp is something any parent should take very seriously if you start seeing damp or mould act quickly! So, now you know the danger of damp and mould let’s take a look at some of my tips.
Damp Proofing Made Easy
Damp can cause health problems for everyone but children are especially at risk because their immune systems won’t be as strong. So, it’s important that you ensure your home is sufficiently damp proof.
Preventing a problem like damp from even appearing is always going to be the better option than fixing and repairing it once it does, so let’s look at how you can ensure your home is damp proof.
Focus On the Outdoors
Damp affects the indoors yes but it usually gets in and spreads from the outside, so ensure your home’s exterior is cared for. Blocked guttering is one of the most common ways problems like damp can spread and cleaning them is usually a quick and easy job. You should also check your roof tiles as well to ensure there are no leaks or damage.
Ventilation is a huge help when it comes to damp proofing and can help you reduce moisture. Bathrooms and kitchens should have extractor fans so make sure you turn them on. But ventilation can be just as simple as opening a window.
Removing moisture is essential when it comes to damp proofing and it’s much easier than you might think. You should avoid producing moisture when you can like using a dryer for example but if you do have a noticeable problem with excess moisture then a dehumidifier can be a big help.
Let Your Home Breathe
Finally, just letting your home breathe a little can help with damp proofing, opening the windows like I said will help but you could also try rearranging your furniture and getting rid of clutter. If your furniture is pushed close to the wall pull it out a little and get rid of unwanted pieces to make your home roomier.