SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 198
Defeat the damp
Moisture in the structure of your home can be disastrous. However, there
are ways to protect your property and treat any problems that arise
amp in buildings can come in
several forms. It all depends on
where the moisture is coming
from - for instance, rain getting
into the property, water coming up from
the ground on which your house is built,
or even the occupants producing vapour
(for example, when bathing).
Damp can be very damaging for your
property. It can cause the ﬂoor timbers
to become wet and start to rot, and can
even lead to dry rot.
However, there are some sensible DIY
solutions for avoiding problems...
Check and clean the gutters annually,
after all the autumn leaves have fallen.
Remove leaves and other debris, and run
a hose along the gutters
Stand well back from the property
and check the roof tiles or slates to
ensure none are missing, allowing
water to enter. Check the ridge (the
top of the roof) and the verge (the edge
of the roof) to ensure no pointing is
missing. A pair of binoculars will be
very helpful for checking these details
from the ground
Examine the pointing on all elevations.
At low level, this can be checked by
lightly tapping it to see if it's well ﬁxed.
If it sounds hollow, it's probably lost its
bond and needs to be replaced
Most masonry walls will absorb a
certain amount of rainwater. This is not
normally a problem, and the damp will
dry out when it stops raining. However,
if the property suffers from sustained
periods of rain, this can pass all the way
through absorbent walls and damage the
decoration inside. In these cases, you
need advice from a specialist.