Dampness to Buildings

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Dampness in Buildings: The Scourge of the 21st Century


dampness to buildings


Dampness is a problem that has been around for centuries, but it has become increasingly prevalent in the 21st century. In this article, we will explore the causes and effects of dampness in buildings and discuss some of the ways to prevent it.

The Causes of Dampness

There are many factors that can contribute to dampness in buildings. Some of the most common causes include:
– Poor ventilation: Poor ventilation is one of the leading causes of dampness in buildings. This is because inadequate ventilation can lead to an increase in humidity, which can cause moisture to accumulate on surfaces and walls.
– Leaks and cracks: Leaks and cracks are another common cause of dampness in buildings. If water seeps into the building through cracks or leaks, it can cause damage to the structure and create a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.
– Defective roofing: Defective roofing can also be a major contributor to dampness in buildings. If water leaks into the building through the roof, it can cause extensive damage and lead to widespread mould growth.
– Improper insulation: Improper insulation can also lead to dampness in buildings. If the building is not properly insulated, it can allow moisture to escape from inside and contribute to condensation on surfaces.
The Effects of Dampness:

Dampness can have a number of negative effects on both people and property. Some of the most common effects include:

– Structural damage: Dampness can cause structural damage to buildings by weakening the materials used in construction. This can lead to crumbling walls, ceilings and floors, as well as increased risk of collapse.- Health problems: Damp environments are often home to mould spores, which can cause a variety of health problems including asthma attacks, respiratory problems and skin irritation.- Damage to property: Damp environments are also conducive to corrosion and rusting. This can result in damage to furniture, appliances, fixtures and other property items

What is Dampness?

Dampness to Buildings

Dampness is a term used to describe a variety of problems that can occur in buildings. Some of the most common symptoms of dampness include:
– Condensation on windows and walls
– Mould growth
– Damaged plaster or wallpaper
– Peeling paint
– Stained ceilings or walls

Dampness to Bathrooms

Many a time during our building inspections we have uncovered extreme levels of dampness to bathroom wall/ceilings which has caused mould spores growing with the result being that all affected sections to be removed and replaced as just cleaning these affected areas is not enough .

Installation of exhaust fans will alleviate some problems but not all ,if there is sisalation installed under roof tiles with no ventilation provided by way of “whirly birds”then this will also be a contributing factor as all the stale air from the bathroom will enter the roof space if its not directed to fresh air and at some stage will reenter bathroom

All bathroom exhausts should be directed to outside air ,unforchanetely this is rarely done with the cause never being rectified

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