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Keeping Your New Home Damp Free

Damp is one of the most common problems that affects UK homes and if it is not taken care of, it can cause major damage to your property.

Our guide looks at the main causes of damp – and, more importantly, how to combat them.

What are the main types of damp?

There are three types of damp to be aware of; rising damp, condensation and penetrating damp.

Tackling rising damp

Rising damp can be costly to sort out and can become harmful to your health if not treated. Rising damp is caused by groundwater finding its way into a home through stone or brickwork and then working its way from the ground up. The most effective way to manage rising damp is through a course of damp-proofing.

Dealing with penetrating damp

Water can work its way into a property through the walls as well as the roof and floors; this is called penetrating damp. Growing circles and blotches on walls and ceilings and wet and crumbly plaster are typical signs of penetrating damp. Potential weak spots on the property exterior such as poor pointing or damaged masonry can also be an indication of damp, causing possible problems further down the line.

The key to removing penetrating damp is to eliminate the source. Check the sealant on exterior doors and windows as these may need stripping and replacing. Check for any missing mortar or areas between bricks that may need repointing.

Managing condensation

Condensation is one of the most common forms of damp in the home and its harmful consequences are often overlooked. Condensation can be caused by drying wet clothes indoors, taking a shower or having a bath and boiling the kettle to name a few.

Bathrooms and kitchens are often the rooms most affected so proper ventilation is essential. Make sure you have a working extractor fan in your kitchen and bathrooms, and ensure all rooms including bedrooms have functioning vents.

Condesation on Window

Watch out for black mould

Black mould is caused by an excessive build-up of moisture; it is difficult to remove and can have serious health implications.This type of mould is not just unsightly, but it can attract mites and, in extreme cases, could cause respiratory problems. Mould and mildew eradication kits can be purchased online but any cleaning products that contain bleach can also tackle the problem.

Keep an eye out for ‘tide marks’

If your damp-proof course is defective, one of the first ways in which this will manifest itself is in ‘tide marks’ at the bottom of walls. You need to pinpoint the source of the problem, have the necessary building works done and use a dehumidifier to dry out the room affected.

Check your guttering

If your guttering is damaged and you have rainwater streaming down the side of your property, it will only be a matter of time before the water finds its way into your home. Check your guttering regularly for blockages or other problems.

Dry your washing outdoors

Drying damp clothing on a clothes-horse in the spare bedroom can cause excess condensation and add to you damp problem. Try to dry clothes outside whenever possible, or make sure to hang them in a well-ventilated room.

Washing Line

Source: NAEA Propertymark


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We are delighted to report the latest data focuing on average house prices, the total number of sales and the size of the market around the country, focusing on the hotspots within the South West.

The figures are based on the latest data from the Land Registry House Price Index which helps to form a picture of the region’s housing markets. While there is no single measure which provides a complete picture of the market, below are 20 areas with statistics on the total value of all property transactions in the past year. This has been calculated by multiplying the average value of homes by the number of sales.

Market snapshot:

  • The district with the largest market is Cornwall which saw £2,044m worth of transactions in the year to January 2017.
  • This was followed by Wiltshire with £2,028m worth of sales over the same period.
  • The district with the highest overall average house price was Cotswold where prices sit at £352,300, which is 54% above the national average.
  • The market with the highest number of transactions was Cornwall with 9,378 sales occurring during the period.

Where have house prices increased the most? Here are five districts with the highest annual capital growth.

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