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Dampness in Home

Dampness- a common problem of home

Dampness has become a major problem in homes today. The chances of dampness ascends when there is an exposure of water and leakage due to underground water pipes etc. Damp houses encourage the growth of fungus and mould on walls and furniture ruining your timber, iron and other metal frames and boards.

Damp homes require regular maintenance to keep the home in good manner. If your water pipes, rain water pipes, storage pipes and other pipes are giving problems then you needs to have a check on these lest it would create unnecessary problem ruining your walls and floor and giving birth to health problems.

Causes leading to dampness

The major cause of dampness in the homes has been reported is condensation. As every home uses water and there are tiny droplets in air which are usually invisible. When the air gets colder it canít hold the moisture and the tiny drops appears which is known as condensation.

Due to condensation the moisture takes the form of dampness near the walls and on the floor. When the flow of air and heat is low on the surface, it usually gets damp. The factors of dampness due to moisture are cooking, bathing, washing and drying of clothes. When walls and floors get damp moulds appear on the wall surfaces and gradually multiply which can be seen on other things and clothes as well. This will further lead to health hazards such as asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Prevention of dampness

Moisture or condensation can be seen more in rainy season or at the places where air doesnít reach. So there are important steps which can be follow to prevent the moisture content:
  • make sure your rooms doesnít produce any moisture
  • make a way for proper ventilation in the rooms
  • Dampness in homedamp room requires insulation and adequate heating
Moisture is something which is natural and appears in every house yet if the above points are followed with the few steps then combating dampness is much easy.
  • The air vents of walls and floors should not be blocked and exhaust fans are always used in bathroom and kitchen.
  • Keep the doors of bathrooms closed when running or during bath.
  • Kitchen windows must be opened while cooking but doors should be closed so that the moisture does not get into the other rooms.
  • After bathing doors and windows must be opened to let the moisture go outside.
  • You can dehumidify your home with dehumidifier available in the market. This would heat the rooms to vanish the condensation.
  • Washing and drying must done in the open places outside the rooms.
  • Check your walls and floors that they are properly insulated
  • Give your furniture adequate space so that the air circulates properly
When the dampness diminishes the moulds will start decreasing automatically. Start removing the moulds on the walls and iron frames with a fungicidal wash. Moulds can encourage various allergies and respiratory problems in human beings. Therefore to cease the growth of moulds dampness has to be removed first.

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