Damp: A Guide to Buyers and Homeowners

Whether purchasing a home or after we have bought, there are certain things we all look for. Comfort is usually at or near the top of the list, and demands a well-insulated dwelling which offers full shelter from the elements. However, how well-built a home is may not always be obvious. With an ever-increasing number of house conversions, it is not uncommon for developers to cut corners with cheap and substandard building materials. The end result is an alarmingly large number of properties lacking proper insulation or damp-proofing.

As a homeowner or buyer, this should be a significant concern for you. Poorly built and maintained homes can be prone to rising damp and condensation which often has an impact on a property’s value and viability as a healthy dwelling. Common problems may include persistent mould, foul smells, rising damp, and penetrating damp. These may create an unhealthy environment as well as structural damage, so should be dealt with as soon as possible. Generally speaking, the longer damp and condensation are left the more expensive they become to deal with.

Damp and condensation often have telling early indicators such as wetness forming on windows and sills in the morning, as well as walls feeling colder than one would expect. If you notice this, we suggest you book a damp survey as soon as possible. WeFIX works with a number of qualified and experienced professionals who will be able to survey your property for you, identify any problems, and recommend a costed course of treatment which we will also be able to offer you “in-house” using our trusted tradespeople.

To book a damp survey or long-term treatment such as liquid membrane wall injections, plastering, or waterproof tanking, please email info@wefixonline.co.uk.