We love to complain about the wet weather here in the UK, and it’s little wonder; our skies always seem to be raining on us! With all that wet coming from above we retreat into our warm and dry homes. However, what about the wet, or damp that comes from below? To be sure that our homes are indeed kept warm and especially dry, and don’t fall foul of our notoriously damp climate, we need to make sure that our homes and buildings are fully protected from damp.
The Importance of Damp Proofing
We cannot overstate the importance of protecting your home from damp. Damp proofing is essentially a method of preventing moisture from getting inside your home, usually through the walls or drawn up from the foundations. Newer built homes come with a solid damp proof course, but older buildings might not have had any damp proofing at the time of construction. If you live in an older property, it is especially important to have thorough damp proofing, to protect not only the building but your health and that of your family.
What can happen when a home becomes damp?
Even if your home is not a period property, as it settles into its foundations, or simply ages over time, cracks can appear and the damp proofing already in place might need updating. If damp does start to get in, it can cause structural decline in your home, wet rot, dry rot, and the growth of mould which is harmful to your health.
All of this might sound worrying, but with regular checks from the experts here at UK Commercial Group on your existing damp proofing, and a vigilant eye on your walls on both the inside and outside of your house, you can keep damp at bay and the wet weather outside where it belongs.