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amp can be a prob­lem in many homes – es­pe­cially at this time of the year. It comes in all shapes and sizes – none healthy and some po­ten­tially ex­pen­sive to sort. But de­lay is not an op­tion.

The eas­i­est to deal with are leaky water joints or bath­room spillage. You can see the dam­age, and of­ten fig­ure out the prob­lem. It could be a DIY job – tight­en­ing up a joint or re­seal­ing a shower tray. Ig­nor­ing this could bring down plas­ter or rot wood­work.

Con­den­sa­tion is next eas­i­est to treat. It’s caused by warm air meet­ing cold so it’s worse in win­ter. Win­dows kitchens and bath­rooms are most likely to suf­fer with damp. Left un­touched, it turns into damp and black mould. And pos­si­bly brings a nasty smell as well.

The emer­gency treat­ment is wip­ing walls and win­dows dry. Then look for the cause. It’s of­ten bad ven­ti­la­tion – block­ing up chim­neys and draught­proof­ing doors can be the cul­prit.

Turn­ing the heat­ing high and then low – rather than main­tain­ing a con­stant mid­way tem­per­a­ture – may also pro­duce con­den­sa­tion.

Cov­er­ing ra­di­a­tors with wet cloth­ing might also be a cause.

But a cure could be as sim­ple as un­block­ing an ex­ter­nal air­brick – per­haps earth or rub­bish has piled up.

Put­ting in an ex­trac­tor fan is of­ten help­ful in kitchens and bath­rooms – these cost any­thing from £20 to £200 (plus fit­ting) de­pend­ing on lo­ca­tion, size and type. Or you could try a de­hu­mid­i­fier. These ex­tract the damp from the room – a good one (and the cheap­est may not be best) costs about £400.

Pen­e­trat­ing damp is more se­ri­ous – and harder and more costly to treat. Signs in­clude damp or black patches on walls which are worse dur­ing rainy pe­ri­ods. It may be caused by struc­tural prob­lems such as bro­ken gut­ter­ing or down­pipes, a roof need­ing re­pair or re­place­ment , or cracks in ex­ter­nal walls. This is gen­er­ally a “call the builder” rather than a DIY job so the cure is rarely cheap. Find­ing where the damp en­ters and treat­ing that usu­ally pro­vides a so­lu­tion.

Ris­ing damp is prob­a­bly the most costly and dif­fi­cult to deal with. Symp­toms in­clude dam­aged skirt­ing boards or plas­ter, peel­ing paint and wall­pa­per, and wet patches. You may also have prob­lems with floor cov­er­ings.

It’s caused by ground water mov­ing up through a wall or floor – it will be there even in sum­mer.

This is usu­ally be­cause your damp­proof cause is faulty – any­thing from earth or rub­bish breach­ing it to a com­plete fail­ure. It’s ex­pen­sive to re­place but with­out ad­e­quate damp course pro­tec­tion, your home is un­healthy – and could be un­sellable.

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