Damp is a common issue in households all over the UK and, if not correctly treated, it can become a big issue in the home, leading to unpleasant smells, structural problems and even health issues. Damp may first appear in your home in the form of small damp patches or tiny clusters of dark mould which, at first, can be easy to ignore. However, damp should always be treated as a serious issue. Below, we discuss the importance and advantages of damp proofing your property.

Prevent unpleasant smells
Untreated damp and mould can create a musty, unpleasant smell in your home. If you notice a strange musty smell in your home but can’t work out where it’s coming from, it’s possible that the damp patch may be hidden behind furniture. The smell of damp and mould can get strong if left untreated, creating a far from welcoming atmosphere in your home.
Prevent health issues
Living in a property with damp and mould can affect your health and put you at risk; if you are exposed to the toxins of mould, it can be dangerous for your health. Damp and mould can cause headaches, coughing, wheezing and throat and eye irritation. To ensure that you and your family remain healthy, damp proofing your home is essential.
Improve the appearance of your home
Getting rid of damp will improve the overall appearance of your home. Mould typically appears in the form of unsightly patches of black, brown or green – and it looks far from appealing. Damp proofing your walls will get rid of dark patches of damp and unpleasant mould spores. Instead of attempting to paint over damp patches, it’s always best to properly damp proof your home, as paint can crack and ripple and dark patches will soon become visible through the paint.
Prevent structural problems in your home
If the damp in your home becomes a serious issue, it could cause structural issues in your building. Bad damp conditions can cause fundamental damage to the timbers in your property’s structure and can lead to dry rot. Dry rot is a fungus that causes wood decay and diminishes timber into a crumbly, dry state.
At London Property Preservation, we are experts and specialists in rot, woodworm and rising damp treatments. Our reliable damp proofing services are available to owners of existing properties across Croydon, Clapham and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit our website.