Home, new or old, is always the sweet and prized possession of the owner. You are additionally proud of it as you claim your home to be free from damp. You chose the builder yourself, did the best of the furnishing and took time in setting up your home. You proudly announce that there is no single damp mark in your house. Hold it there! Are you sure there is no damp? Possibility is you are not looking at the right places.
Here is a list of 5 such secret places from where damp can play peek-a-boo with you. Read on to know more.
1. All clear behind the furniture?
You have furnished your interior with heavy and large-sized furniture. All OK till then. But do you know what is happening behind them? There is a whole new “behind the scenes” story awaiting you. Poor ventilation between the furniture and wall causes condensation to intensify and the place in between is cold enough for the moisture to be retained. This gradually leads to a damp patch with flaky paint. You will find this phenomenon most commonly in your bedroom. Know why?-Because you produce moisture when you breathe and it accumulates overnight.
You should not set heavy furniture like cupboard, wardrobe, etc right against the wall as moisture accumulation is highly possible.Also, setting heavy furniture against the wall increases the possibility of termite infestation from damp. Leave some space for air circulation. But the moment you discover a damp mark, do not leave it to grow. Call for home inspection services or contractors immediately.
You can take small measures on your own also to control the moisture content of the indoor air. Use a dehumidifier, cover your cooking utensils while cooking, and if it is rainy season and you cannot hang your clothes outside, choose a well-ventilated area indoor to dry them. Always keep your entire house well ventilated.
2. The ‘Intermediate’ Wall
The wall common between the bathroom/ kitchen in your house and the adjacent rooms are more prone to moisture seepage leading to damp. Bathroom is such a place where the surrounding is wet most of the time. During showering or washing daily wear clothes, water vapour rises and settles on the walls and then seeps through to the other side due to deteriorated wall tile joints or joints between the floor and walls. This may often skip your sight for these damp marks appear very low down where the shower or other water units are in the bathroom.
Never ever neglect the fresh signs of damp or try to do a quick fix by putting some new paint on the damp patch. This will only bring more trouble as the water will be sealed within the wall and gradually completely rot the wall. Call for experts in damp assessment and identify the root cause.
First check visually, if you think there is a need, change the sealant around the shower unit. This will stop the leakage. While building the house, the builder and you – both should be extra cautious to make bathroom walls damp-proof. Additionally, you must be careful about cracks which may damage the common wall by acting as gateways to the leaking water. Make sure to put an exhaust fan in the bathroom. This will exhaust the vapour. Once the sources of moisture intrusion are repaired and the damp is dried out properly, use new paint with primer and emulsion to repair the dampened wall.
3. Wall behind WC
Who checks now and then behind the WC? Right, almost none. This makes the wall behind WCs a perfect secret place for damp occurrence. Wall-mounted WCs are most convenient. But this may also cause damp in the way similar to how furniture brings damp to the wall.The space between the WC and the wall is narrow. This allows the moisture and vapour to settle in perfectly and stay there uninterrupted. If the wall is an outside one, there are higher chances of rain water seepage through it.
A loose faucet, a leakage in the flush tank pipe, or conceal leakage in the WC outlet can also, cause damp.
Proper ventilation is one solution to make your bathroom damp-free, but definitely not the only one. You have to address it seriously. Again, call for experts in damp assessment or home inspection to understand what is causing it and what can be done to remove it for good.
4. Wall on which the geyser is mounted
When you installed the geyser in your bathroom you chose a spot well away from the water sources like showers etc so that the moisture does not cause any problem to it, right? Little did you know that the installation itself will bring forth moisture accumulation leading to damp in the bathroom. The vapour from shower and bathing will rise upwards and when it reaches a cold spot, it tends to settle there. That is how you get the damp on the wall where you mounted the geyser. This is more of a problem if the wall is common to other room or it is an outside wall. These would mean more damage.
If you detect any musty smell of damp in your bathroom, investigate where it is coming from. Delaying the same would cost you heavily.
There could be other reasons of damp on the wall behind geyser. Check the appliance carefully. Is water dripping from it? That indicates more than one diagnosis ranging from a high pressure build-up inside the tank to loosened drain valves to a salt-corroded water tank. It is normal for water to drip from the temperature-pressure relief valve, which is supposed to release water upon sensing excess pressure build-up inside the tank. But if the dripping continues, you must call an expert and fix it. Geyser problems1 are not to be kept unaddressed to avoid damp and unnecessary electrical hazards.
But off course, if you feel that you are unable to visually understand the issue, Call experts for advice for any type of dampness, as it is important to detect the source first and then solution can be done.
5. Floor tiles
Floor tiles are affected both ways when it comes to damp. A crack or worn-out grout, hollowness in the floor tiles, or some problem in the joint between the floor and walls can cause moisture problem, if not addressed in a timely manner. The ground underneath the floor can also bring up problem of dampness. If you overlook or it skips your scrutiny, someday you will find your floor tiles popping up from their places.
For this damp/ seepage issues, solution will differ depending upon the source of issues/ defects.
Now that you have read about the secret places invaded by damp, go check these places in your home and do the necessary with utmost urgency. With timely action and collaboration of home inspection experts, you can do away with the damp issues and continue living with zero worries. To get quick help, click here.
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