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Dealing with damp

Period property expert Alan Tierney reveals how to properly identify and treat damp and condensation issues in a heritage home

Damp can be a serious problem in any building, whether old or new, as it can damage the fabric and finishes and may even lead to health issues. But it’s easy to become more concerned than you really need to be and therefore end up taking the wrong approach to dealing with damp.

It’s common for homeowners to be unsure of what consequences it could have for their property, for example, and to get the significance of the issues in the wrong order. This has a bearing on treatment priorities and can lead to people commissioning ineffective, inappropriate or even damaging remedial work.

In this guide, I’ll be clearing up the main considerations you need to account for and helping you to identify the best ways to tackle damp in a heritage home.

Types of damp

Understanding what kind of damp is affecting your property can help you to identify potential causes – but as we’ll see later in this article, it’s easy to take the wrong course if you focus on the symptoms rather than the root of the issue. There are three main categories, which are generally characterised by their source:

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About Build It

The May edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning light-filled contemporary bungalow transformation (page 20) • Discover the right build system for your project (page 60) • Choose a modern front door (page 71) • A complete guide to loft conversions (page 80) • Top tips for your lighting design (page 90) • Common plot issues and how to overcome them (page 97) • Dealing with damp (page 103) … and more!