For whatever reason, be it bad building design / specification, climate or living habits, a significant number of houses in Ireland suffer from damp of some description or other. While older properties seem to suffer the most, relatively new houses and apartments can often have cronic damp problems. Of course, very often the consequence of prolonged damp is the growth of mould, not only on walls and ceilings but also on clothes and shoes etc. Mould spores will also become airborne and become part of the air we breath.
Damp will, if left unchecked, eventually destroy a building and/or make it uninhabitable. It is therefore vital to understand what the cause is and what to do to eliminate it. Damp can be caused by leaking pipework (plumbing), penetrating damp from outside (roof leak f.i.) or from internally generated moisture. The first two causes are readily understood and can be easily fixed by repairing the offending article. However, internally generated moisture is not well understood by both building professionals and home owners alike.
Internal temperature, relative humidity, surface temperatures, air tightness, ventilation, occupant behaviour all have a fundametal role to play in determining whether there is a risk of condensation, damp and mould or not. Landlords often experience that suddenly there is damp and mould in a property that never had a problem before.
We offer a damp survey of your home which will determine the root causes and outline the steps needed to eliminate the problem. There is no silver bullet and painting over or covering up the area affected with drylining, for instance, will not solve anything and in fact may well make the situation worse.