A damp home is usually cold in winter, sticky in summer, has mould, odours and condensation. In the absence of a leaking roof or plumbing/drainage problems ventilation is the only solution.
Damp issues in Australia are microclimate driven. Houses in Australia tend to be one size fits all – but we have thousands of microclimates.
A house on Sydney’s northern beaches can be built exactly the same as one in Southern Tasmanian suburbs – but the demands of the local environment and lifestyle will affect internal dampness.
Rising damp can be a serious problem, as if left untreated it can lead to structural issues. The damage it can cause to your plaster, flooring and decorative finishes as well as the musty smell also makes it very unpleasant to live with.
It can be hard to distinguish rising damp from other forms of damp like condensation or penetrating damp. The following are some of the more common signs of rising damp that you can look out for:
Fresh air ventilation solves most damp and the resulting mouldy homes. The fresh air “flushes” the contaminated air and, more importantly, the fresh air dries the damp surfaces in which mould flourishes.
Your Healthy Home expert will assess your home to arrive at a comprehensive recommendation to improve your ventilation. For moderately damp homes, subfloor ventilation may be sufficient. For single rooms, some better use of windows and common sense might be the answer. For more serious dampness issues AirQ System and/or more powerful extraction may be warranted.
Subfloor ventilation solutions can start from $2000, single rooms solutions around $750, and whole home automated inAIR PPFV systems start at $4000.
All solutions are customised to the home and the micro climate to ensure a robust efficient solution. Call or email for a complimentary assessment and quote.
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