Damp Home

Dampness in the home is usually a sign of Rising dampness issues. The impact of rising dampness causes significant aesthetic damage and can also lead to structural damage that can create serious safety hazards if left unchecked

Damp Home

How do you know if you may have a Dampness issue?

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.

Mould and Mould Stains on Damp Wall and Door behind Cabinet due to condensation caused by lack of ventilation.
Rising Dampness is a common issue found in homes across Southern Tasmania. Usually visible up to 1.5m, signs of rising dampness include discolouration, paint cracking and visible signs of mould.
Mould growing on a wall behind wallpaper
Mould may take some time to appear and by the time you see it it, it may be too late. Black mould caused by rising damp can exacerbate breathing conditions.

What are the Signs of Rising Dampness in the home?

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:

  • Tide marks of salts
  • Dark patches on walls that can be damp to touch – for a better indication of rising damp you want to determine that the brickwork / masonry is actually wet and not just the plaster or wallpaper. 
  • Staining of wall coverings, peeling wallpaper & blistering paint.
  • Damp and musty smell.
  • Discolouration & fragmenting plaster.
  • Decaying timber e.g. skirting boards, floor boards, floor joists.

Healthy homes Tasmania recommends inAIR solutions to eradicate damp

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.

Investment in better ventilation solutions could save you Large repair or replacement works

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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