Types of damp in a property
If your property is affected by damp and mould, understanding the responsibilities of tenants and landlords can help address problems effectively.
Understanding the distinct types of damp is also a fundamental step in effectively dealing with the issue.
Condensation: This is the form of damp most frequently found in rented properties. It arises due to excess moisture in the air, poor ventilation, and the presence of cold surfaces. Cooking, cleaning, and bathing increase moisture levels, leading to condensation and mould growth. Adequate heating and insulation can help mitigate condensation, which tends to worsen during the colder months.
Penetrating damp: This occurs when water infiltrates the property through external walls or the roof. It can also be caused by internal leaks or plumbing issues.
Rising damp: Although relatively rare, rising damp is a distinct form of dampness. It results from moisture beneath the building being absorbed into the bricks or concrete. To address rising damp, it is advisable to seek the guidance of a surveyor accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).