Any tiny droplets of water can be the cause of a large and intense damp patch – the escape of water may be small, but is often concentrated in the same spot.
Repeated dripping quickly introduces more moisture which can then spill into neighbouring areas.
When outdoor gutters at the eaves of a building leak, water will either run directly down the outside of the wall, or will splatter on the ground or window below. Leaks in other gutters can be extremely difficult to find.
This usually means missing, slipped or broken tiles or slates.
Old downpipes can easily rust through without anyone being aware. Also, downpipes that disappear straight into the ground are very prone to blockages caused by debris, such as leaves from nearby trees, washed in from the gutters.
It’s best to tackle any leaks or causes of damp as early as possible to minimise the potential damage to your home and your health.
Mold produces allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances that may cause an allergic reaction from sneezing and runny noses to skin rashes and more. Along with that dust mites tend to favour homes with high humidity or moisture.
A great way to prevent the occurrence of damp walls and floorboards is to avoid condensation building – so open up your windows and vents and let in some fresh air!
Published 8 June 2016