Written by

Ailish Hamilton

How to Prevent Dampness in Your Home

Dampness in your home can be a real nuisance. From peeling wallpaper and musty smells to structural damage and health woes, it's a foe worth outsmarting. The good news? You don't have to wait for the telltale signs of dampness to strike. This is Platinum Building Chemicals general guide for proactive prevention.

The Power of Prevention:

1. Identifying Vulnerabilities:

Begin by assessing your home's vulnerability to damp issues. Look for cracks, gaps, and areas where water could potentially seep in. Platinum Building Chemicals offers a range of inspection tools to help you identify these vulnerable points. 

2. Water-Repellent Coatings:

Platinum Building Chemicals provides cutting-edge water-repellent coatings that act as an invisible shield against moisture. Apply these coatings to exterior walls to create a protective barrier, preventing water from penetrating and causing damp issues:

  • Wykamol Enviroseal Masonry Water Repellent: Wykamol Enviroseal is a highly effective masonry water repellent, ready-to-use liquid based on a solvent-free silicone/siloxane emulsion. It provides superior protection for porous brickwork, cement renderings, asbestos, unglazed tiles, stonework, and other surfaces.
  • ACS HydroBar Woodbead - Water Repellent For Wood: This unique water-repellent coating is specially formulated for timber. It enhances the natural beauty of wood while effectively repelling water and preventing decay. Use it on cladding, fencing, and outdoor furniture for long-lasting protection.
  • Wykamol Technoseal DPM Damp Proof Paint: Wykamol Technoseal Damp Proof Paint is a ready-to-use, SBR based liquid damp-proofing membrane providing a seamless barrier against water penetration, radon, gas methane, and carbon dioxide. Ideal for wet areas, such as walls and floors in wet rooms and kitchens.

3. Proactive Damp-Proof Courses:

Rather than waiting for rising damp to manifest, take a proactive approach with Platinum Building Chemicals' damp-proof courses. Inject these courses into your walls to create a preventive barrier, stopping moisture from rising and wreaking havoc on your property. Damp proof membranes create a seamless, waterproof barrier on concrete floors and walls. They are perfect for tanking applications, balconies, and wet rooms.

4. Gutter Maintenance:

Clogged or damaged gutters can lead to water overflowing and seeping into the walls. Regularly clean and maintain your gutters, ensuring proper drainage and preventing water from finding its way into your home. Our Soudal Silicone Spray It lubricates joints for smooth water flow, temporarily seals minor gaps to stop leaks, creates a non-stick surface to reduce debris buildup, and even protects metal parts from rust.

5. Effective Ventilation:

Condensation can be a silent enemy, especially in high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Open windows regularly and use extractor fans in these areas to remove excess moisture.

Additionally, investing in effective ventilation systems can keep the air circulating and reduce the risk of mould growth. A consistently warm home (around 18°C) discourages condensation. Consider energy-efficient heating solutions like the Nuaire Drimaster PIV Unit.

6. Sealing Gaps and Cracks:

Small gaps and cracks in your home's structure may seem insignificant, but they can be entry points for damp. Platinum Building Chemicals offers sealants and adhesives that effectively close these openings, keeping your home watertight and secure

In the silent war against dampness, proactive defence is your strongest weapon. As a seasoned damp proofing expert, countless homes fall victim to moisture's insidious grip. Don't wait for peeling wallpaper and structural woes to become your reality. Our advanced solutions, like invisible water-repellent shields and crack-sealing warriors, empower you to build a fortress of dryness and comfort. Investing in prevention isn't just about aesthetics, it's about protecting your home's health, longevity, and your own well-being.

If you are needing some help and advice, give us a call or email, we’re happy to help.

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