Dampness in buildings can make a building quite unsightly and also unpleasant to live in. Unfortunately dampness in buildings can also present as a serious health risk, ranging from irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory symptoms and infections to permanent diseases, such as asthma and allergy.

Damp related issues therefore will invariably be noted as a major issue in any building inspection report.

Ensuring buildings are free from damp penetration is therefore as important a consideration in building design and construction as any other issue.

Inspired by advances in damp prevention over recent times, the current Building Code of Australia has a focus on dampness issues and prevention of damp intrusion into buildings.In spite of this new homes can still experience damp related issues.  Naturally it is to be expected that older homes (homes built when building standards and codes did not address damp issues) will often experience damp related faults.
Whether an old home prone to dampness or a new home where measures taken have not been successful we can take further action to stop the damaging effects that dampness has. Dampness therefore should not in and of itself be a reason not to purchase a property. In purchasing a property with dampness you need to aware of the type of dampness, its significance and of measures that can be employed to eliminate or manage moisture issues.

My next few blogs will address the four main types of dampness, each of which has to be dealt with in a different way.

  1. Rising damp; dampness from the ground that rises up the walls
  2. Falling damp; dampness that emanate generally from leaks from above
  3. Horizontal damp; dampness that spreads horizontally through a wall
  4. Condensation damp: dampness caused by condensation.