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Damp & Leaks

Are there damp patches visible on walls and ceilings?
Not sure what to do? 


The problem is usually linked to a visible leak, and could be one of the following: Rising Damp, Penetrating Damp, or Condensation.

Rising Damp: What are the Signs?

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© Tim Gillin

It will start to creep up walls. Look out for patches above skirting boards and use your nose. You can often smell damp even if you can't actually see it.

What can you do?:  Locate the source and report it by filling out a maintenance form. Properly ventilate the area/space whilst waiting for the problem to be fixed.

Keep room temperatures within 65 to 70F.

Penetrating Damp: What are the Signs?

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© Tom Woodward

Damp and blotchy patches are visible on the wall; wet and crumbly plaster.

What can you do?:  Locate the source and report it by filling out a maintenance form. Properly ventilate the area/space whilst waiting for the problem to be fixed.

Keep room temperatures within 65 to 70F.

Condensation: What are the Signs?

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© Thomas Anderson

Condensation is mainly a winter problem - the external air temperature is low whilst external walls and windows are cold.

Look for steamed up windows and puddles on the window sill, damp patches, peeling wallpaper, black spotty mildew, and/or water running down walls.

What can you do? Prevent the condensation from happening and report any water damage to the interior by filling in a maintenance form.

Recommended treatment: A combination of good ventilation and heating.

Heating that is too low or too high will cause condensation. Keep room temperatures within 65 to 70F. Sometimes opening a window is enough but checking that ventilation and ventilator fans are clear and clean will help.

Leaks in the Bathroom. Not sure what to do?

First: Locate the source. Common places to look for leaks in a bathroom are:


  • The Toilet If the wax ring between the floor and the toilet is worn out, every time the toilet is flushed it produces a leak flowing through the ceiling.

  • The Shower If the leak is happening while the shower is running, this may be due to a cracked tile or the shower faucet. If there is leakage while the shower is not running, there is a problem with the water pipe.

  • The Sink-Drain Is the faucet or the drain pipe(s) dripping? Go to Bathroom-Blocked Drain or Bathroom-Dripping Faucet for more information on how to trouble-shoot and/or resolve the problem.

  • The Shower Head&Hose Is the head or hose leaking? Go to Bathroom-Shower Head&Hose for more information on how to trouble-shoot and/or resolve the problem.


Here are some Useful Tips:

Shower curtains and doors can cause leaks. Water from showers can leak through poor seals on a shower door, or by the drip of a shower curtain. Check this area for the cause of a leak, especially when a bathroom is located above a damp ceiling.

Go to Bathroom Mold&Mildew to trouble shoot and/or resolve any mold & mildew problems that may arise from damp.

 


Need Further Assistance?

To report any damage or need for repairs, please provide a full description of the maintenance issue when filling in your online Maintenance Report form.

Once you have submitted a report, an Arrive Homes representative will be in contact with you shortly.