Many people refer to a 'damp problem' for both condensation and true damp. It is important to know what you really have though. Condensation and true damp are radically different as the following table shows.
|Typically shows up as black patches caused by mildew.||Patches are often well defined by brown staining.|
|Curtains, soft furnishings and clothes may smell musty.||Plaster may 'bubble' and get a powdery surface.|
|If left untreated, can be harmful to human health.||Totally harmless to humans.|
|Apart from surface decorations, harmless to your house.||If left untreated, can eventually endanger the structure of your house.|
|Often made worse by common advice and doesn't usually require any building work.||Cause is nearly always misdiagnosed resulting in expensive and incorrect treatments that hide the problem while making it worse.|
Getting rid of Condensation - Information on the causes of condensation and what to do about it.
The right way to tackle Damp - Information on the typical causes of damp and what to do about it.
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