At Alpine Surveys, we are committed to creating safe and healthy living spaces for our clients. As we embark on the summer season, we want to emphasise the importance of prioritising Damp and Mould Surveys in homes and workplaces.
We start with addressing the most asked question:
Is damp worse in summer or winter?
Generally, you might experience severe damp conditions in winter. But this doesn’t negate the presence of damp in summer. According to the RICS article, damp is measured based on relative humidity irrespective of the temperature. The warmer weather and increased humidity during summer can intensify moisture-related issues, leading to the growth of mould and the deterioration of building structures.
Yes, you read it right! Damp and mould can be a serious concern during summer, whether it is evident to naked eye or not.
Why is damp worse in summer?
As the temperatures rise and the sun shines bright, summer brings with it a multitude of joys. However, this season also presents a unique challenge when it comes to dampness in our homes. The main reason for the damp and mould to get worse in summer are:
Elevated humidity levels.
Warmer air holds more moisture, and when combined with the summer showers and higher levels of evaporation, it creates a perfect breeding ground for excess moisture in our living spaces.
Increase in condensation.
When warm, moist air encounters cooler surfaces, such as walls, floors, or windows, it cools down and releases moisture in the form of condensation. This phenomenon is more prevalent during summer as the temperature differential between the outside and inside environments is greater.
Exposure to water sources
Moreover, the summer season often sees an upsurge in outdoor activities. From pool parties to garden watering, our homes become exposed to more water sources, increasing the risk of water intrusion and potential leaks. These can lead to dampness if not promptly addressed.
Consequences of Damp
The consequences of unchecked dampness can be harmful to both our health and our homes. Damp conditions create an ideal environment for mould and mildew growth, which can trigger allergies, respiratory issues, and worsen existing conditions like asthma. Additionally, dampness can weaken the structural integrity of buildings, causing damage to walls, ceilings, and even foundations if left untreated.
Why should you take a Damp Survey in summer?
“By conducting thorough surveys, we can identify potential problem areas, prevent long-term damage, and safeguard the well-being of occupants”, says Mark Dobson, Director of Alpine Surveys.
To address these seasonal challenges, it is crucial to prioritise damp surveys during the summer months. By conducting comprehensive surveys, professionals can identify problem areas, assess the extent of moisture-related issues, and provide tailored solutions to prevent long-term damage. In case of any requirements on damp proofing, the works can be undertaken during the summer.
Protecting against the harmful effects of dampness and mould not only enhances the longevity of properties but also contributes to the overall health and comfort of individuals. So, let’s join hands in making this summer a season of proactive care and healthy indoor environments.
At Alpine Surveys, our team of experts is dedicated to helping you tackle dampness and mould. Don’t wait for the issues to escalate—schedule your damp survey today and enjoy a worry-free summer season in a dry and healthy environment. Contact us now to learn more about our services and take the first step toward safeguarding your property.