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What Causes Damp and Mould on Walls, and How to Fix It

Damp and mould are a nightmare aren’t they? When you start to spot the signs of damp or mould – don’t panic. If you catch the pesky damp early on, you’ll be able to repair your walls. To be able to spot the signs, you need to be able to understand the causes. You can test for damp with Moisture Meters.


What causes damp and mould?

Condensation is a big contributor to damp and mould being caused around a building. Anywhere there is moisture released into the air, you’ll get condensation. You’ll always have a little bit of condensation or misty windows. But, if it just doesn’t seem to budge you might have a problem.

You need to make sure rooms are getting proper ventilation and air to them. If you’re working in a busy commercial kitchen where there is a lot of steam, you want to think about covering pots and pans.

Any cupboards that are overflowing and pressed up against a wall will attract mould. This happens because there isn’t enough ventilation. Reduce it by storing less in the same place and consider adding a few holes for ventilation.

Move your furniture around and check behind big items. You could be covering nasty surprise if they haven’t been moved for a while.

Damp can also be caused if there are any leaks in the building, leading to mouldy patches. Other problems such as old brickwork that has become too porous over time can all affect the damp you see in a building. Read on to find out how to fix and prevent the problem.


What fixes damp and mould?

If you’ve got a damp or mould problem, or just want to prevent it, you’ll need to make sure your walls have the right protection.

If you need to stop the damp in its tracks, Zinsser Watertite will help to fix your problem. There are plenty of colours to choose from, its guaranteed to stop up to 34psi of water pressure and it can even be applied to wet surfaces! This special paint will protect your walls for up to five years, keeping degradation to a minimum. The great thing about it is that it can help to cure your walls instantly, so you don’t have to worry about damp.

Zinsser Perma-White Interior protects your surfaces from troublesome mould and mildew growth for 5 years! Don’t let the name fool you, it comes in an extensive range of finishes and colours, as well as being available in an interior and exterior grade. It can bond to glossy paints and It is ideally suited for any area of persistent high humidity, frequent temperature changes and poor air circulation. This paint is a great choice to make if you’re trying to prevent condensation causing problems in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, leisure centres, hospitals, schools, etc.

Our Glixtone Fungi-Shield Anti-Mould Paint Kits contain everything you need to provide a washable, decorative fungicidal, anti-mould, paint finish to areas susceptible to mould and bacterial growth, available in 1,400+ colours from RAL, NCS, and British Standard.

Suitable for:

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Woodwork
  • Bathrooms
  • Shower Rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Bedrooms
  • Living Areas

If you’ve any damp or mould related questions, we’re here to help!

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  1. Paula Porterfield

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