November 4th, 2015

Property Maintenance – Preventing Water Damage

Property Maintenance – Preventing Water Damage

Water ingress can be very troublesome if it goes undetected; by the time it has been found, sometimes it will have done considerable damage to a property which will inevitably be expensive to put right. Hamilton King, a specialist company dedicated to quality estate management, including ensuring that properties under their control are correctly maintained, explains more about water damage and how to prevent it. Water, water, everywhere… There are many ways that water can get into a home. For example, it could come from leaking pipes, overflowing gutters or from the roof if there are missing tiles. Water can also seep in from around window frames or upwards in the form of rising damp, if the damp course is missing or damaged. With this sort of ingress, the only way to stop the damp is to fix the problem, and it is best to get any repairs carried out as soon as possible. Finding Water Damage in an Older Property Patient detective work can be needed when you suspect that there is a damp problem in an older house. One giveaway is a water stain on a ceiling or wall. If the property is one that you already own, this is a cue to investigate straight away before any structural damage is done. If you are thinking of purchasing the property, investigate the cause of the staining and ascertain whether it has been repaired, otherwise you may find yourself stuck with an expensive repair bill. Pay attention to freshly painted areas, especially if the rest of the house has not been recently decorated. Is there a bigger issue which the seller is trying to hide? Trust your sense of smell. Although some older properties naturally smell musty, especially if they have been empty for a period, a stronger than usual musty smell should act as a warning to start looking for the cause. If you think that your roof may be leaking, wait until it is raining and then turn off all sources of noise in the house, making it as quiet as possible. Then stand in different parts of the house and listen carefully. It may be possible to hear the drip of water from the roof into the house, and you should then be able to track down where it’s coming from. Condensation If the property is damp but you are not able to find any...

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