How to Prevent Rotting and Moisture Damage at Home

Moisture damage around the home can be caused by plumbing leaks, rising damp, blocked drains and poor ventilation; all of which can lead to costly repairs if left unchecked.

Types of moisture damage include:

  • Condensation – this causes mould and mildew, which can have health implications, particularly for allergy sufferers.
  • Plumbing leaks – water seepage from showers, toilets, kitchen and laundry appliances can cause warping, discolouration and rotting of floors and walls.
  • Wet and dry rot – this is caused by fungi, which thrives in damp conditions and can cause extensive damage to a house with a timber framework.
  • Rising damp – this is damp that permeates up through the walls of a house and is common in older buildings that do not have a damp-proof course.

Ways to prevent rotting and moisture damage include:

  • Regular maintenance of gutters, drains and plumbing
  • Sealing exposed timber surfaces with a suitable protective paint
  • Monitoring the water meter for signs of unusually high water usage
  • Eliminating moisture build-up by installing under-floor ventilation
  • Installing air filtration devices to eliminate mould and mildew
  • Lining walls with moisture-resistant plasterboard.