Damp Treatment: How to Get Rid of Damp

Damp not only looks and smells horrible, it can also cause real damage to your property; living in a damp or mouldy home can also harm your health and cause respiratory problems, says the World Health Organisation. So if you spot damp in your home, it’s important to get rid of it as soon as possible – find out how below.

What are the Causes of Damp?

Damp is caused by a few things that can all be prevented by taking the appropriate action.

  • Rising damp is caused by moisture coming up walls through porous material such as bricks. Over time damp will cause mould as well as causing structural damage to walls and property. Rising damp often occurs when the impervious membrane or Damp proofing Course is defective. This layer is placed 150mm above ground level to stop moisture rising.

  • Condensation damp is by far the most common form of damp in your home. It is caused by hot air settling on cool surfaces such as windows in cool weather. It is most common in kitchens and bathrooms and cause wet rot to start on timber fittings such as window sills and frames.

  • Penetrating damp is caused by water entering your home through a cracked roof tile, broken guttering or blocked pipes. It can come through deteriorating mortar between bricks. It will cause mould and structural damage as well as damage wall finishes, carpet and furniture.

How to Get Rid of Damp

Treating damp properly is an important job and first you need to make sure what sort of damp you have by having a damp survey conducted of your property.

How do I know if I have rising damp? If you think you have rising damp you need to have the entire damp proofing course checked around your property. If you find breaks in the right places then you will have found the rising damp problem areas.

How to treat rising damp? You will need to call a professional local contractor who can use a chemical damp proofing material and insert it between the walls where the damp course has failed.

Condensation damp treatment means making some modifications to your home.

How to cure damp walls in the bathroom and kitchen:

  • Have extraction fans installed in the rooms where you see damp collecting on walls such as the bathroom after showers and baths

Treating condensation damp around the home:

  • Open the windows as often as you can to air out your home and take the damp air away

  • Insulate walls and lofts to improve the thermal performance of your home and this will keep the air dryer

  • Don’t dry clothes over radiators or indoors

  • Install double glazing on windows as this will prevent moisture collecting on cold glass

  • If you use a tumble dryer in your home, have it vented outside so no moist air enters your home

Penetrating damp occurs when an exterior problem arises and it lets rain water enter your house. Get in touch with a builder or damp proofing specialist who is trained to look for this type of leak. You may find that the leak is not directly at the point of entry as the water can run along roof beams before entering the home. A qualified local roofing contractor will be able to check roof, gutters and downpipes and replace and repair if necessary.

How to Treat Damp Walls

Now that you have repaired the leak or fixed the problem you will need to treat any damaged walls and interior surfaces.  Damage will be to paint finishes, plaster and will leave water marks, peeling paint and wallpaper and if bad enough rotten flooring. Clean up any mould and water marks with household products but use a mask when treating mould.

You will need to make sure that the walls and plaster ceilings and finishes are totally dry before you attempt to repaint and repair. If the areas are not dry you will have to repair again as the paint won’t adhere properly to the damp walls. If the damp was severe you might want to get a professional building survey done.

Harry says:

Thanks for this great article on damp. Damp can ruin a property and, if untreated can cause irreversible damage.

Garage Doors London

yvonne Dixon says:

Hi I am on higher rate fro dla and in receipt of Esa contributions based. I have recently had my bathroom replaced with a shower room by my council. Super job. My living /dining room is very damp and I am having to clean and disinfect my skirting boards every week to get rid of the black mold that is appearing on them also the wallpaper doesnt stick to the wall either. Is there any sort of grant to with putting in a damp proof course as the house doesnt have any kind of course at all?

mjackson says:

Hi Yvonne,

Thanks for your comment.

The contractors signed up to our service will only be able to offer a quote on a private job therefore you would need to contact your local council who should be able to advise further.
I hope this helps.

Mark @ Servicemagic

Mika says:

Hi, I have a walk-in wardrobe and recently it has started to smell and all clothes being taken out where smelly, then I noticed on my shoes and clothing there was mould growing on them, I don’t even know if some of the stuff can be fixed? But in the room there are no windows etc just a door to the bathroom or a door to the bedroom, no where else seems to be damp and we have spoken to the landlord who keeps telling us it is ‘condensation’, I don’t think condensation is destroying my clothes and shoes! Can someone please help what should I do to get rid of this damp and smell??

mjackson says:

Hi Mika,

Thanks for your post.

Please feel free to fill in our online request form and we will aim to match you with up to 4 local contractors who will call you in order to arrange a convenient time for them to visit you and provide you with a free quote.

Grace De Bavay says:

This is very informative post on getting rid of damp and moisture. It can make you more likely to have suffer from infections and asthma and thus we must make our home damp free.

mjackson says:

Hi Grace,

Thanks for commenting on our article – we hope you found the information useful.

Mark @ Servicemagic

BKSaha says:

Walls adjuscent to bathroom and kitchen are dampened and plaster of paris coating is bubbling out .Want to get it repaired before painting.Involved area is more than 100 sq ft.Its a small 2nd floor flat at Kudghat, Tollygange,Kolkata, constructed nearly 10 years back.Reqest the visit and consultation of good experienced contractor.Regards

mjackson says:


I’m afraid that we only cover mainland UK so wouldn’t be able to assist on this occasion.


ryan says:

I have damp up all the walls in my bathroom iv tried getting it of with a scrubber and just keeps coming back and my landlord isn’t doing anything I need help or information please

mjackson says:

Hi Ryan,

The best thing to do at this stage, would be to contact your local council who will provide you with further information.

Toni Hoccom says:

Hi I have damp at the front of my house creeping up from the skirting in the living room and front bedroom ive cleaned it up and used anti damp paint but now the damp is coming where i havent painted its also a private rented property

Mr p smith says:

We have damp on walls downstairs and upstairs on same wall also to other walls in house have damp could this be something to do with the damp course if so what can be done. Do thay drill holes and pump phone in to walls to solve the problem.
Thank you. Mr p smith

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