What home improvements would you recommend to reduce to min damp and draft in an edwardian maisonette?
Asked on Apr 27 2012,
Home Improvement in Dinas Powys |
This isn't a one-line answer I'm afraid, as it depends on a variety of factors, but lets assume the edwardian house you're referring to is not suffering from ingress of water through the structure directly, and that you have proper extract ventilation in the WC, bathroom & kitchen. If not, you need to start there, as all these rooms, in every property, should be properly ventilated.
As most older properties do not have sealed double glazing, you have 2 choices, 1) fit secondary glazing panels, which is always preferable to having to change the whole windows, and trying to keep to a period design whilst doing so, or 2) consider having the sash windows refurbished with sealed glazing modules within the same frames. There are a few sash window refurbishment companies about.
You'll have to do the research for that yourself!
If condensation still persists, or you have mould growth in places you don't want, then you must obtain a dehumidifier. These very efficient devices enable you to even dry your clothes indoors effectively, without the risk of the wallpaper coming off. A dehumidifier also filters the room air of dust, and all the energy used is effectively converted as low grade heat which is re-circulated into the room. These are about a quarter of the cost of a tumble dryer to run, and affect the whole property, not just the cubicle within a machine, like a tumble dryer.
Answered on Apr 28 2012,
Firstly, if there’s any damp at all you need to find out the cause of that. Typically in that type or property there could be a variety of causes, some simpler to fix than others.
Often, ground levels outside have been increased over the years until they’re above the level of the damp course. A fix for that is to have a narrow french drain dug which will stop the damp course being compromised.
Another common cause for seeing damp or mould in older properties is that people have deliberately blocked airbricks and ventilation panels in an attempt to stop drafts. Airbricks are there for a reason.
If there are bay windows, they sometimes seem to be vulnerable spots for damp, but you’d need someone to look at the possible causes and fixes.
Double glazing will sort out much heat loss and looking at renewing the floor coverings will also help control drafts. Or if you want to keep the original boards, it can be worth taking them up and putting a membrane down then putting the floor boards back... no more drafts!
Bear in mind that if you have an open fire in any of the rooms, it needs a draft to draw properly. However, if you don’t intend to have a working fire, then you could have the chimney blocked in some way to stop drafts in the room
Answered on Apr 29 2012,
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