We all want to keep our cats as happy and as healthy as possible, and with house cats, there are a few things that we have to be aware of when looking after a cat. There are some plants that are poisonous to cats, and there are also household chemicals that you have to keep out of harm’s way, but there is another danger that you have to be aware of – rising damp. Rising damp is a form of household damp that seeps up from the lower ground areas into your walls and floors. This damp can be a large risk to animals such as dogs and cats, especially ones that stay home all day. If you have a house cat, then you need to pay attention and read this article thoroughly.
What Is Rising Damp?
Rising damp is a problem that many homeowners face throughout their home’s life. Damp rises because there is inadequate ventilation and sometimes water can be caused by the structure itself rising due to changes in its composition over time. But rising damp can also result from climate change. We will take a look at these issues and some potential solutions to them. Structural dampness most commonly occurs on one side of the house and is usually caused by external weather conditions. In the summertime the heat makes the upper walls and ceilings warmer, leading to increased humidity which rises into the living area. In the winter the cold makes the lower houses colder, reducing the amount of humidity that can rise into the living space. This all increases condensation – one of the main factors behind rising damp.
If you have walls with a single flat wall (including a loft), you are more likely to suffer from rising damp than those with a more complex composition of bricks, concrete, timber, plaster, mortar and concrete blocks. As well as these two types of wall profiles there are other contributing factors. For example certain parts of a property care must take when it comes to damp is the condition of the outer face of the building – the facade that comes out onto the road, the front of the building facing in, and so forth. If the weather is cold but the weather is hot, condensation can form on the facade of the building. It can also form on the property care if the house has a single story and it is perched on stilts, on the edge of a sloping site, or on the edge of a bank.
What Causes Damp In Your Home?
The main factors leading to damp are inadequate ventilation and condensation. But there are other things that can cause damp too. These include soil that are packed hard, the movement of water on the walls due to rain, and the build up of damp through the existence of wet patches. Wet patches are areas where water has accumulated but yet no air can get to it or out of it due to a lack of drainage. Other factors causing damp are the existence of low levels of damp in the property, cracks or crevices in the walls, and the presence of accumulated damp for long periods of time.
Damp occurs because of either stagnant water or of the accumulation of salts on the exterior surfaces of the property. Stagnant water causes the surface to become moist and often to develop capillary action. This is when water takes on the appearance of wetness on the surface. When there is a lot of salt on the exterior surfaces of the building then the water combines with the salts and forms what are known as capillary action. The damp that develops under the capillary action is known as rising damp.
There are a number of things that can contribute to rising damp in a property. One of the main causes is poor ventilation. Poor ventilation reduces the amount of air movement in the property and because there is not enough air movement the dampness can build up on the walls and ceilings. Another factor that contributes to damp is damp that develops on the walls. If the walls are damp then the plaster will collect on the wall surface, the mortar will crumble away, and the wooden floor boards will start to absorb moisture and the ceiling will develop mold and mildew.