Mould And Damp
Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:21 PM
Posted 07 February 2009 - 10:23 AM
I had the same problem winter 2007/08, when I arrived in March my bedroom walls were running with water & I had mould all over them. It not rising damp, as it was upstairs & not downstairs & is caused by condensation due to lack of ventilation.
This winter I have had someone check on the house every few weeks & air the place. I've just come back from there & I didn't have problems, so fingers crossed.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 12:55 PM
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:26 AM
To treat the mould buy a special paint available from your local paint store, to do a permanent fix insulate your walls and roof from either outside or inside.
Opening windows dehumidifiers etc they only treat the problem they do not fix it!!!
A cheap and quick method to insulate for dampness is to use on the external walls of the house and on the roof a material called in GreeK "MONOTIKO" it comes in big buckets and it looks like yougurt rather viscous material. If you are in the mood in the summer to do a bit of house work it can be fun. Hire first a low cost assistant to sand down and clean with a thick brush the walls and the roof. Then apply a coat of what they call in Greece ASTARI (some short of transparent primer) and then you can apply 3 coats of this Monotiko white colour viscous material. This solution will stop the moisture from getting into your house but it will not stop your house getting cold in the winter and hot in the summer. If you have a wet basement in the winter there iam afraid you have a rather serious problem which there is no cheap solution. You will need to excavate from the outside in order to insulate. If you would like a cheap solution the only thing which will resist moisture is a good tile glue which needs to be applied on the walls during the summer when the walls are rather dry.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:59 PM
I copied that one as a quote herunder.
The first thing you have to know is how to tackle the problem. Is it simply the fact that this moist is caused by a too high humidity from within or from outside the house. If it is caused from outside it means that the wall and/or the floor, to put it simple, absorbs and transports moist which is absorbed by the air in the area which makes a high humidity value ( 90% e.g. is a too high value) and condensates which causes your problem. In this case you have to prevent the moist to let pass the wall/floor and the best way to this is to neutralize the problem, depending from the kind of the wall's material, by injecting it or (even better) by preventing it to come from outside if still possible.
If the problem is caused from within the house it simply means that this part of the house has not sufficient ventilation. Ventilation means in this case a constant air flow or draft from outside to outside. In a closed area the humidity in the air condensates and hence causes your problem.
A professional with the right equipment can measure this. 9 times out of 10 the problem is caused by the ventilation matter. Using a dehumidifier is an artificial way of solving the problem which, on the long term, costs you a lot of money (electricity) but solves nothing.
Painting the ouside wall like Ton suggest is also a possibility we do that a lot in Holland with houses that have massive (220 mm) outside walls. In that case you have to take care which kind of paint you use. I don't know if Monotiko like Ton suggests is what we call a "breathing" paint. Which means that it keeps down the moist from ouside but lets pass the moist from inside. Usually this paint is on a chlorine-rubber base.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:16 PM
the web site is http://www.Solaair.com and the man to contact is Dennis
Posted 15 February 2009 - 12:37 AM
Sounds interesting but the presentation leaves open a lot of questions. The site info does not give technical data for how many cubic meters/room volume the system is good for. What happens during the night? Presumambly the system stops and the damp cold air accumulates again? Additionally in Crete during the winter the sun can only do a good job for a maximum of 4-6hours.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:32 AM
In winter 2007/8 I bought a couple of the dehumidifier plastic boxes with crystals & put them in my house. When a friend went to check on the place these were not only full, but had emptied all over the floor!!! One of them was upstairs & I have a wooden floor & the water came through the ceiling. It is also the upstairs bedroom which is the biggest problem, and this was where I'd left one of these!!! I suspect that this also contributed to the condensation & mould that I had that year in that room.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 11:01 AM
Ros to solve your issue with your dehumidifier plastic boxes you can insert a rubber tube at the bottom of the plastic container which drains the water outside the house via a house opening or a house drain tube.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:16 PM
looking to move to elounda later this year and read the post about mould and damp problems.
I currently operate a thermal imaging machine that pin points leaks and damp in seconds, it also spot electrical problems and can scan houses from top to bottom in 2 hours
just wondering if anyone local offered a simular service?
would it be a viable business in and around elounda?
we could also offer a full repair and renovations service as ive been in property renovations for 15 years
any comments would be helpful