How to end dampness from a wall and then keeping it clear

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  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on May 07, 2017
    Hi there! We had a nightmare like this in our apartment, but we're good one - it really is possible to deal with. First of all, make sure you are locating and fixing the water source. Is it a leak? Is there space between the window frame and the wall that needs to be covered? It doesn't make sense to clean and dry out a wall until you have located and fixed the problem. Once you do that, it really depends on the extent of the moisture. For us, we were able to open the windows (we live in a dry climate - this only works in a dry climate!) for a day, and the next day, use several heaters in the same room to dry it out. In some cases, you may have to open the wall itself.
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    • Cori Widen Cori Widen on May 08, 2017
      That makes a lot of sense - will you try it??
  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on May 07, 2017
    Yes, Cori! It's essential to locate the source of the dampness. Is this an outside wall? We had to seal, from the outside and inside, a stone wall we had to stop it from leaking.
    Once you find the source it should dry up quickly in this weather and stay dry.
  • Sharon Sharon on May 08, 2017
    I actually like a fan for drying out leaks and flooded areas, You don't say where the wall is or next too. Used to be an apartment manager, and used a box fan or two to dry out accidents and floods all the time.
    • Humaira Humaira on May 08, 2017
      Thanks Sharon. I will do so
      The area is just under the window in a bedroom. It is away from the bathroom & next to it is balcony
  • Sharon Sharon on May 08, 2017
    Well a couple potential sources could be 1) the window sill is rotting/seperating away allowing water to penetrate the wall, caulk and/or replace sill. 2) The deck is the source of water, is it level, maybe one of the posts is failing and needs to be replaced. 3) I would look at the gutter above this area, it could be coming loose allowing water to drain down wall, or it could have a hole, or just need cleaning and check the downspout, is it full?

    You need to find the source of the water, cause water can cause lots of damage and allow mold to take hold. If you can't resolve it, get a good handyman.
  • Humaira Humaira on May 22, 2017
    Thank you Karen
    possibly it's water. As there's a water tap outside. Though no one used it for the past three years & the peeling has stopped since I have jet the window open & room in use.
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