Damp can rise up through the ground, come from a burst pipe or from tiny water droplets in the air called moisture.
These tiny water droplets are created by your shower, bath, kettle, washing machine and when you breathe in and out.
You can see condensation when you breathe out on a cold day or when the mirror mists over when you have a shower.
If your home is damp then it can damage the building and it can make any breathing problems like asthma worse.
How can I stop damp?
Stopping damp is easy if you stick to a few simple rules.
When you are cooking or washing up or having a shower make sure you close the door to other rooms and open a window.
Open windows when it is not too cold to let fresh air in.
Use lids on pans when you are cooking.
Wipe down your window sills as water collects on your windows. This is called condensation.
If you do not have a dryer for drying your clothes then try to dry them outside on a washing line and not on your radiators.
What if I have damp?
If you have damp then you might notice wet patches on your walls.
This will look like a darker patch on your wallpaper or paint and might feel wet when you touch it.
You might also get dark marks appearing on your walls which look like mould.
If your rooms smell musty or stale then you might also have damp.
If you think that you have damp then please report a repair to us or speak to your supported housing officer.
You can report a repair by clicking here.