If you have a damp problem in your home, you could be worried that it’s going to cost a significant amount of money to sort out.

However, there are various kinds of damp that can affect UK properties, and some of the solutions could be simpler and cheaper than you may think.

If you have a damp patch on your wall – and it’s an external wall of your property – the issue could be caused by something as simple as blocked guttering. In this instance it would be what’s known as penetrating damp and is the result of water soaking through the wall over a long period of time.

So, if you think that you have a damp issue on one of your walls, begin by inspecting the outside of your home. If the problem seems to be originating from near a piece of guttering, take a closer look, as a blocked gutter can mean rain water sits next to your walls rather than draining as it should.

If you discover this is the issue, begin by clearing your gutter – or paying for gutter cleaning in Merseyside or wherever you live. Once you have tackled the root of the problem, you can move on to fix the damage in your home.

Depending on how long you’ve had a damp issue, this could be a simple case of waiting for the wall to dry out and then repainting it. If the plaster inside is damaged, you might need to do more work to get everything back to the way it should be.

If your gutter isn’t the source of your problems, consider that it could be caused by damaged pointing or render on the outside of your home, defective or missing flashing on the roof, or simply condensation.