Why people like you contact Castelo Construction I have a new apartment in Lagos which is suffering from damp or condensation issues in the winter period when the place is empty. Unfortunately, they are not alone in suffering from the common winter damp problems affecting property in Portugal. Problems like mould growing on your furniture, on clothes inside wardrobes, kitchen cabinets and rugs. Other problem areas are around the walls where they meet the ceiling and around doors and windows with black mould, green mould and brown mould ruining the paint, curtains and your mood! Can it be fixed simply and at a reasonable price – Absolutely Although it’s a common problem in Portuguese homes of all ages it is a problem that is very poorly understood by most builders and handyman that we have met. Both in cause and solution. Many people tell us of the despair they felt when they discovered that their new Portuguese dream home had a damp issue. There is a group of people unable to face up to the perceived turmoil of having the problem resolved once and for all. These people who prefer to paint over the issue. Some paint and paint for years adding dehumidifiers, wardrobe crystals, scented “air fresheners” and washing down with chlorine bleach a couple of times a year. We understand the unknown cost of treating the problem can be quite daunting but we would urge you just to ask for a quotation then you have a fixed position from which to decide what to do. Here are some of our recent enquiries. If you have a similar problem please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiry 1 I have a new apartment which is suffering damp/condensation issues in the winter period when the place is empty. Enquiry 2 I have a problem with black mould and would like a quote to get rid of it. Enquiry 3 After the heavy rain on Saturday, we found a water leak in the middle of our bedroom ceiling. The bedroom is on the ground floor. It has an overhanging deck above with a patio door leading to the lounge area. Enquiry 4 I’m writing to ask about getting an estimate for work on a stone house very near to Tomar. It has been renovated – the roof is new and the floor is tiled – but there is clearly a problem with damp, as shown by a musty smell, peeling paint towards floor level and condensation inside on the new glass doors in the attic. Enquiry 5 You write about this problem on your website and it sounds as though it can be remedied, but I have no idea what the cost would be. Please, could you let me know how to go about getting a quote for such work? Enquiry 6 There seems also to be a problem with tiles on the veranda. Enquiry 7 Our holiday home in the Algarve is showing some signs of damp in the basement and the stairs leading down to the basement. Could we arrange a visit from a technician in order to get a quote for the appropriate remedial work?