WHAT IS PENETRATING DAMP?
Penetrating damp, otherwise known as lateral damp, is the development of moisture through the walls and roof or below the ground area of a building. Like most cases of damp, if left untreated it can cause problems for the structure and significant damage to the fabric of your home.
If a penetrating damp problem is left untreated it can cause deterioration to the fabric of your property including damage to walls, floors, ceilings and can even cause rot to timbers. Unlike rising damp penetrating damp, can happen at any level of your property. Penetrating damp can affect any age of the property. Older properties which have had a lack of maintenance are more at risk of penetrating damp problems causing deterioration to the building fabric. This is not to say that modern buildings do not suffer from penetrating damp. In some cases, due to defective workmanship or design, modern buildings can also suffer from penetrating damp.
The damp can form in isolated patches or can affect full wall areas. The damp can get worse after heavy periods of rain. Living in the UK, your home is at risk of rainwater penetration, however penetrating damp most often affects areas that are exposed to severe weather conditions or there is a defect in the property like missing roof tiles or defective render, gutters and downpipes.
How we treat Penetrating Dampness
Identify the problem
The first step is to establish the extent and severity of the problem and if requested, repairing/removing the source of moisture that is causing the penetrating damp. We will also test for wet-dry rot.
Select appropriate treatment
After consulting with yourself and taking into account the type of property, we will propose a treatment programme for the penetrating damp.
Install waterproof membrane
If necessary, we may recommend installing a waterproof membrane within the affected area to prevent the penetrating damp affecting timbers and plaster. We will also replace any plaster affected with damp.
Carry out work
Finally, our expert team will apply a preventative fungicidal treatment to the timber and surrounding area to protect against rot
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