WHAT IS RISING DAMP?
Rising damp is a relatively rare form of damp that affects the walls of buildings. It occurs when moisture from the ground travels up through the walls by capillary action. This means that ground water is effectively sucked up through tiny tubes in the bricks, like a series of straws. This water contains salts that also travel up through the wall.
Around the affected wall, you get other porous building materials such as plasterwork and the timber found in the floor boards, joists and skirtings. These materials will also absorb the ground water easily and you may find evidence of wet rot in the timber.
Generally rising damp is first noticed by the damage it causes to the internal walls of a building. Plaster and paint can deteriorate and any wallpaper tends to loosen. A visible stain often appears on the wall in the form of a tide mark at the point where the ground water has reached. You may also see salts blooming on the internal surface. This is something often associated with rising damp and will lead to the debonding of paints and even plaster work. Externally, mortar may crumble and white salt stains may appear on the walls.
How we treat Rising Damp
Identify the problem
Identify what source of moisture is causing your damp problem and the extent of any damage with a full survey.
Deal with problem
Deal appropriately with whatever is causing the damp, whether it’s a leaky pipe or a failed damp course, to put an end to the dampness and prevent it from returning.
Install damp proof membrane
Install a damp-proof membrane, if necessary, to protect plaster and timber in future.
Deal with secondary problems
Ensure that any secondary problems caused by the damp (such as wet rot) are dealt with, and timber or plaster replaced and treated as necessary.
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