What Is Rising Damp

Rising damp is moisture found in your walls due to water on the ground, underneath or beside your walls rising up through the material of the wall. It occurs on the bases of walls and then moves upwards vertically mainly because the damp proof course that most homes are required to be built with is not performing its task of preventing the moisture from rising.

The majority of walls, as well as floor surfaces, make it possible for a certain amount of water in, but it’s often stopped from causing harm by a barrier known as a damp-proof course. A damp-proof course is a flat strip, generally produced from plastic or bitumen felt, built into the wall at the height of at least 15cm above ground level.

Water can rise through porous materials via capillary activity. Some common porous elements that enable this capillary action are wood, bricks, and concrete. They are the things we typically construct our buildings from.

The water goes up the wall of a building in the same manner that a sponge will absorb the surrounding water by a kitchen sink.

Signs Of Rising Damp

  1. Peeling paint, plaster or wallpaper, often with wet patches.
  2. Floor coverings lifting or damp patches.
  3. Mouldy bricks.
  4. Mildew on walls
  5. Tide marks

Rising damp is undesirable, potentially harmful, in many instances leads to timber rot and can result in heat loss due to the increased conductivity of the walls. Get in touch with an experienced and qualified rising damp specialist as soon as you notice these signs to resolve the issues and reduce likely future damage as well as, lower the potential costs to remedy the issue
 

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