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Damp and how to fix it

4th January 2019

Damp and how to fix it

Damp creeps in and is not to be taken lightly.  It can be hard to diagnose the exact causes and needs to be treated from the root cause of the problem.

You can simply treat the symptoms but it will only mask the underlying issue and resurface.  Damp is a serious problem and should not be ignored or neglected.  Damp and mould can cause serious health issues and even death.  Infants and older people are especially vulnerable.

If the walls are starting to show signs or moisture or staining, it is likely that rising damp is the problem.  It starts when water rises up from the ground and travels up through the walls.

Water soaks its way through the brick/masonry pores as far as gravity allows. The build-up of moisture within the wall also transfers into adjoining plastering and leaves visible salt deposits.

How Can I Be Sure I Have Rising Damp?

Rising damp is different from other damp related issues due to a number of key characteristics. Look for the following signs to confirm your problem is rising damp:

Tide mark staining, usually yellow or brown hints coming up from the skirting boards.

White salty deposits will be left on your wall’s plaster work, these will brush and flake off easily.

Black spots of mould may be beginning to form in some areas, you can sometimes see spores spreading to surrounding furniture etc.

Boards and flooring may start to show signs of rotting.

If you’re having damp problems that don’t match up to these traits it is likely coming from the roof/loft. If damp patches appear over 1.2m up and are not evenly spaced, you will need to investigate elsewhere.

What Are The Causes Of Rising Damp?

It’s important you find the root cause(s) and treat  it effectively, otherwise it will have been a waste of time when dampness returns in the future.

Search your wall’s damp proof course.  You should be able locate this layer in the wall from the outside of your property. It should run along your walls horizontally, approximately 6” from ground level. It forms a vital barrier and stops water from rising through your wall. If your house does not have one, if so this is the primary cause.

Check for bridging. Anything that comes into contact with the wall which is higher than the DPC can form a bridge. This allows water to travel the DPC and eventually penetrate the house. Check that the ground level is not above the DPC. 

If your house is attached in any way, check your neighbour’s property, they may have caused bridging that’s affecting your home. Check their DPC is present, above ground level and not higher than yours or bypassed by external structures.

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