Rising Damp

Damp is to old houses what inflation is to economy – they both start rising rapidly if left unchecked and leave everyone affected out of pocket! Damp will not go away if you ignore it, paint over it or pray for sunshine. It requires positive action on the owners part and the sooner it is rectified, the cheaper it will be.

Whats the plan?

Having noticed the unexplained wet patch on the wall, the first step is to identify the source. This can be done while our trained specialist is on-site conducting the obligation free quote assessment.

The Problem

There are 5 main reasons why damp occurs:

  • Penetrating damp caused by moisture seeping through the walls.
  • Condensation caused by moisture being deposited on the walls due to inadequate ventilation and insulation.
  • Rising damp which occurs when moisture creeps up the walls from the ground through capillary action.
  • Salt contamination which occurs when moisture is absorbed from the atmosphere into contaminated bricks and render.

The Solution

To solve rising damp, 3 steps must be taken:

  • Installation of a damp proof course (DPC) to prevent further movement of ground water up the wall.
  • The removal of all salt-contaminated plaster to prevent it from absorbing moisture from the air and increasing the amount of moisture in the walls.
  • Providing adequate drainage to the area surrounding the house.

References

  • Midland Town Hall
  • Manning Estate
  • Old Soap Factory
  • Tranby House
  • Fremantle Terminus Building
  • P&O Building
  • Boans Factory Redevelopment

Contact us today for a free quote

All Surface Restorations are proud to provide obligation free assessments and quotations. Contact our friendly and professional team today to book yours in.