Rising Damp Manifestations

Rising Damp is a common but often misdiagnosed problem. It can cause great harm to your home or property as well as posing a health risk. Allowing rising damp to be treated incorrectly can result in further difficulties and expense without a solution. London Damp Specialists can diagnose it during a quick survey and recommend a course of action to fix it once and for all.

Rising Damp can manifest itself in several ways. If you notice wallpaper that’s peeling, damp or damaged plaster or skirting boards, a tide line or yellow / brown stains on the walls as high as a metre or more, or fluffy, raised, powdery residue on plaster, you may have rising damp in your property. It usually comes from a failed damp proof course which has deteriorated over time, been incorrectly installed, or affected by another structure such as steps or has been damaged which allows the damp to be carried into the porous walls.

Bricks are highly permeable and moisture will travel through them quickly. It is vital to have any suspected rising damp inspected and then handled professionally with the assurance that it will be stopped in its tracks and eradicated. Expert analysis from London Damp Specialists will result in a thorough plan for its permanent elimination which may include:

  • Removal of any damp plaster;
  • Chemical injections to the damp proof course to repair it;
  • Adding a salt neutraliser to walls to dissolve salts present from damp penetration;
  • Installation of tanking, a liquid coating that bonds to damp brickwork and forms a waterproof barrier;
  • Applying a waterproof sand and cement interior render;
  • Making good with a smooth skim coat plaster.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to have rising damp stopped as soon as you suspect it. The sooner you call London Damp Specialists the sooner we can restore your property and safeguard your family’s health and the rest of your home. We are available today on 0800 0148 023 to help and guide you with any rising damp concerns. We work with minimum disruption and maximum effect leaving you with a damp-free property and peace of mind with our 30-year watertight guarantee.


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