Rising Damp Treatment
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. If an ammatuer, or an unprofessional damp proofing company, treats rising damp incorrectly, it can result in further difficulties and expense without a solution. London Damp Specialists offer leading damp proofing treatments in London and can diagnose rising damp during a quick survey. We then recommend a course of action to fix it once and for all.
What are the Signs of Rising Damp?
Rising Damp can manifest itself in several ways:
- Peeling wallpaper
- damp or damaged plaster
- damp or damaged skirting boards
- a tideline or yellow/brown stains on the walls – as high as a metre or more
- fluffy, raised, powdery residue on plaster
If you notice any of these, you may have rising damp in your property.
Why does Rising Damp Occur?
Rising damp is caused by moisture below the wall, usually from the ground, being pulled into the material. It often comes from a failed damp proof course which has deteriorated over time or has been incorrectly installed. Another structure, such as steps that have been damaged, can allow the damp to be carried into the porous walls.
Rising damp can also occur when wall construction ages. The bricks become more permeable, developing cracks in the material and creating channels which pull up moisture into the wall – known as capillary action. If a wall was constructed badly, or a long time ago, then rising damp can be a real problem.
Rising Damp Solutions
Bricks are highly permeable and moisture will travel through them quickly. It is vital to have any suspected rising damp inspected by a damp surveyor 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 020 8528 3864 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. We even offer a 30-year watertight guarantee.