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Dampness on walls is a very common problem that can affect all types of properties. However, not all damp problems found on walls are the same, so the appropriate damp proofing for walls will differ from property to property.
Our guide below will give you a better understanding of various damp issues that affect walls, but the best way to correctly diagnose a damp problem on your wall is to organise a visit from one of our expert surveyors. Call us today on 0800 65 22 678 or contact us online via our contact form.
Watch this short video to find out more about rising damp and how it affects properties.
Rising damp is an issue that will only affect walls on the ground floor of a property. You can generally tell if you have a rising damp issue by the typical “tide mark” often left on the wall above the skirting board. It is often associated with white efflorescent salts which are drawn out of the brick work with peeling wallpaper and a damp musty smell within the affected rooms.
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Watch this short video to find out how condensation problems occur in a property.
Condensation is by far the most common form of damp on walls. Generally, condensation on walls is most evident when the condensation festers and allows black mould to germinate. You will generally notice this on outside facing walls where the wall is colder however, it can be quite random and will certainly appear more often within the winter months particularly in bathrooms and kitchens.
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This quick video shows the tell tale signs of penetrating damp from outside a property.
Penetrating damp (or moisture ingress as it is often known by) is a damp issue that can affect walls at all levels of a property. It can quickly saturate a wall and penetrate through to the inner walls. You can generally tell if you have a penetrating damp issue on your walls by examining the outside of the property to look for defective water management systems such as broken guttering or pipes. Defective pointing and plumbing can also be a common reason for penetrating damp appearing on walls.
Internally, evidence of penetrating damp on walls can include damp patches that never seem to dry out, damaged plaster, water marks on masonry and damp musty smells.
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The information above is a general guide to help you identify particular damp issues. For a more in-depth investigation, we would always recommend a survey from a damp treatment specialist.
To speak to a damp specialist, call 0800 65 22 678 or click to find your local branch. Alternatively, you can contact us online using our contact form and we will forward your enquiry to the local team.
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