Damp on walls

How to identify the different types of damp affecting your walls

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Experiencing damp issues on walls is a very common problem with all types of properties. However, not all damp problems found on walls are the same and the way that you have to treat the particular damp issue differs too. Our guide below should hopefully be able to give you a better idea of the particular damp issue you are experiencing, the likely cause of the damp issue and what you can do to resolve it on your walls.  

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Rising damp on walls

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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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Condensation damp on walls

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Condensation is by far the most common form of damp on walls. Generally, condensation on walls is most evident when the condensation festers and begins to germinate into black mould. You will generally notice this on outside walls where the wall is colder however, it can be quite random and will certainly appear more often within the winter months and within bathrooms and kitchens.

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Penetrating damp on walls

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Penetrating damp (or moisture ingress as it is often known by) is a damp issue that can affect all main 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 the never seem to dry out, damaged plaster, water marks on masonry and damp musty smells.

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Need a little more help regarding the damp on your wall

The damp on walls guide above is only a general guide to help you identify the particular damp issue you are having on your walls. Certainly, for a more in-depth investigation, we would always recommend you speak to a damp treatment specialist.

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