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Rising damp is a result of ground water breaching your damp proofing course and rising up through the buildings bricks and mortar. This is known as capillary action.
By ensuring you have a fully operational damp proofing course in place. Older buildings can suffer from failed a damp proofing course which means it may need replacing.
There are four Property Care Association (PCA) approved methods for the treatment of rising damp – chemical damp proof treatment, injection mortar/creams, electro osmotic treatment or the installation of a membrane. You can read more about these within the link.
Tide marks on the walls (up to a metre from the ground), peeling wallpaper & decaying skirting boards. Learn more by clicking on the link below.
Rising damp is ground water working its way horizontally up through a properties brick work. The two most common causes of rising damp is either the current damp proofing course has failed (perhaps you didn’t have one) or the ground around the walls of the house have risen. Failed damp proofing is more common in older buildings.
The most obvious sign is tide marks on the walls. Due to the force of gravity, these rising damp tide marks will typically only rise about a metre high from the skirting boards. You can learn more about the tell tale rising damp signs by clicking on the following link.
Gravity usually prevents Rising Damp from climbing more than a metre from the skirting boards.
Yes. Any form of damp in your property can lead to a more serious problem. For instance, rising damp can dampen the timber structure of your building, creating the perfect environment for a dry rot infestation.
For most people you do not need to be concerned. It might smell and look unsightly, however, the health risks are minimal. However, if the rising damp is extreme, it may lead to excessive amounts of black mould which may cause an allergic reaction, especially children, elderly people and those that have poor health. It can also cause issues for people who suffer from asthma. For more information on the health risks, refer to our governing body, The Property Care Association, using the link below.
Almost all homes are surrounded by natural moisture that is trying to penetrate its way through the building. If the damp proofing course has failed, then rising damp may occur.
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