The Issue of Damp

High humidity is the leading cause of damp problems in the United Kingdom. Moisture, mould, and damp patches can form in ceilings, roofs, walls, and floors as a result of this. Damp is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of issues caused by high dampness. It’s vital to determine what’s causing the problem and where it originated.

Support structures such as walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, and all wood parts are all affected by damp. If the damp is not regulated and eliminated, the property’s structural components will begin to decay, jeopardising the support structure and causing more severe problems. It’s always preferable to avoid acting to solve an issue because the answer is usually more involved (and expensive) than avoiding it. However, sometimes it’s too late by the time it’s discovered, and the only options are treatment, repairs, and replacements.

The presence of damp marks on walls may suggest that the existing damp proof course has been weakened or that the outside coating has failed to repel rain. Many rising damp problems have been treated and solved by Sussex Damp Experts, who have used treatments, repairs, and prevention measures to achieve damp proofing buildings that allow pleasant indoor living.

Sussex Damp Experts can help you address any damp problem. If you have any concerns related to dampness problems, please get in touch with us as soon as possible on 01273 257 765 to get a specialist team to investigate your property and give you the best advice to treat and repair the property avoiding more significant hassle.

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What Is Rising Damp?

Rising damp is a very uncommon type of moisture that affects building walls. Moisture from the ground rises through the walls as a result of capillary action. This means that groundwater is drawn up through microscopic channels in the bricks like a series of straws. This water contains salts, which move up the wall as well.

Other porous construction elements, such as plasterwork and the timber found in floorboards, joists, and skirtings, are located around the damaged wall. These materials will also readily absorb groundwater, and you may notice signs of wet rot in the wood. For help detecting and treating wet rot, consult our guide.

Rising damp is usually detected by the harm it causes to a building’s internal walls. Plaster and paint erode over time, and wallpaper loosens. At the point where the groundwater has reached, a visible stain emerges on the wall in the form of a tide mark. Salts may bloom on the interior surface as well. This is a common symptom of rising humidity and can result in paint and plasterwork debonding. Mortar may crumble externally, leaving white salt stains on the walls.

Is Rising Damp A Myth?

It’s crucial addressing the dispute about whether or not rising damp occurs at this stage. There has been a long-running argument, both online and offline, about whether rising dampness is genuine. The most prevalent misdiagnosis of rising damp is the key reason why this argument continues to boil.

Rising damp is frequently misdiagnosed by unskilled and under-qualified surveyors and craftsmen. When the diagnosis is incorrect, the treatment fails, and the ‘damp’ problem persists.

Rising Damp Can Be Misdiagnosed

Rising damp can often be confused with damp caused by condensation, being this the most common reason for a wrong diagnosis. Specialists in the industry offer good advice around this referring to BS5250: 2011 that states: “One of the most reliable ways that may be used to differentiate between dampness due to condensate and due to rising damp is to compare moisture in the contents of samples of masonry, or preferably mortar, from within the depth of the wall and near the inner surface of the wall; samples from within the wall will not be damp if surface condensation is the sole cause.”

In other circumstances, increasing damp is correctly diagnosed, but the contractor fails to treat it. In most cases, this is due to a failed injection of a chemical DPC cream. The wrongly inserted chemical DPC, unsurprisingly, does not work. Both of these scenarios result in a disappointed and often angry customer, as well as a harmed industry.

The truth is that rising damp is a real problem that affects some homes. It’s a genuine and severe issue that has to be addressed by qualified professionals with care and attention, such as Sussex Damp Experts’ team.

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Rising Damp Symptoms

Rising damp is a relatively common type of damp, and treatment will only be effective if diagnosed correctly. It’s critical to have a professional diagnostic from a competent surveyor, which will include a rising damp survey of your home, as well as salt analysis.

You may have seen a number of significant rising damp indications in your house, all of which suggest that you have a rising damp problem. This page will help you better understand the most typical rising damp signs and symptoms. This post will also help you figure out where these signs are coming from in your house. Even if you suspect your home is suffering from rising damp after reading our list of crucial rising damp signs, it’s still a good idea to have a professional inspect the area to be sure.

It’s vital to acquire the appropriate diagnosis for rising damp so that it can be fixed as soon as feasible. Professional surveyors from Sussex Damp Experts can conduct a complete damp survey of the home and accurately diagnose the problem’s root cause. To the untrained eye, rising damp can be difficult to differentiate because it might be difficult to tell the difference between rising damp and other types of damp, such as condensation or penetrating damp.

However, the following are some of the more prevalent indications of growing damp to keep an eye out for:

  • Salt stains on the seabed.
  • Dark areas on walls that are damp to the touch – you want to make sure that the brickwork/masonry is wet, not simply the plaster or wallpaper, to better indicate rising damp.
  • Wall coverings are stained, wallpaper is flaking, and paint is blistering.
  • The smell is damp and musty.
  • Plaster discolouration and fragmentation
  • Skirting boards, floorboards, and floor joists that are rotting.

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Purchasing A Property With Rising Damp Symptoms

We recommend having a rising damp survey done before finishing the deal if you are purchasing a property.

Sussex Damp Experts have qualified surveyors with industry-recognised professional credentials. If your home was built after the 1850s, you should expect to see DPC in some form, whether it’s bitumen or slate. It’s unlikely that this has deteriorated unless there’s been some sinking, which is a significant problem in and of itself. Another reason the DPC failed is that it was bridging, which is frequently caused by debris or insulation in the cavity wall below the DPC level. Outside, ground levels may have increased above the DPC level.

Because it’s always better to prevent than to solve a problem, contact us on 01273 257 765 today to receive expert advice on dealing with your damp problems’ concerns the best way possible.

Can Rising Damp Cause A Major Property Issue?

Rising damp is a significant issue that can cause structural damage if left unaddressed. It’s incredibly unpleasant to live with because of the damage it may do to your plaster, flooring, and decorative finishes, as well as the stench. Like most types of damp, rising damp is terrible for your health and can make some respiratory diseases worse. It can also contribute to more significant energy expenditures due to increased heat loss.

Ways To Deal With Rising Damp

Before initiating any rising damp treatment, our professional damp surveyor will do a full damp survey of the affected area. This enables them to precisely diagnose the type of damp problem your home is experiencing, as well as the repairs that are required to resolve the issue. Repairs will be completed in a timely and cost-effective manner by our skilled specialists. The sort of rising damp remediation work required is dictated by the property’s nature and existing state. It may be necessary to remove wall fabric, repair an existing DPC, or install a new DPC to do this.

If the existing damp proofing system fails, our professionals will replace it with a brand new one. Often, the most cost-effective treatment for a developing damp problem is a chemical DPC.

This technology aims to generate a continuous layer of waterproof material that acts as a barrier, preventing water from climbing up the masonry walls. This approach often requires drilling small holes in the wall to allow for installing new DPC material, which is then fed into the holes to protect the walls from further wet. All hygroscopic salts and rising damp-damaged plasterwork must be stripped. The wall can be coated with restorative plaster when the new DPC is installed to prevent additional salt migration. This is to ensure that any salt-affected areas of the plaster have been removed. A cavity wall damp proof membrane can be installed before re-plastering to avoid salt migration and allow the wall plaster to dry faster.

Don’t be alarmed if all of this makes you feel uneasy. With over 10 years of combined experience, our professionals deliver damp property solutions to commercial and private homes throughout Sussex. We will be able to evaluate your damp problem, find the most appropriate and cost-effective solution for your property’s individual damp problem, and provide you with a long-term guarantee on the repair work, all for your peace of mind.

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Rising Damp Treatment

The installation of a chemical remedial damp proof course will be used to treat rising damp. You’ll need to remove any old contaminated plasterwork or decoration, as well as the skirting board, to expose the brick/stone up to one metre.

Injecting a silicone-based cream into the mortar joint is the quickest and easiest way to cure rising damp. The chemical will infiltrate the mortar and create a damp proof course, preventing water from rising through the mortar’s capillaries. Re-plaster with a waterproof and salt inhibitor chemical in a sand and cement mix to finish the damp proof course.

Other re-plastering requirements for traditional plastering with sand, cement, and lime are available. To seek more information or any advice on rising damp, please get in touch with us on 01273 257 765.

What Are The Costs Involved In Rising Damp Solutions?

Sussex Damp Experts offers a diverse range of products and brands. Each situation has its unique set of requirements and constraints, resulting in a variety of rot damage treatment and repair options.

Rising damp should be handled by a professional as soon as any of the symptoms described above appear. The longer it goes untreated, the worse it will get and the more harm it will cause to the house’s structure.

Because no two situations are alike, please get in touch with our team at 01273 257 765 to schedule a survey. One of our surveyors will come to your home to discuss your problems and requirements to present you with the most cost-effective quote possible.

Why Choose Sussex Damp Experts?

Sussex Damp Experts can help you with everything from inspections to treatments and repairs for wood, walls, ceilings, and floors. Our clients include commercial property owners, property management companies, and residential property owners.

Our damp proofing experts will inspect and assess the severity of your property’s moisture problem. We specialise in damp and timber treatments and rotting wood repairs, and we employ the most effective methods to solve all damp issues.

Our personnel have completed training that meets or exceeds the industry’s requirements. All of our surveyors are Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT), guaranteeing that our customers receive the best possible service.

The following are some of the benefits of using our services:

  • Almost 20 years of combined experience;
  • A welcome group of specialists with a wide range of skills;
  • Reasonable prices;
  • Any property can benefit from this service;
  • A 30 year guarantee is included with all work.
  • Repairs for both dry rot and wet rot;
  • Real estate inspections;
  • A successful track record.

Call us at 01273 257 765 or email us if you are experiencing any damp problems at a property.

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