Rising damp is often misdiagnosed in houses and buildings. It can cause serious damage to your house’s structure if it is left untreated. It also harms other resources and impacts the health of people living in the house. It’s best to have a proper damp survey conducted if you suspect your property has rising damp.

Rising damp is caused by moisture rising up through porous building materials like bricks and will cause damp walls, mould and structural damage over time. Rising damp occurs where the ground level around the house has been elevated, perhaps by a new path, flowerbed, patio or driveway. Water from the ground containing soluble salts permeates brick, stone and travels up the walls. When the wall dries out, the salts are left on the surface of the wall causing more moisture and permanent damp.

It is critical to treat the rising damp correctly once it is diagnosed because a bad treat can make the damage worse. Unfortunately, it is not a simple job like using a special paint to cover up the problem and hope that the problem will be solved.

 

Consequences of rising damp

Rising damp can cause serious structural problems to your property if left untreated.

It leads to plaster and paint deterioration and damage to the outer appearance of buildings. Homes and other buildings with a timber ground floor may also suffer from problems associated with wood rot, odours and pest infestation. Furthermore, moisture infiltrating from subfloor spaces and entering into the house can lead to the increase of mould and mildew which are harmful to the health of people living within the house such as allergies, asthma, respiratory infections and sinus problems.

 

Solutions

A well designed and installed subfloor ventilation system can reduce rising damp from underfloor spaces because excess moisture is extracted from the subfloor spaces and out of the home reducing the chance of rising damp occurring.

By using fans and ducts to extract damp air, the amount of moisture accumulating under the floor will be reduced preventing the build up of mould and unwanted odours. Basically, the system first removes the damp and musty air from the under floor, then blows fresh air to replace the extracted air.. Finally, (the most critical step) the system creates an air circulation pattern that has a drying effect. This is calculated based on air volume so the correct amount of circulation occurs.

It is unfortunately not simple to fix the damage causing by rising damp. It would be advisable to get an expert to look at your home. Otherwise, You can potentially make the problem worse which can cost you more money in the future.

   

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