When moisture from the ground travels up through the wall by means of capillary action, this is usually due to a non-effective damp proof course, which has failed or broken down over time.
If you are having problems related to damp in your home, it is important that you read the symptoms correctly. There are a number of causes of damp, but the most serious underlying one is rising damp.
Rising is cause when moisture from the ground rises up the wall brickwork and plasterwork by capillary action. In some cases rising damp can rise near to 1.5mtrs high.
Once this happens the moisture affects the plaster and existing woodwork, such as skirting’s doorframes etc.
As ground moisture contains dissolved salts, when the waters evaporates these are left behind in the wall and on its surface.
These Salts are as below;
Sulphates These appear as a floury powdery crust on the surface. Nitrates & chlorides These hygroscopic salts absorb moisture from the atmosphere. Unless these salts are removed the problem will not be cured as they continue to draw moisture in.
Signs to look out for Rising Damp
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Our services for rising damp are vast and dependent on a full and thorough damp survey to the property or areas as requested.
Complete by our surveyor this will provide a full report and estimate of works needed. It will indicate the areas that need to be treated, the type of treatment and costs involved.
What you need to do
There are a number of ways to treat rising damp and you can begin with a call to Damp Busters to complete a free local estimate/survey of your property. We will establish which treatment would be necessary for the full eradication of rising damp to your property.