Damp Proofing: How it Works and Why it’s Vital for your Home
Rising damp doesn’t have to be difficult to spot: damp patches on walls, approximately one metre above ground level, are often signs of a home suffering from rising damp. Treating rising damp doesn’t have to be difficult though; a specialist company can survey your home and install damp proofing as a cure. If you think you’ve spotted the signs of rising damp within your property, don’t postpone getting the experts in: rising damp can easily be combated by specialists.
What problems are associated with rising damp?
There are several problems related to damp. Damp properties are at an increased risk of wood rot, and can also be prone to insect attack. Corrosion to cavity wall ties can also occur. Apart from these serious issues, damp homes can be cold, wet, and, in short, uncomfortable to live in, and can also pose an increased risk of respiratory problems. Damp proofing can help to stop the problems associated with rising damp.
What are the causes of rising damp?
There are various types of damp which our homes can suffer from, such as penetrating damp caused by broken guttering, defective plumbing and leaks in roofs, or damp caused by condensation created by ordinary tasks such as drying washing on radiators and taking hot showers. Rising damp is caused by moisture travelling through walls from the ground in a capillary action. The dampness takes salt deposits with it and these salt deposits are hydroscopic, which means that when combined with oxygen, they attract moisture and can cause damage to plaster work and erosion. A damp proofing course helps to stop this action, and makes your home safe from rising damp.
How does damp proofing work?
Damp proofing works by stopping moisture from travelling up from the ground through the walls of a property. A damp proofing course carried out by a specialist company consists of a survey being carried out, and if rising damp is found, a waterproof substance, such as slate or plastic being placed between the layers of brickwork near to ground level. The damp proofing therefore acts as a barrier, and stops dampness from rising up through the wall. If you’ve spotted signs of rising damp in your home, don’t postpone – it’s better to treat rising damp early, where possible, and surveys are often undertaken by damp proofing companies for free.
Why is it best to use a specialist damp proofing company?
Specialist damp proofing companies, such as A. Dobing & Co. should be your first port of call when it comes to fighting rising damp. Our team of experts have many years of experience behind them, as well as industry credentials, so you know that you’ll be in safe hands. We are members of the Property Care Association and part of the government endorsed Trust Mark scheme, and also offer insurance backed guarantees on all of our work. Experienced damp proofing companies will also be able to carry out the work in your home with minimal disruption to your everyday life. Damp proofing can be an excellent solution to rising damp; if you’re worried, seek expert advice today.