Rising Damp FAQ
Rising Damp Questions and Questions
Q1) What is rising damp?
Rising damp is the term used to describe the rising movement from the ground to the lower part of the walls, this is through capillary action. Rising damp can affect all types of properties, regardless of age, but it is pro dominantly older buildings that are susceptible to rising damp occurring. Rising damp is often misdiagnosed as other forms of damp such as: penetrating damp and condensation, so it is important to have a property care specialist inspect your home.
Q2) How do you fix rising damp?
Rising damp should be treated by damp specialists. Timberwise can help with this issue as we have a history spanning over 50 years in successfully treating all forms of dampness.
To fix a rising damp problem there are a number of effective damp proofing systems that can be used dependent on the property and the extent of the problem. Solutions range from a damp proofing cream that is injected into the brickwork. There is also an injection mortar that is applied directly into the wall of the building. Finally, an electro Osmotic system could be utilised which combats rising damp by running a small electric current into the wall to prevent dampness from rising.
Q3) What causes rising damp in houses?
Most recent properties have a physical damp proof course in place to stop rising damp. However, there are cases where the damp proof course may have failed or, especially in older buildings, there may not be a damp proof course present. Another reason for rising damp is that the ground levels around the house may have risen and as a result breached the damp proof course if present.
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Q4) How can rising damp be prevented?
Rising damp can be prevented by having a fully functional damp proofing system in place. If you own a building that has a rising damp issue and there is already a damp proof course in place then this may need replacing as it may be that the system has failed.
Q5) How high can rising damp go?
Rising damp can reach a height of approx. 1 metre above the ground, the damp can’t reach any higher as gravity prevents it from doing so.
Q6) Can rising damp cause structural damage?
If rising damp starts to affect the timber structures of your building then one of the outcomes that can be caused is dry rot. Dry rot is a wood rotting fungi that can spread throughout your property causing damage to the structural integrity of the building.
Q7) What does rising damp look like?
Two typical signs of rising damp in your property are as follows:
- Tide marks that are up to 1 metre above the ground.
- Peeling wallpaper as well as salts deposited on the walls.
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Q8) Can rising damp cause health problems?
This question is one that is asked by many customers. In many cases if treated in good time then damp won’t be a concern for your health. If left unchecked it can lead to other issues forming, such as mould, that can have implications on health. Having a damp smell in your property isn’t pleasing and the health risks aren’t a real issue.
Q9) What happens if rising damp is left untreated?
If rising damp is left untreated then it can lead to serious issues with the structural integrity of your property. If you left, the rising damp problem will worsen and the cost of damp proofing will only continue to rise. Any decoration that you have added to your home, such as wallpapering and plastering, will deteriorate increasing the costs further. If you are in the process of selling your home a damp issue makes the process longer for you and delay a sale.
To get rid of rising damp effectively you need the help of a damp specialist. Check out the rising damp survey page to tell you how your property will be assessed for dampness by one of our experts.
Q10) Is rising damp a myth?
Reading certain articles in a number of newspapers and online one would think that rising damp does not exist – we are told it is a myth! However, research has been made over many years into rising damp by the Building Research Establishment, and other such authorities which clearly show rising damp does exist, and there are easily applicable diagnostic techniques to identify this particular form of dampness.