Internal wall showing signs of dampness

Signs Of Rising Damp

Rising damp present on wallsIf you are unsure whether or not you might have a rising damp problem in your home, then check out our guide below to see what you need to look out for.

If there any of the signs listed below occurring in your property then you really should consider contacting a damp specialist as soon as possible. If left untreated, a small rising damp issue could turn into a real headache. Find out more our about the range of rising damp treatments carried out by Timberwise.


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What are the signs to look out for rising damp?

Signs of Rising Damp

There are certain initial checks that can be easily made by yourself without the assistance of a damp surveyor. One simple procedure is to look and run your hands around the areas where you suspect there is a damp issue. This will give a good indication of if there is a rising damp problem present.

If you see any of the following, potentially there is a damp issue present:

    • Horizontal brown or discoloured marks at around 1 meter in height on interior walls. These will be damp to touch and are otherwise known as ‘Tide Marks’.
    • Plaster ‘bubbling’ and peeling away from the interior walls
    • Wooden beading and skirting boards becoming brittle and eventually showing signs of deterioration
    • Black mould appearing on walls
    • Walls feeling damp to the touch

Can rising damp be mistaken for other forms of damp?

Misdiagnosing rising damp for other forms of dampness is not uncommon – this is why it is important to employ the services of a damp specialist to correctly identify the type of dampness in the property.

If there are external defects such as faulty guttering or overgrown vegetation on the gutters this is often associated with a penetrating damp issue as opposed to rising damp. For more information about how to identify penetrating damp click the following link.

It is also important to note that you might not have had a damp proof course installed in your property over last 20 years. If you are seeing mould appearing on walls this could be a sign of dampness as a result of condensation. Check out our condensation page for more helpful free information.

Help! I think I have rising damp!

If you think you have a rising damp problem and need further advice then don’t hesitate to call Timberwise today! To speak to our damp proofing specialists today for free advice.

You can also request a survey online by clicking the link below:

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Call 0800 288 8660 to arrange a rising damp survey or