Penetrating Damp

Damp Problems

What is Damp?

Damp refers to the presence of moisture, water and condensation being present within a property.

Problems with damp in your property can easily occur but without any warning signs and can cause serious damage to your building’s infrastructure if left. When looking for damp in your property there are a number signs that you can look out for such as a damp musty smell, black spot mould or in extreme cases dry rot and wet rot growth on walls.

If you are seeing signs of damp in your property then don’t hesitate to contact Timberwise, as we have been dealing damp issues for over 5 decades and are one of the UK’s leading damp proofing experts.

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Nic Glover

Branch Manager and Waterproofing Design Specialist CSRT CSSW
North East

Sources of Damp Problems

Issues from damp can affect any type of building and can cause timber decay and mould problems. These normally originate from poor building quality, poor property maintenance or the failure of an existing damp proof course.

Our damp proofing specialists are experienced in all types of damp problems that occur in property and can prevent further damp issues from occurring in the future such as; condensation, rising damp and penetrating damp.

Penetrating damp problem on exterior wall

Identifying the Signs of Damp

The signs of damp usually depend on the type of dampness that is present, however, there are several common signs that homeowners can look out for:

  • Damp musty smell
  • The growth of black mould
  • Wallpaper will appear detached, discoloured and skirting boards broken and brittle.
  • Algae and mould will be present on the external walls
  • The surface of the wall and floor will feel cold or damp

The Problems of Damp in your Home

Dampness in your property can lead to structural damage over time as well as wood rotting fungi such as wet rot and dry rot. The longer the damp is left then the worse the problems of timber decay will be to the property.

Health Implications From Damp

Not only does damp cause problems to your building infrastructure but it can also come with health implications too. Damp or mould in your property can have a negative effect on any respiratory problems and exacerbate any asthma problems you may have. This is can be particularly harmful to young children and the elderly.

How To Stop Damp Problems?

Each damp problem is different and can be unpleasant for any homeowner. When your property is affected by damp it can fester and lead to structural issues which can be expensive to fix.
However, there are ways of finding a solution to the damp issue by making simple lifestyle or DIY property maintenance changes. When the problem is a bit trickier to solve then you will need a surveyor to investigate the property.

The first step to stopping damp at your property is to diagnose what type of damp problem you have and find the cause of the moisture entering the building.

Penetrating damp is a damp problem that can be treated through carrying out routine maintenance of the building. This can by repairing any leaks that may be present, unblocking gutters etc.

Having a rising damp problem will usually mean you have to consult with a damp expert. To get rid of rising damp will mean having a damp proof course installed or another of form damp proofing applied into the walls.

Surveyor looking for damp problems

Condensation is one of the main causes of damp problems across the UK. The reason why moisture builds up is through people carrying out daily activities in the property. With double glazing and increased heating in properties, there is less chance for warm air to escape. There are measures you can carry out by yourself to improve the ventilation in the property.

Simple adjustments such as opening windows when you are having a shower or turning the extractor fan on when cooking will help greatly to reduce the chances of condensation occurring in the property.

Sorting out the damp problem as earlier as possible is essential to stopping it from getting a whole lot worse. If you leave damp untreated, the problem will not go away by itself. It is important to understand that before any cosmetic damage can be fixed, the source of damp must be sorted out first.

Having an Expert Inspect the Damp Problem

The first action you must take if you have a severe damp problem in your property is to book a damp survey to identify the true nature of the problem. Once your survey is booked then one of our qualified surveyors will visit your home and diagnose the causes of the damp problems – be it rising damp, penetrating damp problems or condensation.

The surveyor will then provide a report detailing the best course of action to take. This can be from our range of damp treatments from the installation of a damp proof course (DPC) to providing condensation control services. Treatments from Timberwise will ensure that your property is kept damp free for now and the foreseeable future.

To request a damp survey for any of your damp problems, please fill out a property survey from the link below or call our team on 0800 288 8660.