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Penetrating Damp Survey

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Penetrating damp is a really common form of damp throughout the buildings of the UK, and if you’re experiencing a penetrating damp situation, it’s important that you take action as quickly as possible. At Damp Surveyors & Damp Proofing UK, we’re well-versed in handling penetrating damp for our customers, and we have the expertise and experience to inspect your property and uncover any penetrating damp vulnerabilities that you might have. This kind of damp is largely a nuisance on a superficial level, but there is the potential for more serious damage if it’s left to fester. Do the right thing, and take steps to protect the wellbeing of your property in the long run – reach out to our customer service team today for the betterment of your property.

What is Penetrating Damp?

You may have heard of penetrating damp previously, but what exactly is it, and why does it happen? As the name implies, penetrating damp is caused by the infiltration of water through the exterior of a building, usually due to some kind of construction fault or material vulnerability. Porous masonry, cracks in the rendering, defective door and window seals, inadequate pointing – these are just a few of the reasons that your property might be experiencing penetrating damp. Unlike rising damp, penetrating damp can happen all over your property, not just on the lower level – so you need to be especially vigilant to stop it from undermining your structure’s integrity.

Other Factors

There are typical weak points in buildings that can make them more likely to experience penetrating damp, but there are some less common factors that could be worth noting for our customers. For one, your roof is more likely to be vulnerable to leaks if you allow moss and mould to grow on the tiles, as this can cause material deterioration, and it’s likely it’ll block rainwater from being channelled into your guttering – and speaking of guttering, if that isn’t functioning properly, there’s a greater chance of standing water which will find a way into your property. You also need to pay attention to your structure’s wellbeing if you experience a period of particularly heavy rain.

Wood Rot

One of the dangers of penetrating damp that isn’t present with rising damp is wood rot – and the consequences of such a process can be quite damaging, especially if it affects internal support structures. Eliminating this kind of rot – the most common infestation being Dry Rot Fungus – can be an expensive and harrowing experience, because it spreads both freely and quickly, but if you fail to do so, the likelihood is that your property won’t be safe to live in.

Recognising Indicators

Our professionals can recognise the signs that there is penetrating damp in your property, and work to uncover the vulnerability that led to this situation. Damaged or misshapen plaster, localised dampness in strange spots, mould growth – this is just a small sample of the signs that penetrating damp has infected your property. Discovering this early on can go a long way to helping you resolve the situation quickly and effectively – and we have the expertise to get that done without fuss.

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