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Rising Damp Survey

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Rising damp is no joke – it can be an indicator of a constant moisture presence in the lower reaches of your property’s structure, and this requires immediate intervention if you want to protect your property in the long run. Rising damp can be caused by a number of different factors (the common theme among them being the presence of moisture!), and at Damp  Surveyors & Damp Proofing UK, we have the expertise, tools, and experience to quickly make a diagnosis of the cause that will allow for a swift resolution. Damp can be a nuanced business, so having a proven track record that demonstrates you know the inner workings of these mechanisms is crucial if you want a reliable result.

What is Rising Damp?

So, what exactly is rising damp, and what can cause this issue in your property’s structure? Put in simple terms, rising damp is the catch all term for the absorption of water through the lower sections of the walls and foundations in a building. Humanity has been aware of rising damp for the last two hundred years or more, and it’s usually observed up to height of about a metre over-ground – although it has been seen at greater heights in some cases.

Processes and Indicators

There are a number of indicators that need to be paid attention to if you’re going to uncover rising damp at your property. Rising damp occurs when ground water and other moisture travels up through porous building materials and takes hold. These materials could be anything from brick to mortar – and although this effect sounds somewhat counterintuitive, since water typically follows gravity downwards, it’s a well-documented phenomenon. A tell-tale sign of rising damp that you can usually spot at your property is a ‘tide mark’ on the lower section of any affected wall structures. This is where residue is left over on the wall from water that has evaporated (as this is typically ground water, there are usually some soluble salts present in the water).

Damp-Proof Course

As the threat of rising damp is present in all buildings, there needs to be proactive protections put in place to limit the rise of damp through your building materials – and a staple of these protections is the damp-proof course. A damp-proof course (also known as a DPC) is usually a combination of a mortar course with bitumen combined with a plastic sheet – and these materials prove highly effective and lost-lasting in general. All new properties are required to have a DPC, and assuming they’re installed properly, rising damp shouldn’t be a major concern for you going forward.

Expert Evaluations

Our rising damp surveyors have seen all the potential causes around, and are extremely careful when it comes to diagnosing the issue. If you make an error during the evaluations and inspections, there’s a big risk that you could end up treating a problem that doesn’t exist, and then leaving the real issue to fester on – and this will almost certainly result in more extensive damage. Leave it to our specialists, and your property is guaranteed to live on safely.

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