Rising damp treated to stop it in its tracks once and for all

Rising Damp BristolUnwanted moisture in a building is known more simply as the dreaded ‘damp problem’ or more commonly, rising damp.

Rising damp is water creeping up the walls from ground level and the most common way of dealing with this is to create a physical barrier at a low level, otherwise known as a damp proof course, or DPC.

At Brunel Preservations, the first step is to identify the damp source and come up with an appropriate way of dealing with this. There are a number of options depending on the scale of the problem and type of building construction.

Where affected plaster is removed, we can re-plaster using a moisture preventative mix.

Our damp analysis and survey will identify the work that needs to be done and the costs — all of which we discuss with you before going ahead.

Why does rising damp occur?

Rising damp occurs when there is a high level of moisture in the structure of a building. This moisture is usually the result of water intrusion, from rain or leaky piping. Condensation can also cause damp since poor ventilation can keep moisture in a property.

Is rising damp real?

Contrary to a few sources citing otherwise, rising damp is real & affects hundreds of thousands of homes. Rising damp is the action of moisture rising up from the earth and into your home, increasing the moisture levels which induces damp. Without a damp proof course or some form of physical barrier, moisture will be able to permeate through your masonry/brickwork.

Will rising damp dry out itself?

Rising damp will not “work itself out” since the mere presence of rising damp means that there’s a fault in your property. If by chance the damp does stop itself, it will still mean your house is susceptible to further damp damage. It’s difficult to see rising damp, so by the time you actually discover or see its effects, it’s usually already developed into a serious problem.

Does rising damp cause mould?

Rising damp, like all forms of damp, does have the ability to cause mould since damp is a product of moisture. Damp will induce patches of mould since damp is the accumulation of moisture. Mould grows in moisture-rich environments, so houses that suffer from rising damp are perfect breeding areas for mould.

Can rising damp occur on internal walls?

Rising damp like all forms of damp can start to affect and build upon internal walls. This is why a lot of homeowners who are dealing with damp see peeling wallpaper. The moisture lifts the wallpaper from the wall, often building up a layer of damp/mould between the wall & wallpaper.

Do damp proof courses stop rising damp?

Depending on how badly your home has been affected by rising damp, a brand new DPC (damp proof course) should be able to stop rising damp. Damp proof courses are a preventative measure that stops rising damp from occurring. Since damp proof courses are a physical barrier between the moist ground surrounding the foundation of your home, it will stop any excess moisture from entering your home.

Can rising damp make you ill?

Damp itself cannot harm you, however, the mould that comes with the damp can. Patches of mould can release spores that are small enough to be inhaled. These spores can worsen any existing respiratory issues like asthma. These spores are actually toxic and can lead to major health concerns.

Can rising damp affect your health?

Damp won’t directly damage your health since damp is defined as “the moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects” Damp can cause other problems like mould which will end up deteriorating your health, especially that of your lungs as mould can be toxic.

Can rising damp be fixed?

Rising damp can be solved in a number of ways, with one of the most popular being a damp proof course. Damp proof courses create a physical or chemical barrier between the moist earth around your home that stops moisture from permeating through the brickwork. This in effect, fixes the rising damp by stopping the source.

New damp course options:

  • Physical
  • Chemical
  • Mortar injection
  • Electro-osmosis

All damp work is carried out in accordance with the BS6576 code of practice.