Damp Proofing is treatment for Rising Damp
Damp proofing is the main teatment for Rising Damp. A damp proof course is always recommended when Rising Damp is found in a property.
What is Rising Damp ?
Rising damp can cause damage to decoration, plaster and furnishings, is potentially unhealthy and can occur in most building structures.
Initially when buildings are constructed, a damp proof course is usually installed, which will be an integral part of the configuration. However when this becomes damaged or has not been installed properly, or has been “bridged” due to high external soil levels rising damp is often the result. Other factors such as leaking gutters or downpipes or condensation should be taken into consideration when making a diagnosis.
How to Identify Rising Damp and If You Require Damp Proofing Treatment
Rising damp is caused by moisture rising up porous brick or masonry walls through capillary action. (A little like moisture being absorbed by a sponge). The moisture will continue to rise until gravity takes over and stops any further movement. Rising damp can often be characterised by a “tide mark” like stain on the lower sections of the affected walls. It is important to identify if you have a rising damp problem and find an appropriate rising damp treatment as quickly as possible.
The easiest way to do this is to contact Durham Preservation who are qualified within rising damp treatments and are damp proofing specialists.
Rising Damp Survey
How is the survey carried out ?
Our surveyor will carry out a thorough inspection of the property to assess the extent of any rising damp damage and will determine whether damp proofing is required. Non destructive testing of all walls will be carried out with the use of a Protimeter MMS (Moisture Measurement System).
You will then be issued our unique, no obligation, on site quotation paperwork for your perusal.
Should you wish to go ahead with our recommendation as per our Schedule of Works and Quotation, our Surveyor can organise a mutually convenient date for the works to be carried out.
Rising Damp Treatment
Typical rising damp treatments would consist of either repairing the defective damp proof course or installing a new treatment system. This normally involves drilling holes into the base of the affected walls at pre-determined depths and centres and injecting with a cream / gel solution. Salt contaminated plaster requires to be removed and replaced to Durham Preservation standard replastering specification. No redecoration works should be carried out until the walls have been allowed to dry.
Our qualified surveyors will advise you on the drying out period as many factors have to be taken into consideration.