Damp is one of the most common problems that affects properties – both commercial and residential. Not only is it damaging to the structure of a building but it can also negatively affect your health. Damp proofing is a process that involves treating the walls of a property to prevent damp and its associated problems. Knowing the cause of the damp is essential to treating it properly so proper diagnosis by a professional is recommended.
What makes damp proofing so important for properties suffering from damp is that it provides a long term solution that will prevent any moisture from entering the interior walls. This is essential because once water starts to get through to the interior spaces of a property then it’s only a matter of time before problems such as wet rot, dry rot and timber decay occur.
There are many obvious signs of damp to look out for including mould, damp patches and flaking walls. You may suspect that your home is suffering from damp if you have noticed one or more of these signs.
Types of Damp?
There are a few different types of damp that can affect a property. There are –
- Rising Damp – Rising damp is where a building will absorb moisture from the ground which causes damage to the foundations. This type of damp will only affect the bottom floor of a building. One of the biggest telltale signs that a building has rising damp is if you see a ‘tide mark’ across the bottom of the interior walls.
- Condensation – Condensation is an extremely common type of dampness. More severe cases of condensation will result in black mould appearing on the interior walls of a property. Because condensation is the main culprit, this type of damp is usually worst in the winter months.
- Penetrating Damp – Penetrating damp is most common in older properties that have solid walls. Often the cause of this type of damp will be a leaking pipe which will allow water to get into the interior of the walls. It can also occur as a result of persistent rainfall penetrating through the brickwork. Brickwork can only take so much water before it breaks it way through and causes water damage, damp and a lot more problems in your property – but do not panic as every problem can be rectified.
If you suspect that your home or property is suffering from any of these forms of damp then it’s important to take action sooner rather than later. At LG Plastering, we are able to offer damp proofing solutions to tackle any type of damp your property may have. Please get in touch for a free quotation.
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