rising damp

Think you’ve got rising damp? Here at Shields Damp Proofing, we understand the importance of having your home protected from the outside elements.

If you think you have rising damp on your walls then don’t delay, take action today! Penetrating damp can slowly attack your home and can spread quickly if not treated. In some circumstances it can cause problems with your health.

rising damp

It is highly recommended that a professional remedial survey be carried out to avoid unnecessary costs of repair that may not address the problem. Shields Damp Proofing will provide free surveys and reports with honest advice on your options and the best course of action. Don’t delay, for a rapid response call today on 0208 001 0133.

Rising Damp can occur on both external and internal walls, usually originating from ground water. The wall acts like a wick absorbing water upwards through the bricks and mortar.Walls that are in good condition will have an effective damp proof course and rising damp is unlikely to occur unless the damp proof course has in some way been compromised, for example:

  • Due to age
  • Original use of poor materials
  • Leaking roof
  • Defective guttering
  • Decayed windows and doors
  • Home improvements added such as a porch, conservatory or adjoining wall
  • Raised soil levels or other materials or rubbish against the external wall
    below and above the DPC
  • Materials within the cavity of a cavity wall construction

If the damp proof course has been breached in some way, action is required to correct this as soon as possible. If left unchecked, damp on the upper walls will lead to deterioration of brickwork, internal plaster and décor, leading to mould and fungus and a risk to your health.

When internal plasterwork in the home is exposed to rising damp, it will break down and eventually need to be replaced. This will involve removal of the existing plaster and require a new sand and cement render applied together with the appropriate waterproofing additive and then skimmed with the appropriate finish plaster.

Skirting boards will have to then be replaced, replacement of any rotting timbers and any flooring replacements and rebuilding of any brickwork.

It is therefore much more economically to get the damp treated when it is first seen in your home to prevent it from getting worse.

Call the experts at Shields Damp proofing today to organise a free site visit on 0208 001 0133.