Damp proofing

The Problem

Rising damp is a commonly encountered problem in some types of building, however it is often misdiagnosed. Rising Damp is simply, water from the ground that enters a structure by capillary action. Water rising from the ground often introduces contaminating salts into the walls and plaster coats. This contamination will often result in a need for the plaster to be removed and replaced using specially formulated salt resistant plasters. Decayed skirting boards, crumbling or salt stained plaster, discolouration and staining, decayed timber floors, peeling paint and wallpaper are all common when walls are affected by rising damp. Water that enters or affects a building through any other route can move about in various ways but is not rising damp.

The Solution

image It is important that the investigations into dampness are undertaken by a trained and competent surveyor who can recognise and understand the problem. Our surveyor who undertakes inspections is fully qualified, and has been awarded the industry standard CSRT qualification. They will carry out a thorough inspection of your property to establish the need for any rising damp treatment. The survey includes an imageexternal inspection to look for defects that may relate to the existing problem or cause damp problems in the future. A visual inspection of all internal ground floor walls. Walls will be scanned with a resistance moisture meter. Where visible damage to decorations or higher levels of moisture in the plaster is identified, a more detailed inspection will be carried out. Once dampness has been identified above the normal threshold, the surveyor will make recommendations on the most appropriate rising damp treatment. Recommendations may vary depending on our customer’s requirements. Our surveyor will always try to adapt the specifications to solve the problem and at the same time match our customer’s needs.