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Rising Damp

Our skilled surveyors are proficient in detecting rising damp issues and can offer precise and effective solutions to address the problem.

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Rising damp is visible as moisture on the lower sections of your walls. You may first notice this issue in the morning, when you see damp patches near the base of your bathroom walls, or when you return home after being away and find dampness on the lower portions of your interior walls.

If you have noticed signs of rising damp, it is important to take action before it leads to more serious damage to your property.

  • Moisture patches or staining along the lower sections of walls.
  • Crumbling or blistering paint and wallpaper near the base of walls.
  • There is a musty odour, particularly in confined spaces like basements.

The above symptoms can cause infected areas in your home, resulting in damage to your brickwork, potent and stale odours, and harming the health of anyone living on the property.

What is Rising Damp?

Rising damp is a phenomenon wherein water infiltrates from the ground, encircling the foundations of a building. The natural porosity of brick and stone allows moisture to permeate these materials over time gradually. This process occurs as heat facilitates the upward movement of moisture, carrying soluble salts, notably sulphates, nitrates, and chlorides, commonly referred to as "capillarity."

The extent of subsequent dampness rising is contingent on several factors, including the porosity of the brick or stone and the rate of evaporation. Masonry with a high proportion of fine pores allows water to ascend to greater heights compared to materials with coarser pores.

When left untreated, rising damp leads to the accumulation of a substantial quantity of salts within the building's structure, resulting in the formation of a salt band. Chlorides and nitrates, being hygroscopic, tend to absorb moisture from the surrounding environment. Consequently, higher salt concentrations lead to increased moisture absorption, especially in humid conditions. It is crucial to address rising damp promptly to prevent the adverse effects caused by salt build-up in the building.

Why Rising damp can be a problem

Rising damp often goes unnoticed at its initial occurrence, which can eventually lead to timber decay and increased heat loss due to higher wall conductivity. Not only is rising damp unsightly, but it can also pose potential health risks and gradually deteriorate the masonry, causing the surface to crumble. Moreover, if moisture permeates the plasterwork, extensive and disruptive internal treatment becomes highly probable.

If you suspect your property may be experiencing signs of rising damp, it is crucial to take immediate action to keep the treatment costs at a minimum.

How you can spot Rising Damp

Typical indicators of lateral damp include blistering or peeling wallpaper, along with patches of discolouration becoming noticeable on the lower sections of interior walls. This type of dampness can lead to significant structural damage, such as deteriorating plaster work, rusting of skirting board nails, and the decay of skirting boards. Externally, white bands of salts may be visible along the lower region of a wall.

How to fix a Rising Damp problem

To properly address dampness concerns, it is essential to conduct a professional survey to determine if rising damp is the actual issue. Many treated houses do not have rising damp but other forms of dampness. To identify potential causes, inspect the external areas for faulty water services or elevated patios or flower beds exceeding the DPC level. Opening windows and heating the room to improve ventilation might help the area dry naturally.

If no apparent signs are found, it is highly recommended that a damp surveyor be hired to assess the property and recommend the appropriate action. The rising damp treatment usually involves injecting water-repellent chemicals into the masonry and replacing affected plasterwork and damaged timber.

Contact Easy Damp today for a full diagnosis and treatment of Rising Damp

With over 20 years of experience in the damp proofing industry, we have developed a vast portfolio of customers who have received more than satisfactory service. That is why a high percentage of our work comes from recommendations from homeowners who have benefited from our work, and it has been carried out to the very highest standards.

Our company is committed to providing not only a highly effective and professional solution to damp problems but is also backed up by the very best standards of customer service and satisfaction.

To speak to an industry professional today, call us at 0161 527 6777.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A damp survey is a professional inspection conducted by our expert team to identify the cause of damp issues in your property. It helps us recommend the most suitable treatment based on your specific requirements and findings. It is essential to have a damp survey to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective damp-proofing solutions.

Our qualified surveyors will thoroughly inspect your property to identify rising damp, wet rot, dry rot, or woodworm issues. We will provide a detailed report of our findings and offer a cost estimate for any necessary remedial works. If you proceed with the recommended treatments, the survey cost will be deducted from the final price.

In many cases, customers believe they have rising damp, but it may not be the correct diagnosis. Our survey will provide an accurate assessment, and if rising damp treatment is unnecessary, we will advise you accordingly. We only recommend treatments that address the actual damp problem present in your property.

Damp problems can cause significant damage to a property and can also pose health risks. Our damp-proofing treatments will safeguard your property from future damp issues, preventing structural damage and protecting your well-being.

Not all buildings require a damp proof course. Our expert team will assess your property during the damp survey to determine if a damp proof course is necessary. 75% of buildings with a damp proof course don't need one.

Once you receive our damp survey report and cost estimate for the necessary remedial works, you can choose to proceed with the recommended damp treatments. We will guide you through the process and ensure effective solutions for your property's damp issues.

Ignoring damp problems can lead to further deterioration of your property's structure, potential mold growth, and health hazards. Acting promptly by addressing damp issues will prevent more extensive damage and costly repairs in the future.

Yes, our damp survey team consists of qualified and experienced professionals who are specialists in providing expert damp surveys and damp proof courses. They are well-equipped to diagnose and recommend effective solutions for various damp-related issues.

Absolutely! Our damp survey and treatments are available nationwide, ensuring that you can access our professional services regardless of your location. We are committed to delivering high-quality damp-proofing solutions to safeguard your property and your health.

To schedule a damp survey with our professional team, reach out to us through our website or contact information. We will be glad to assist you in identifying and resolving any damp-related issues in your property promptly.

Helen Burroughs
Helen Burroughs
From start to finish, Chris and Hayley have been amazing. Supporting my survey, supplying extra information needed from my lender and conducting the works on my new home. They are so understanding about the stressful nature about buying a home, the cost it takes for some of the works and the best ways to explain to the customer the benefits, and costs over a longer period. Lee also was amazing, him and the guys conducted our works, but he called to clarify, and even checked when i was available after they had finished the works to meet me in person and go through the next steps ie, how i go about painting etc after the works had been done and gave his person details for any questions i may have. Guys, thank you all so much for all your hard work and support and for anyone needing, these are the business you choose. Personal, honest, understanding and hardworking!
Michael Sweeney
Michael Sweeney
Very informative and professional. We Can’t thank Hayley and Chris enough for all their help and support. Our problem is solved. I’d recommend Easydamp to all friends and family. Very professional in every way.
Katie Burroughs
Katie Burroughs
Impeccable service throughout and really supported the documents needed for our lender. Will be continuing to use them to conduct the works at the property and recommend them to everyone that’s needs their services! Thanks Hayley and Chris. Really supported me through buying my first house and what’s needed.
MIKE HUGHES
MIKE HUGHES
Excellent fast service from Easy Damp. Friendly, professional, competent, well turned out work force. highly recommended.
Adam Hewitt
Adam Hewitt
Fast and professional service from a friendly team. Initial survey of our house was booked and done very soon after initial call, with a thorough look round and then a recommendation to install some units to help with the damp and mold problem. The actual installation was arranged within just a few days, and done in a matter of a couple of hours by a team of 3 who were friendly, explained what they were doing and why, kept things clean and tidy by putting down protective sheets, hoovered up afterwards, and did a spot of plastering to fill some gaps around one of the new units to leave a neater finish. Too soon to say it's solved the underlying problem but the signs are good and the sensor we having in the house is already showing relative humidity down under 60% which it hasn't done before, after just 24 hours or so. Recommended.
Nicola White
Nicola White
Had damp issues with my front wall ( terrace) and had a few companies come out and try to solve the problem to which the damp was still coming in when they'd left. Chris and his team came out and went above and beyond for me and solved the problem. Can't recommend these guys enough, thanks for all your hard work
Hazel Doolan
Hazel Doolan
Really great service. All the staff were really friendly and they completed the work really quickly and thoroughly. Well worth the money
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itsStaciP
Would 100% recommend. Hayley was super helpful and always prompt with emails. Great work from Lee and Dane who came to do some plastering work and install some new fans! Thanks!
Steve Dungworth
Steve Dungworth
I am very pleased with service provided by Damp Easy. From the moment I contacted them for a consultancy to the final delivery of their services, they have consistently exceeded my expectations. The team at Damp Easy is not only responsive but also exceptionally friendly. They listened attentively to my concerns regarding damp and mould issues in my property and provided expert advice that put my mind at ease. They provided a detailed quote promptly but also delivered their services within the promised timescales. In fact, the work was completed within just a week of my acceptance of the quote. The lads working on-site were absolutely brilliant. Their dedication and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of their work. What's more, they had a positive and friendly attitude that never failed to make me smile. It's rare to find a team that not only excels in their work but also adds a touch of warmth to the process. Even when a minor issue cropped up, Damp Easy dealt with it promptly and amicably. In today's world, where damp and mould issues are all too common, Damp Easy provided me with the peace of mind I needed. Thank you, Damp Easy, for a job well done!
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