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What is Rising Damp?

Rising damp can be a very frustrating and unpleasant problem for homeowners, which can impact not only the aesthetics of your home, but potentially your health if not treated efficiently and appropriately. Therefore, dealing with rising damp as soon as possible is important.

Our team of damp specialists at Prokil will provide you with thorough, professional rising damp treatment from start to finish, ensuring that we stop rising damp in its tracks and prevent it from returning in the future.

Book a survey with us so we can get to the root of the problem and provide you with rising damp solutions quickly and easily.

What Causes Rising Damp?

Rising damp is caused by water from the ground being drawn up vertically through the permeable wall structure, through a process called capillary action. Often a lack of, or problem with, a proper damp proof course will lead to rising damp.

As rising damp occurs it brings with it salts and minerals from the ground, namely nitrates and chlorites of a sodium base. Over time as the moisture evaporates from the surface of walls it deposits these salts, which in turn can cause decorative spoiling. Rising damp will continue to progress at a rate that depends on your property’s material and the level of moisture in the ground.

If you do not currently have a damp proof course installed within your home or your damp proof course is faulty, then you are more likely to experience rising damp. This is because a damp proof course creates a waterproof barrier in your wall;  without this there is limited protection to prevent rising damp.

Why Is Rising Damp A Problem?

Rising damp can cause a range of problems, especially if left untreated for a long period of time. This is quite common due to rising damp being frequently misdiagnosed. Problems which can occur are decorative spoiling, plaster falling off the walls and the decay of timbers which are in contact with damp masonry.

Thus, rising damp is a problem which should be dealt with in the correct manner by a qualified, experienced company such as Prokil. We can provide you with a quick and easy diagnosis to get to the root of the problem.

What Does Rising Damp Look Like?

If you spot any rising damp symptoms within your home, contact us so we can provide you with a detailed report to determine whether you need specialist rising damp treatment.

Here are some of the several tell-tale signs of rising damp:

  • Walls sometimes feel damp to touch
  • Damp and water marks at low level
  • Plaster which becomes loose
  • Rotting floorboards
  • Wallpaper lifting, peeling
  • Plaster that becomes bubbled
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