Having damp areas in your home can be a very big issue that, if not dealt with, can cause long term damage to the foundation of your home.
There are a few different types of damp that can lead to this kind of serious structural damage, several which we’ve outlined below.
Rising damp is caused when moisture from the ground rises through pores in your home’s foundation due to capillary action. In more basic terms, your home’s masonry acts like a wick, sucking up groundwater.
There are many compounds in the groundwater, including nitrates and chlorides, which move through the surface of your home and eat away at the base, eroding plasters and bases over time. Problems associated with rising damp can be fixed easily by calling one of our trained professionals and having them apply a salt resistant barrier to the affected areas.
If you have a leaking drainpipe or hose, a broken water pipe or if water often runs over the walls of your home, this will eventually cause the water to seep through the pores in your structure. This is called penetrating damp and is easily remedied by fixing the source of the problem, allowing the area to dry out over time.
Without repairs, rising damp can seep through and eat away at your home’s structure.
The moisture that forms on surfaces when warm, moist air meets cold air is called condensation. Condensation damp is often found on window sills and homes with bad insulation or ventilation. Condensation often creates black mould on walls as well as forming cracks in wallpaper and ruining upholstery.
If you’re looking for a solution to your condensation damp, our qualified professionals can install new ventilation systems for you and improve your homes insulation and heating.
If you think you might be suffering from damp in your home, contact our damp specialists at your local Prokil office. Book a free* damp survey today and we can assess the extent of the problem before carrying out any treatment.
*Select surveys may incur a cost, contact us for more information.