Damp issues can occur in any home and will be either penetration damp, condensation or rising damp. It can be worrying for homeowners when they begin to see damp or mould in their house, but don't worry as Elite Damp Proofing can help you to permanently fix the problem! Arrange a free damp inspection with us today and put your mind at ease.
Rising damp is an issue that has the potential to affect any building. It is a particular problem in older houses where the original damp proof course that was installed to prevent rising damp has become damaged or where the ground level around a property has been raised bridging the original damp proof course with the possible addition of a new path, drive way, flower bed, etc.
Over time, a failed barrier to prevent rising damp will allow water from the ground to rise through the brick work, stone work or through the mortar joint that holds the brick work together.
This ground water often contains soluble salts that are deposited on the surfaces of the walls as they dry out. In turn, these salts draw moisture from the atmosphere giving a permanent damp feeling to the wall leading to one of the key indicators to help identify rising damp.
Penetrating damp, otherwise known as lateral damp, is the end result of water successfully penetrating from the outside of a building and into your property.
Unlike rising damp, penetrating damp can happen at any level within the property including roofs, ceilings and walls.
It is a very common problem found within older properties that have solid walls. Newer properties tend to have much more protection from penetrating damp through the use of cavity walls and are therefore less likely to suffer from this type of damp problem.
Penetrating damp is most commonly caused through leaky pipes and poorly maintained brickwork, which over time can become damaged or need re-pointing. Deterioration of mortar joints and water management systems are also a typical cause of penetrating damp.
From breathing to boiling the kettle, condensation is simply the moisture caused by everyday living.
Moisture is abundant in the warm atmosphere of your property, but when the property cools down this moisture will condense and settle on cool surfaces.
Condensation happens in almost every property around world, but it is also an extremely underestimated cause of damage to fixtures and fittings, and is almost certainly the most common form of dampness found in buildings.
Thankfully, there are various condensation treatments that can deal with the problem no matter how severe it gets.
Frequently Asked Questions About
Damp Proof Courses
What are the causes of damp issues?
The most common causes of damp in the home are leaks, damage to the roof, single glazed windows, poor ventilation and deterioration of the property structure. Rising damp can also occur because of adverse weather conditions. As the weather becomes more extreme, it can cause damp issues in homes which already have pre-existing damp proof courses.
What is a DPC?
A damp proof course is installed between the external and internal walls of a building. It acts as a barrier from outside moisture and protects a building's structure. A DPC will prevent rising damp and penetrating damp. Good ventilation will prevent condensation.
Having a damp proof course is very important to ensure that damp and mould doesn't effect the structural and aesthetic integrity of your home.
How much will it cost to fix my damp problem?
Every damp problem will be unique in terms of how far along the damp problem has progressed and the size of the damage that has been caused. If you want a quote for your damp problems Elite provide comprehensive damp inspections across West Yorkshire. After carrying out the inspection we can offer a range of treatments suitable for your domestic or commercial property.
How long do I need to wait to re-decorate after walls have been damp proofed?
There are many conditions that will have an impact on the amount of time it takes for the damp proof method applied and plaster to have settled into the structure. Aspects such as the thickness of the plaster and the ventilation available will help to determine the length of time required. We recommend that you wait at least 8 weeks before you apply paint to the surface otherwise there is risk of the paint cracking and flaking. If you wish to apply wallpaper to the area we recommend that you wait 12 months as the water needs to leave the damp proofing naturally.
How do I know if my home is already damp proofed?
The majority of properties built after the 1860's will have been built with damp proofing. Some homeowners may find that their existing DPC has failed or is not up to today's standards and may need replacing. If you are unsure whether or not your property has adequate damp proofing systems installed book a damp inspection with us by calling us on 01422 351430.