What Is Rising Damp & How To Treat It -Le Fong

If you think you might have an issue with rising damp, you are in the right place. This How-To guide helps you to identify rising damp, the causes and how to deal with it effectively.

What is Rising Damp?

Rising damp is a comparatively a rare form of damps that affects the walls of buildings. It occurs when water from the ground goes up through the walls by capillary action. Nearby the affected wall, you get other porous building materials such as plasterwork and the timber found in the floorboards, joists and skirtings. These materials will also absorb the water quickly, and you may discover the sign of wet rot in the wood.

Usually rising damp is first noticed by the damage it causes to the inner walls of a building.

Causes of Rising Damp

Most buildings have damp proof course installed, but sometimes these physical DPCs may fail over time; in older houses, they may not exist at all. If you don’t have a DPC or there is confirmation that it has failed, then there is nothing to stop the water from going up your wall.

What does rising damp look like?

Rising damp is often identified by the tide marks on your wall above the skirting as well as dusty white salt deposits. It can cause plaster to bubble and wallpaper to strip off.

Rising Damp Images 

The following rising damp images give you an idea of the visual appearance of the signs of rising damp.

What does rising damp smell like?

Musty smell.

Is rising damp a serious problem?

If it left untreated, it would lead to structural problems.

Buying a House with Rising Damp

If you are buying a house and you feel you may have an issue with rising damp, you should examine further. We would suggest getting a damp professional company to carry out a rising damp checkup before fixing the property.

Renting a House with Rising Damp

If you notice that your rental property has a problem with rising damp inform your landlord or letting agent immediately.

Rising Damp Treatments

The most effective and reasonable ways to treat rising damp is with a

1. Waterstop Solutions Injectable DPC (Damp-Proof Course)

2. Spray consolidate product on the crumby brick structure of the affected area to strengthen it, then drill holes into the affected bricks at intervals, inject with a chemical barrier against capillary rising damp.

Who treats rising damp?

If you believe your property has an issue with rising damp, then you should verify your doubts with a professional damp treating company. Rising damp treatment specialist or preservation company that are experienced with rising damp injection treatment. They will carry out a rising damp survey, complete a thorough analysis and then recommend a treatment based on their findings.