The weather in the summer often seems to include heavy thunderstorms and flash floods. It’s a good time to check out whether the external drainage in your house and garden are working correctly, without getting freezing cold. If there is an issue, then you have the chance to put it right while the weather is dry.
Have you got standing water on your patio or decking? They should drain effectively. If the damp proof course in the house wall is bridged by the decking or patio, then this will lead to a rising damp problem.
If there is faulty guttering, roof tiles, ridge tiles, fascias and soffits this can lead to damp ingress. In particular, water overflowing from gutters and down the walls will soak the brick work. In the winter freezing and cracking of bricks will follow. Lateral penetrating damp is caused when moisture passes sideways through the wall.
Either way, damp ingress can cause structural damage to masonry and timber and also potential health problems with mould and fungal infestations. So it is important to check and then to take action if it is needed.
Where there are rising damp or penetrating damp problems, Peter Cox’s damp specialists can provide the right advice and the most effective damp proofing solution. To book a damp proofing or condensation control survey fill in the form on the rising damp page or call Peter Cox on 0800 030 4701 for a fast and professional response.