Rain penetration through masonry, ‘Penetrating damp’ is a common problem when the seasons of high rainfall and strong winds start to make an appearance. It can be a severe problem in buildings with solid walls, and can also cause damage to cavity wall structures.
Rain can also seep through a cavity wall through the insulation or through poorly situated wall ties. There can be heat loss and condensation because of reduced thermal resistance of damp masonry, and further heat loss if cavity wall insulation becomes wet. If water freezes within the wall then the brickwork may well crack.
If the dampness, its causes and results aren’t dealt with, then some of these problems could spread through the building structure leading to even more problems.
To obviate penetrating damp, check that roofs, walls, windows, doors, and chimneys are sound. Make sure gutters, down pipes & drains are clear, without any obstructions, leaks or overflows. It is best to evaluate the problems under severe weather conditions and then take action to correct them. The things that we would urge people to check and get a reputable local trader to fix would be:
- Leaking gutters/downpipes
- Defective pointing
- Inadequate drip grooves
- Defective joints around doors and windows
Rectifying penetrating damp problems
A Peter Cox survey report will evaluate your property and will let you know if and when early action is required. We will advise which damp proofing solutions are needed.
The survey will identify the causes of dampness and recommend how these can be rectified. The surveyor will check for consequential damage such as timber decay, dry or wet rot, Damaged timber and plasterwork will be replaced or repaired. Damp proofing and fungicide and insecticidal treatments will be applied as necessary.
Also, Peter Cox DryWall Thermotek will protect your home from penetrating damp and retain the thermal efficiency of masonry. A single coat will protect brick, stone and concrete from rain penetration for 20-30 years, allowing the masonry to breathe and regain its original looks and features.
With the additional benefit of a long term guarantee you can feel assured that your penetrating damp issue will be eradicated. Our surveyors can advise you on the most cost-effective solution for your requirements. Contact Peter Cox now.