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Damp problems

Understanding the signs and symptoms of different damp problems can help you determine how to correctly treat and damp proof the building to solve the issue.

Given the amount of rainwater we are subjected to in the UK, it is no surprise that many of us will encounter damp problems in our property at some point. This excessive moisture in the air and ground contributes to damp problems related to rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation.

Continue reading to find out more about identifying different damp problems and how to resolve them. Alternatively, get in touch to speak to one of our qualified damp experts on 0800 633 5712 or complete the enquiry form below.

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What are the causes of damp problems?

Three types of damp problem make up the vast majority of cases our surveyors investigate. These are:

Understanding the difference between these main types of damp problems can be challenging without the proper training, however the following broad rules generally apply to help you determine what type of damp problem you have:

  • Damp stains and 'tide-marks' up to one metre -  If the moisture is coming up from the ground and leaving damp patches on ground floor walls then this is a key indicator that the property is suffering from a rising damp problem.
  • Water gathering on ceilings or walls next to the exterior of the building - This is likely to be a penetrating damp issue and you should investigate the area to find where the moisture may be entering the property from.
  • Water droplets on windows and walls along with black mould growth - Generally indicate a problem with excessive condensation and a lack of ventilation in the home.

Damp walls and other signs of damp problems

The most common indicators of damp problems affecting your property are as follows:

  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Water marks
  • Damaged plaster
  • Black mould
  • Damp patches

Any structural or plumbing problems that allow water/moisture into the property can lead to the symptoms of damp problems listed above. This includes include poor ventilation, plumbing leaks, broken appliances such as washing machine or dishwasher, a failed damp proof course and water ingress from blocked guttering and broken roof tiles.

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How to treat damp problems - DIY tips and hints

If your property has a damp problem the first thing to do is find out where the moisture is coming from. This might involve repairing some burst pipes, broken roof tiles or broken/blocked guttering. When the source of moisture has been remedied, any problems caused by damp will then need to be assessed then treated.

If you have identified a condensation problem it can often be remedied by improving ventilation in your property, this can be as simple as opening windows more regularly, cleaning air bricks and vents and making the best use of extractor fans.

Professional treatment for persistent damp problems

Unfortunately some damp problems are too severe to be dealt with by simple DIY fixes. Issues like rising damp or penetrating damp are usually the result of underlying structural damage beyond the superficial symptoms. It is even possible that these issues could have led to the growth of either dry rot or wet rot in the property.

If this is the case for you, or if you have attempted to fix the problem yourself only to find that your damp problems simply reappears, then it is advisable to contact a damp proofing professional to give their expert opinion.

You can take a look at the options below to find out more about how our qualified team tackle any form of damp problem.

Talk to Peter Cox about damp problems

If you have damp problems in your property and you need to speak with a damp proofing expert then call Peter Cox today on 0800 633 5712 to request a damp survey. Our surveyors are highly experienced and CSRT qualified and our damp treatment process is rated and approved by Which?, TrustMark, The Property Care Association and other recognised trade bodies.

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