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Rising damp FAQ

Despite being a fairly common property problem, rising damp is frequently misunderstood. We have designed this page to answer some of the most common questions we are asked about rising damp.

You may find that you still need additional advice to diagnose your damp problem or how to treat it, so feel free to get in touch with our rising damp team on 0800 633 5712.

Does rising damp exist?

Despite being a documented phenomenon since Roman times, there are still some who dispute that rising damp actually exists at all.

Rising damp affecting buildings, or water rising through walls and brickwork by capillary action is an incontrovertible fact as demonstrated by the Property Care Association and the Building Research Establishment amongst others. It seems however, that the debate centers around the misdiagnosis of rising damp by inexperienced or underqualified surveyors and tradesmen. Naturally if rising damp is misdiagnosed or if rising damp treatment is not installed correctly then you will continue to find damp problems in your property.

In order to ensure we do not misdiagnose rising damp in our customer’s homes, our surveyors are required to undergo extensive industry training and our methods have been approved and accredited by trade bodies such as the PCA and the Which? Trusted Trader scheme amongst others.

What causes rising damp on internal walls?

The most common cause of rising damp is ‘bridging’. This is when the ground level has been raised higher than the original damp proof course, normally through installing a new driveway or flowerbed.

Alongside this, any building that is not protected by a damp proof course is susceptible to rising damp. Original damp proof courses have been known to fail and deteriorate due to age or damage caused by issues like subsidence.

How to fix rising damp?

Rising damp is fixed through the installation of a remedial damp proof course. The most common form of rising damp treatment is a relatively inexpensive and fast acting method called ‘damp proof injection’ although others forms of treatment like installing an electro osmotic system are available.

Is rising damp dangerous?

In short rising damp can develop into very serious property problems as it can create a damp and musty environment in the home, damage plaster and cause bubbling and damp stains on walls and wallpaper. Alongside this, the damp can seep into wooden surfaces like skirting boards begin deteriorating the wood.

Moreover, if left to go untreated then rising damp will continue to damage the property and can lead to potentially very serious structural defects like wet rot and dry rot.

Does rising damp smell?

Just like any other form of dampness, rising damp can create a musty smell and damp atmosphere in the property. Unfortunately it is not really possible to identify a unique smell associated with rising damp to discern it from any other cause.

Is rising damp bad for your health?

There are many health problems associated with living in the type of damp and mouldy environments that rising damp can create.

The NHS advise that living in a home affected by damp and mould means you are more to aggrivate symptoms of asthma and other respiratory problems, with the very young and elderly the most likely to be affected.

Is rising damp covered by insurance?

Most household or contents insurance policies are unlikely to offer protection against rising damp.
Thankfully here at Peter Cox we provide cover against any future case of rising damp with our unique rising damp insurance policy.

Contact the rising damp specialists

If you have read our rising damp FAQ’s and still have questions about the damp stains in your home then feel free to contact our expert team for help and advice on what to do about it.

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