Lateral and Rising Damp, Creams, Crystalline, Latex
Rising damp is a condition where moisture from the ground travels up through the pores in the bricks and mortar of a building, much in the same way that oil travels up through the wick of an oil lamp – once rising damp has become established, this moisture can cause problems such as damp patches on walls, peeling paint / wallpaper and eventually plaster falling away from the wall and structure of the building. In the longer term, it will lead to structural damage to the building, if left unchecked.
Rising damp, lateral damp and descending damp will make a building cold, as the heat within the Building is absorbed to force the moisture from the walls. Living in cold and damp conditions causes certain medical conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Where the damp has caused fungi, the fungal spores add to the bronchial problems.
There are various causes of damp for example.
The original builder forgot to install a DPC or it was not positioned correctly in the first instance.
The original DPC has deteriorated due to, house settlement, vibration, from passing traffic, or general land subsidence.
This is especially common where a Bitumen DPC was used.
The damp course has been “bridged” e.g. by earth being piled up against an outside wall.
Parapet walls have deteriorated or were never damp proofed.
The symptoms of rising damp can often be confused. All types of dampness require different methods of treatment. It is essential that a specialist is consulted to diagnose the type of dampness to be treated.
- Crystalline Slurry
- Damp Proofing Creams