Damp and damp proofing is by far, the most frequent problem encountered in the home. Each year, the average home in Scotland copes with around 15,000 gallons of rain water, so it is no surprise that damp proofing can become a big problem for many.
Rising Damp Treatment
Spotting a rising damp issue can usually be done by looking for visual clues and by touch. Tell tale signs of rising damp include a "tide-mark" on the wall above skirting boards of up to 1 metre, peeling wallpaper and possibly white efflorescent salts which have been drawn out of the brickwork by the water.
Condensation is an extremely underestimated cause of damage to our homes and is almost certainly the most common form of dampness within a building. It is because of this that enquiries regarding condensation treatment are on the rise.
Any masonry structure, unprotected by a properly installed damp proof course, is susceptible to natural rising damp. Damp will rise by capillary action through the pores of the masonry, seeking a means of evaporation.
Identifying Rising Damp
The one thing to remember when identifying rising damp is that there are many forms of damp that can affect a property and different forms of damp proofing to help treat the particular damp problem.
Penetrating damp is an issue that generally affects older buildings. Typically, penetrating damp is caused by issues with the building or plumbing where a problem has allowed water to enter the property.