It is imperative that you don’t ignore signs of damp, no matter how small they may be. However, not every damp patch is a cause for concern, and when it comes to identifying what’s affecting your home it can be relatively straightforward to determine the cause, be it rising/penetrating damp or severe condensation.
Rising damp can usually be identified by low level water marks, also referred to as tide marks. There will also be visible signs of deterioration to the wall surfaces such as flaky paint, peeling wall coverings and loose or brittle plaster.
Penetrating damp and its effects are usually more apparent after heavy rainfall. Noticeable damp patches will be visible around windows, doors and across ceilings. The prolonged ingress of water can lead to further deterioration, such as loose or brittle plaster, staining and the decay of timbers which remain in contact with affected areas.
Condensation is considered to be the most common cause of damp in the home, usually found within the corners of rooms and areas which have little or no air circulation. The effects of condensation may be visible; for example, water droplets accumulating on gloss painted surfaces; however, identifying condensation early on is not always possible as moisture tends to soak into the affected surfaces and will go undiagnosed until black mould begins to appear.
At times, our inspections have ruled out all the above and the cause of the problem has been a result of defective plumbing and/or rainwater goods. Nevertheless, no matter how minor the problem may seem, we recommend that you seek professional advice.
Biocraft South West offers free and impartial advice. Having carried out numerous inspections for damp proofing in Bath, damp proofing in Bristol and damp proofing in Swindon, we are known for offering outstanding service and excellent value for money. We have proven to display a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of property preservation and development and have transformed some of the most uninviting basements across the south west.
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