The presence of rising damp is not always obvious as much of it happens below floor level, but as it gets worse it will start to creep up walls. Look out for patches above skirting boards and use your nose – you can often smell damp even if you can’t actually see it. If left unchecked, rising damp can cause damage to brick, concrete and wood structures, and cause wet rot and the dreaded dry rot.
Typical signs are damp and blotchy patches on the wall, wet and crumbly plaster, the presence of fungus or mildew and, in severe cases, water on the surface. Penetrating damp comes from a variety of sources including loose or missing roof tiles, leaking downpipes, overflowing gutters, faulty roofs and wall flashing and badly fitting windows or doors. Pointing, cladding, external render and damaged pebbledash will also allow moisture to penetrate.
On the ground floor, damp problems arise if the ground level outside is higher than the damp-proof course or covers the air bricks designed to allow air to circulate underneath suspended floors. The service we provide is to fully inspect the property and to find the root cause of the damp problem and to provide a fully costed solution, this service is free provided the survey is not for a loan or regarding selling or purchasing the property.