Rising Damp Glasgow

Wallpaper no longer sticking to your walls the way that it used to can be one of the earliest suggestions that you may be suffering from a rising damp problem. Two other early indications are tidemarks and flaking paint points. Receiving an accurate diagnosis regarding the source of your damp problem is critical to ensure that your problem is eradicated as effectively as possible. Get in touch with our Glasgow based rising damp specialists who will offer free advice or visit your home to survey the problem.

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What Causes Rising Damp?

Bricks and mortar are very porous which provides water with the perfect opportunity to travel upwards through very narrow spaces. This means that moisture is able to spread upwards from the ground through the wall due to liquids damaging ability to move against gravity Bricks and mortar absorbing this moisture is what causes rising damp to occur in walls. Your wall is absorbing the groundwater which is damaging the wall itself.

Damp proof courses tend to be automatically installed in newly built properties. This course is designed to stop moisture from gaining access to the brick and mortar of the property’s walls above the damp proof course (DPC). Plastic or slate is often used for the damp-proof course to ensure that any water is immediately stopped from the wall’s foundations. A poorly fitted or damaged damp-proof course presents water with the opportunity to breach the DPC installed in the wall and cause rising damp as a result. It is inexcusable to not have a damp-proof course installed in your home as this means you have not taken the most basic of precautions to stop rising damp occurring in your property.

How To Identify Rising Damp

Rising Damp Signs:

    • High moisture content in lower section of walls
    • Tidemark looking stains
    • Wrinkled or crumbling plaster
    • Plaster and decoration discolouration
    • Dark damp patches on walls
    • Musty damp smells
    • Colder surface temperature at the bottom half of the wall
    • Noticeable rotting of floor and wall timbers

External damp soil against the property can allow moisture to be pulled up the walls resulting in rising damp. For this reason, rising damp only occurs on the ground floor of properties. Therefore, if the damp problem you have identified is above the ground floor then it is more likely you are looking at a penetrating damp or condensation problem.

The most likely signs of rising damp can be confused as other types of damp. Our Rising Damp FAQ page can help you to better understand the most obvious signs of rising damp.

Rising Damp Treatment & Repairs

There is a danger that attempting to administer self-treatment can seriously impact the time taken for your property to resolve its damp rising problem. Without receiving an accurate diagnosis from a specialist from our Glasgow branch of the source of your problem you may provide the wrong solution. Our specialists can provide you with a thorough evaluation of your damp damaged walls and will provide the most appropriate and cost-effective solution.

What our specialist will do:

    • Carry out an extensive survey of the affected area to identify the type of damp problem
    • Locate the source of your problem (How the water is getting into your walls)
    • Analyse the situation before informing you of the most efficient steps to take to eradicate your rising damp problem
    • Present you with an easily understandable survey report
    • Provide the best treatment solution

After our specialists have sufficiently analysed your property damp issue, they will then carry out the remedial work necessary to solve your rising damp problem. Obviously dependent on the property construction and site conditions, our specialists will either repair the existing damp proof course or install an entirely new system. A chemical damp proof course is an efficient technique to deal with rising damp. The system consists of a continuous unbroken layer of waterproofing material which acts as a prevention barrier stopping dampness from rising up the wall from the ground.

Standard rising damp treatment procedures involve drilling numerous holes in an affected wall and injecting waterproofing material through these holes. Damp plasterwork will be stripped to remove all salt contaminated areas which we will replace with a cavity wall membrane system before re-plastering or plastering with an appropriate renovating plaster. This may appear slightly intimidating, but do not worry. Our specialists will inform you of the most appropriate solution for your situation.

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Our qualified rot surveyor will closely investigate the affected area and measure the scale of the problem. At Richardson and Starling, we only supply experienced surveyors who are highly trained in all types of rot and damp problems that could affect your property. This means that our surveyor will be able to complete the survey and give the appropriate remedial recommendations no matter what problem is identified.

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