Although a relatively slow process, rising damp can eventually damage wall plaster and could potentially affect the overall structure of your Hitchin property if not adequately treated. This could lead to timber decay and other forms of damp, leading to a costly repair bill.
Hitchin Rising Damp Specialists
Rising damp is an unsightly form of damp that can affect not only your Hitchin property but in extreme cases can affect the health of the residents if left untreated. Call SE Damp Solutions today to ensure the damp is dealt with as soon as possible.
More common in older Hitchin properties where the original damp proof course may fail over time, rising damp can lead to the breakdown of the wall plaster resulting in damaged internal structures such as plasterboard, skirting boards and walls.
Is Rising Damp a Problem for Hitchin residents?
How to diagnose Rising Damp
Different forms of damp have different characteristics. It can be difficult to identify which type of damp may be affecting your Hitchin property. If you suspect you have a rising damp issue, there are some visual clues you can use to help identify the issue prior to you contacting SE Damp Solutions to get further confirmation. These include:
- Bubbled and cracked Plaster
- Wall feels damp to touch
- Stains and watermarks on the wall
- Flaky/peeling wallpaper or paint
- Rotting floorboards
RISING DAMP TREATMENT
The best way to treat rising damp is to repair the existing Damp Proof Course or install a new one. The process involves drilling holes in the wall to inject a damp proof membrane into it, followed by replacement of any damaged plaster.
RISING DAMP PROBLEMS
All forms of damp come with their own range of issues. Rising damp can cause a variety of problems, including health issues, heat loss and damage to timbers. To learn more about these problems and how to combat them, click below.
Hitchin Rising Damp Problems
Hitchin Rising Damp Health Problems
If rising damp is not properly dealt with or fixed at the time of discovery, it can go from being a minor eye-sore to seriously harming the health of residents living in the Hitchin property.
Hitchin Residents exposed to rising damp environments can suffer a host of respiratory sicknesses, from asthma to lung infections, being particularly dangerous for babies, children or for those who already suffer from air-bound allergies or asthma.
Rising Damp Property Damages
Besides the damages to personal health that rising damp can cause, it is also extremely damaging to the properties structure. Many damp conditions affect the timbers, which in older properties can form up to 75% of the structure, an integral part of the building.
While minor mould patches or a little moisture in the home might not seem like a big issue, damp is a problem that can grow behind the scenes and lead to other, more damaging, conditions including wood rot.
WOOD ROT & TIMBER TREATMENTS
Wood Rot is a serious issue, it will cause the decay and degradation of any timber it comes into contact with. Wood Rot can result in structural integrity problems for properties if the wood is left untreated.
Improper plumbing and drainage, faulty gutter work, floods and condensation of warm air against a cold wall can result in rising damp problems in the home. Contact us to find a solution to your rising damp!
Understanding the difference between the types of damp can be challenging. Our trained specialists can help you diagnose your damp issues and suggest the best solution for your property.
If you have diagnosed a rising damp problem in your Hitchin property you will have a couple of different treatment solutions available.
Rising Damp Treatment options include methods such as chemical injection and electro-osmotic treatment. Our suggested rising damp solution will be decided on the appropriate treatment for your type of Hitchin property and your budget.
Treating Rising Damp in Hitchin
Prior to starting treatment on the affected rising damp area, the first step is to identify the cause of the rising damp. Without finding and resolving the cause there is a high possibility that any rising damp treatment will fail.
If you’re unsure as to what the rising damp cause may be, we suggest giving SE Damp Solutions a call, our professional Hitchin damp specialists will be able to diagnose and treat any damp issues you may have, including Rising Damp. Please call us on 01462 757989 to arrange a rising damp survey.
Rising Damp Treatment Options
Once we have established the cause of the rising damp problem, there are a few different treatment options available, depending on the property type, age, and budget.
Chemical Injection Treatment:
One of the more common rising damp treatments is called chemical injection. It is a highly reliable form of treatment and is often the quickest and most cost-effective rising damp treatment.
Chemical injection uses water repellent technology to form a barrier through the wall masonry by lining the capillaries with a chemical, preventing any moisture from rising. Holes are drilled into the affected walls (depending on the thickness) and the rising damp chemical injection solution disperses into the wall.
If the standard chemical injection treatment is not suitable for your property, an alternative solution can be to use an Electro-Osmotic System.
Electric Osmotic Systems use a small electronic charge, reversing the process of rising damp by repelling the rising water from the wall and back into the ground, allowing the walls to stay dry. The main benefit here is there are no chemicals being used, drilling on the outside of the property is also kept to a minimum.
For more information about our Rising Damp treatments or to book a Damp Survey, call us on 01462 757989.
I had rising damp in my home, SE Damp Solutions were very reliable and efficient. I was very pleased with the overall job they undertook and would definitely have them do other jobs for me in the future and will recommend to my family and friends.
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