Any property unprotected by an adequate damp barrier will be susceptible to natural rising damp.

The term ‘rising damp’ describes the movement of moisture from the ground up through the property’s masonry and wooden structure, similar to water being absorbed by a sponge.

Rising damp draws moisture from the ground containing natural salts and if left un-cared for can contaminate the wall plaster or cause permanent damage to structural walls/timber.

Once the rising damp has found a way in to the property structure, moisture trapped within the walls will continue to rise, typically to a height of up to 1 meter high! The scale and rate at which rising damp will develop depends on a number of factors such as the building's material and amount of moisture being drawn in.

How does Rising Damp Begin?

Any property unprotected by a damp barrier is susceptible to rising damp.

Rising damp only begins to show once moisture has already started to climb up the internal or external walls. The extent of the problem may be unknown, it could have taken many months or even years to manifest in areas that are unseen before it reaches a visible surface.

During the construction of a property, a rising damp barrier should have been installed into the brickwork to prevent water from being absorbed into the brickwork/timber structure and prevent rising damp. Over time the damp barrier may become eroded or damaged leading to the damp proof barrier failing, once the barrier is no long substantial enough to prevent the damp, rising damp can infect the property.

If you believe your property to show any signs of rising damp, contact one of our damp specialists today on 01223 640809 to arrange a damp survey.


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Contact SE Damp Solutions Today

For an in-depth damp survey of your property or simply to talk to one of our damp proofing specialists, call us today on 01223 640809.


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