How to fix rising damp? It’s no secret that damp is a problem in most homes, and it’s often not easy to spot. It’s important to get it diagnosed and treated properly, as it can cause structural problems in the building and affect your health.
What is the best method of preventing rising damp?
The first signs of rising damp are generally in the internal walls. You may notice that paint and plaster start to deteriorate, or wallpaper loosens. You’ll also likely see a stain (called a tide mark) appearing on the wall up to where the water reaches.
How to diagnose it:
In order to correctly diagnose this type of damp, you should have your property inspected by a chartered building surveyor or expert. They will be able to conduct a thorough inspection, identifying any areas that may be affected by rising damp and recommending a course of action to remedy the issue.
How to treat it:
In most cases, the first step in treating rising damp is to remove any damaged plaster from the wall. Once this has been done, we can then inject a silicone solution into the wall to form a barrier that prevents moisture and salt from being absorbed by the structure.
Once this barrier has been formed, we can then replaster the walls using a salt retardant render. This will help to restore your building to a healthy, moisture-free state and protect it for future years to come.