Rising damp is usually a sign of a damp patch that appears on an internal wall, this can also be combined with damage to the skirting board and decorations.
If you have rising dampness the result will be structural damage to your interior walls, it has also been found that damp rooms can increase the risk of developing asthma.
If rising dampness is unattended to it will eventually cause rot to the floor joists and the other interior timbers that it comes into contact with.
There are a number of different issues which cause rising damp, some of which include:
- Blocked or defective rain water goods
- High ground levels, new driveways, paths or tarmac bridging the DPC
- Defective pointing, porous brickwork, spauling bricks
- Faulty or defective flashing on roofs/extensions
- Cracked/missing roof tiles or slates
- Internal defects in cavity walls
- Cracked or defective window sills
- Internal chimney defects
Generally when the climate changes windows will start to steam up which results in condensation and mould growth. These issues are very common and can sometimes be fixed easily with the fitting of the correct ventilators.
Condensation is caused when warm, moist air meets a cold surface and the water vapour condenses out.
This occurs when moisture seeps in from the external walls into the internal walls and is usually caused by construction that has failed.
Examples of how this may have happened include:
- Blocked guttering, hoppers or down-pipes
- Unused chimneys that are capped or sealed
- Flashing on a building that has failed
- Valley gutters that are not lined appropriately
- Cavity walls that have a bridge
This is the cause of a leaking pipe, drain, tank or radiator.
If you think you have tramatic dampness then it is important that you have the damage inspected by a damp surveyor, this is because the building fabric may need to have an anti-fungal treatment applied to prevent mould growth.
What we can do
Here at Archi Plan we offer damp surveys as a service to people who live in East Kilbride. So if you have any concerns about dampness at your property in East Kilbride then you should come to us.
We have been providing damp surveys to people in East Kilbride for a number of years now. When contacting us we will be able to arrange for a fully qualified building surveyor to attend your property. The surveyor will then carry out a full survey on your property and will provide you with a written report on the findings.
We currently have several appointments available to those who are interested in our damp surveys, with us having evening and weekend appointments available. This means that you are sure to be able to find a suitable time for us to come out.
Are you interested in finding out more about this service? If so all you need to do is give us a call today for further information.