What are the main causes of penetrative damp?
Dampness is the result of unwanted moisture in your building that has either come in from outside (by penetrating or rising damp) or from inside (condensation). In either case, this unwanted moisture can cause damage to a building by enabling the growth of fungi and mould, which can cause rotting in any wood, not to mention various negative health side effects. As we live in a very humid country, damp is a serious condition that can affect any property that has not been sufficiently damp-proofed.
Damp presents itself in a similar manner, regardless of the cause. This could be anything from mould and mildew developing on the walls, to rotten woodwork, crumbling plaster, as well as the salt stains on the walls and mouldy/musty smells permeating the room.
The common signs of penetrating damp can be patches of damp over internal walls, and generally a rather distinct musty smell alongside seeing patches of black mould. If you notice any of the above within your property, it’s always worth inspecting the property outside too, to see if there are any visual signs of leaking water or damp on the exterior of the property. Common issues that cause damp could include a broken downpipe, missing slates or a leaking roof in some extreme cases.
If you require any further information or would like to speak to someone then why not drop us a call or upload pictures to our website and we can discuss with you the best options to get rid of damp in your property on 0207 127 6886 or contact us.