Rising damp is a term used to describe the ascent of moisture within the walls of your home, a movement driven by capillary action. The moisture in question, which is often groundwater, contains high concentrations of soluble salts. When the rising damp evaporates from the surface of your walls it leaves these salts behind in your home’s brickwork, woodwork and plasterwork, where they perpetuate the damp problem by absorbing further moisture from the air.
These salts can remain long after the original cause of the rising damp has been put right, which is why specialist plastering is an essential step in eliminating your damp problem.
Rising Damp is Real
If you’ve been searching online for information on rising damp, you’re sure to have come across claims that rising damp is a myth. Although these assertions are not widely accepted (and are indeed rejected by professional organisations such as the Building Research Establishment), they can be persuasive. Advocates of the ‘rising damp as myth’ viewpoint take the view that rising damp is a fiction invented by the damp proofing industry, and one designed to separate customers from their money.
London Damp Company’s specialists are confident that rising damp is real: we’ve seen revealing salty tidemarks on many walls around South, Central and West London, and so have you. Rising damp is a phenomenon predicted by the principles of physics, and is one which can be effectively treated. However, successful treatment depends on accurate diagnosis and a tailor-made plan of action, which is why London Damp Company’s services are backed by a 100% guarantee.
Rising Damp is a Serious Problem
Because rising damp affects the base of your home’s ground floor walls, it has the potential to weaken their structural capabilities. Timber, masonry and plaster may lose strength as the direct result of being wet, or after infestation with wet rot, dry rot or insects. Persistently damp conditions give rise to the growth of fungi, and inhaling their spores is bad for your health.
London Damp Company offer a range of services guaranteed to eradicate rising damp from your home. We carry out free inspections, we can upgrade your damp proofing, and our specialist plastering is the final step in the process of protecting your property from damp. Call us on 0207 127 6886 for no-obligation expert advice.