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Within every stone and brick built structure moisture has the potential to penetrate the outer walls, soaking up moisture via capillairies. The original construction of the building will have some form of membrane installed above the first course of bricks. This is designed to stop damp rising and normally comes in the form of a lead lined bitumous layer or other form of membrane, slate or blue brick. Where this preventative membrane doesnt exist or becomes damaged, the typical result is rising damp. Over time the damp course will allow ground water to rise through the brick/stone work and mortar joints. Ground water is full of soluble salts that are depositied on the surface of the walls as they dry out. This shows itself as a white powdery formation on the outside of the building, something that is quite commonly witnessed in older buildings. The salts draw in the atmospheric moisture and this eventually leads to walls being damp to touch. This is a common indicator that a building has rising damp issues.
The hazards of Rising Damp if it is not diagnosed early enough
Any form of damp in the home is unhealthy for the occupants and can potentially damage the building further, making any repairs more costly. A damp property is invariably a cold property as heat loss is common due to the conductivity of the walls allowing heat to escape more readily,.
Knowing the signs
Rising Damp can affect any building although much more common to see this occur in older buildings where the damp course has been damaged or experinced a period of degradation over time. This type of issue is often confused with other damp problems, so it is important to be able to identify Rising Damp as the issue and then look at a suitable course of action.
How Hazell Preservation can help
We have been ensuring homes are secure from damp issues for many years. Our Rising Damp services are comprehensive, fully insured and guarantee. Our team are extremely professional and will be available if you have any questions throughout the course of the works, and be able to advise accordingly.
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