Dampness on walls is an incredibly common problem which can often affect all types of properties. That being said, not every damp problem is the same and can be caused by a variety of issues. Dampness can be infuriating, particularly when it comes to your family home – That, and in many cases it can be very difficult to find the root cause of the problem, which is why it is important to hire a professional if you are serious about finding a definitive resolution.
Not only does damp cause problems for the structural integrity of your home, but it can also lead to a number of serious health risks as well. Exposure to damp and mould can lead to eye & skin irritation, nasal stiffness and respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing & throat irritation – and in some cases, serious lung infections.
Don’t fall prey to the ‘quick and easy fixes’, and you certainly shouldn’t try to resolve the issue on your own. When it comes to protecting your home and the health of you and your family, you can’t take any chances! So how can you stop the damp for good?
Bricks are designed to absorb a small amount of rainwater, with the intention of it evaporating into the air during dry periods. However, if exposed to excessive amounts of concentrated water, for example a rainwater downpipe leaking through a wall, or cracks surrounding window frames; there will be far too much penetration.
Typically, in cases such as this, most people will turn to hiring a builder in an attempt to stop the water from penetrating the walls. The problem with this, is that not only will the water likely be coming in from multiple sources, but using something such as a tanking solution to prevent water penetration is invariably going to trap the water inside the wall itself. The tanking solution may well mask the damp, though if water is still entering the walls from other, unknown sources, it will be causing more problems that you will not be aware of – meaning, things can only get worse!
The best way to resolve this is to call Damp Detectives. With an effective combination of specialist training and the latest damp surveying equipment, we can identify exactly where the damp is coming from. That’s not to say that all builders are unqualified to identify and solve the source of a damp problem. However at Damp Detectives, we specialise in locating moisture and have been doing so for over 20 years. So, once we are able to fix the source/s of the problem, the wall will dry and the damp will not return. It really is as simple as that.