Do you think your home has penetrating damp?
Penetrating damp can be witnessed in buildings of any age when there is excessive rain to face or older structures with porous bricks or blocked gutters and cracked roofing. Whatever the situation, penetrative damp can seriously harm both the structure and the occupants. Penetrative damp is nothing but rainwater penetrating the masonry.
Penetrative damp is also known as rain penetration and it is caused by the horizontal movement of moisture or rainwater seeping through the walls at random points at all levels of a building, forming isolated patches of dampness on external walls after heavy rain. Rain penetration affects poorly installed wall ties or cavity walls, internal walls and buildings with solid wall construction.
Penetrative damp is mainly caused by a defective building or the presence of porous bricks allowing water to permeate through the walls.
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Signs of Penetrative Damp
- Damp patches at any level on internal walls that don’t dry
- Deterioration of plaster and paint
- Appearance of blisters, stain and salt
- Timber starting to decay and rot
- Skirting boards and window frames rotting
- Mould growth on internal decorations
- Damp as well as mould smell
- Moss growth on external walls
Penetrative damp can be identified with watermarks or damp patches isolated from windows or doors at any height
High readings can be found on the moisture detector while its raining but can also show low moisture readings when its dry.
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What causes penetrating damp?
Rainwater permeating the wall horizontally is known as penetrating damp, and it is frequently the result of blown renders, clogged gutters, and downpipes. Additionally, roofing and window casings need to be inspected for deterioration, rotting, and cracks.
External basement and retaining walls must be protected from constant moisture intrusion by tanking treatments and interior walls by a chemical DPC and waterproof renders.
Building defects such as faulty roofs or windows must be rectified with proficient builders.
How to treat penetrative damp
Penetrative damp treatment is more sophisticated than ever before.
Penetrative damp caused by poor cavity wall construction and wall tie installation on the damp internal walls can be set right with damp proof renders. It is occasionally necessary to treat exterior walls with water-repellent creams and paints in addition to weather-resistant paints and coatings. Blocked gutters and downpipes must be cleaned and cracked roof tiles must be repaired.
Breathable colourless water repellents allow moisture to escape rather than blocking them. Window sills and other water storage must be cleaned from dirt, moss growth and leaves.
Cement tanking and render systems can be introduced to treat penetrative damp problems caused by high external ground levels.
Penetrating damp treatments can include:
- Plaster removal
- Salt neutraliser
- Tanking Slurry
- Waterproof render
- Applying skim coat plaster
- Applying new external render
- Sealing exterior walls with clear waterproof sealer
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What happens next?
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Once you have submitted the form, one of our surveyors will be in touch with you to discuss your problems within 24 hours.
Your free, no obligation damp survey will typically only take between 15 to 30 minutes.