Rising Damp in Birmingham
Rising damp is moisture from the ground travelling up through the walls of a building by capillary action, seeking a means of evaporation. The water also contains salts that also travel up through the wall. This type of moisture only occurs on the ground floor.
Rising Damp can develop within a building that is not protected by a properly installed damp-proofing course or due to the omission of damp proofing during earlier construction or renovation. A properly installed damp proofing course will prevent ground water from travelling up the wall by creating a barrier in the wall, made from impermeable and water-resistant materials.
If left untreated, rising damp can lead to serious problems in your property such as destroying decorative finishes within the property or leading to structural damage. It can also contribute to increased heat loss. As with most forms of damp, long-term exposure to damp is injurious to health.
Signs of Rising Damp
You can identify rising damp by looking out for the following signs ؛
To correctly treat rising damp, a damp specialist should carry out a survey, based on which they recommend the most appropriate treatment. There are two ways to treat rising damp; which is either by installing a physical damp-proof membrane or through chemical DPC injections.
Chemical DPC injections is a water-based cream that contains no hydro-carbon solvents. Once the cream is injected into the wall it reverts into a liquid, which allows it to infuse into the bricks and absorb the moisture within the wall. As the cream cures it creates a water – repellent barrier, that stops water rising up the wall. Chemical DPC injections are highly effective at treating rising damp and provide long-lasting protection.