Rising Damp is simply, water from the ground that enters a structure by capillary action. Water that enters or affects a building through any other route can move about in various ways but is not rising damp. Only rising damp can be cured by the installation of a chemical damp proof course.
Rising damp is a commonly encountered problem in some types of building, however, it is often misdiagnosed. It is important that the investigations into dampness are undertaken by a trained and competent surveyor who can recognize and understand the problem. We would always recommend that the surveyor who undertakes investigations has been awarded the CSRT qualification.
Decayed skirting boards, crumbling or salt stained plaster, discoloration and staining, decayed timber floors, peeling paint and wallpaper are all common when walls are affected by rising damp. These defects are not always evident but when they are, a specialist inspection is always recommended.
Most types of masonry used in the walls of buildings will allow some water movement by capillary action; however, this is usually controlled by a physical barrier or damp proof course. If this physical barrier is absent, has broken down or is damaged then it is often possible to install a remedial damp proof course (DPC) to control water rising from the ground.
Water rising from the ground often introduces contaminating salts into the walls and plaster coats. This contamination will often result in a need for the plaster to be removed and replaced using specially formulated salt resistant plasters.
Toner Damp Proofing Ltd our sister company has the skills and experience needed to diagnose report on and repair buildings affected by rising damp. Toner Damp Proofing Ltd staff has both Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (C.S.R.T) & Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (C.S.S.W), They are full members of The Property Care Association.