Damp proofing is the term used to describe a number of different damp proofing treatments and solutions that are installed to prevent damp problems on your property. It is more commonly known as a type of waterproofing for walls that have a barrier in the walls or floors.
Damp proofing is a long-term solution to prevent moisture decay. It prevents moisture and water passing through into interior spaces and can therefore prevent timber decay and structural damage such as rising damp, wet rot and dry rot.
It also prevents from the serious property problem rising damp. Rising damp is when water from the ground rises up through the bricks and mortar of a building and is soaked up by the building like water into a sponge. A correctly installed damp proofing course will protect against rising damp.
Identifying a damp proofing problem
There are a lot of different causes of damp in a home that can lead to different types of damp than just rising damp.
Condensation is the most common form of dampness within a building and it often becomes a problem when black mould beings to appear.
Although condensation is generally only visible on windows it is likely to be on your outside walls too. Serious cases of condensation turn into black mould problems.
As explained above, rising damp is when a building soaks up water through the ground and causes great damage to the masonry or timber.
It will often appear as a ‘tide’ mark around a foot above ground level on the ground floor of a building. Rising damp can only appear on the ground floor of a building.
Penetrating damp is a common problem in older properties that have solid walls. It will often occur when there is a leaking downpipe and water can seep in through the walls.
How to prevent damp proofing problems?
If you suspect that you have a problem then it is vital that you correctly identify what the exact problem is. If you get the diagnosis wrong then you could be paying for a costly damp proofing treatment that is completely unnecessary. It will not work and your damp problem will continue and costs incurred will be wasted.
It is always recommended that a specialist in brought into professionally survey the property and find out what the exact cause of the problem is.