About Penetrative Damp
What is Penetrating Damp?
Penetrative damp is caused by water infiltrating a building or property through the external wall, defective pointing, roof, cracks or underground area of a building. Though it is commonly noticed in older buildings, it can also affect modern buildings with poor drainage system or defective masonry. It occurs when there is a defect in the building like leaking roof, leaking water pipe, poorly constructed gutter channels, holes in the chimney and also when the external walls of a property have degraded thereby allowing water to penetrate from the wall into the building. This problem is also common in poor cavity wall construction where cavity wall insulation has been poorly installed or walls that are not suitable for cavity wall insulation used in the installation process.This damp is usually common if you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall.
Common signs of penetrating damp :
Water marks on walls, ceilings, cabinets, carpets are all signs you are dealing with Penetrative damp. If the stain has dark spots, know that the damage is still fresh but if it brown or chalky, then it is older damage usually caused by excess moisture.
when the inside of a wall gets wet and expand, it is usually accompanied by blistering plaster, peeling paint or wallpaper. This shows that there is a problem which should be fixed as soon as possible.
Presence of mold
Mold can’t grow without moisture, as long as areas in your home remain wet molds are bound to grow. This is usually a problem noticed where we have Penetrative damp.
If your interior decorations become damp and has water stains, know that you have the problem of penetrating damp in your hands.
Damp or Musty odor
Damp or musty odor is another of the sign of Penetrative damp. The smell is often similar to winter sweaters that have been packed away fo
Rotting floor timbers
If your floor timber is wet and rotting away, it means there’s a problem of penetrating damp around.
the signs of Penetrative damp, what can you do next?
Most times it is recommended that you look for experts in the field who will identify and correct the defect in the building that is causing water to penetrate the building. If the condition is left untreated, can cause deterioration to the fabric of your building. At Advanced Damp, we have qualified and competent surveyors as well as experienced technicians to provide affordable and enduring solutions for dampness and related issues.
The Damp process
Penetrative damp project solutions
We first visit your property and carry out a penetrating damp survey to determine the cause of the problem, we check all potential points of water ingress, such as cracks on the walls, missing tiles or blocked gutters, then fix it with our special damp proofing materials to fix up all points of water infiltration.
Then we move in with our tools and products to effectively repair the damp problem and keep your property dry. Depending on the level of the dampness, we may install a PIV unit in your property that will push out the wet, stale air and keep your walls and windows dry. If the problem has to do with the brickwork or stone work becoming porous due to the build-up of water in the wall, we use specialised Vapour retarders to reduce moisture diffusion through the walls, floors, and ceilings then use specialised drying equipment to do the rest.
If the penetrative damp affected the plasterwork of your property, the affected plasters will be completely removed and a damp resistant plaster used to resurface the area.
If defective brick is the problem, we may get them replaced or paint the bricks with an exterior silicone water-repellent fluid that will seal up the bricks again depending on the level of damage.
If the timbers have been infected with dry or wet rot, these can be either treated, protected or replaced.
Finally if you have a mould problems, we commence remediation to remove contaminated materials and clean up the affected areas.
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Do you have penetrative damp problems in Hertfordshire or the South East of England? Be assured that you are dealing with an industry leading team. Get in touch for free advice to get your penetrating damp treated.