Damp Problems in Your Property?
Penetrating damp can be caused by leaking or cracked gutters and downpipes. It may also be caused if there are issues around the roof, particularly the roof pointing (the gap between the tiles), the flashing (where the roof meets the wall of the chimney) as well as any gaps on the window and door frames.
Damp can lead to timber decay and damp plasterwork. It can also cause wet rot and dry rot, and cause the building to gradually deteriorate over time. Penetrating damp also greatly reduces the thermal conductivity of the walls of the property. Tests have shown that a damp content of 5% in a plain brick wall, for example, can lower insulation performance by up to 50%. This counts for more with cavity wall insulation, as this type of insulation loses its thermal value when wet.
Building materials which are porous, such as natural stone and brick, are usually good insulators. This is due to them having air-filled cavities which offer low thermal conductivity, but only when they are dry.
Penetrating damp is an issue you can avoid with regular maintenance to your property. It is a good idea for property owners to regularly use damp solutions to help reduce the risk of penetrating damp in their property. By preventing water ingress though the exterior walls and bricks, you could be reducing your energy consumption by up to 29%.
If pointing is one of the major factors of your damp problem, then one of the most suitable damp solutions would to have your roof repointed. Whilst painting over the brickwork is a short term solution, eventually the paint will crack allowing the damp to penetrate once more. Due to the paint being there, the moisture will not be able to dry and will begin to build up. The built up moisture freezes over the winter months, and therefore expands, causing further flaking of the paint and cracking, which allows for more ingress.
Rising damp can cause plaster and paint deterioration, salt stains and peeling wallpaper. Mortar and plaster may fall away and there may also be a ‘musty’ odour in the affected area of the property.
One of the main damp solutions for rising damp is to drill holes, which are drilled as close to the ground level as possible, then a damp-proof cream or gel is injected into the hole and thereby creating a damp-proof barrier to protect against rising damp.
If you suspect your property to be having issues with either penetrating damp or rising damp, then the sooner you choose to have damp solutions put in place, the better, as it is vital to deal with amp problems as soon as you spot them. Not only will it halt or prevent the problem at hand, it will also increase the insulation performance and reduce your energy consumption, and so long as you choose qualified companies you shouldn’t have to worry over the quality and guarantee of the work performed on the property.
For more information about damp solutions or other roofing requirements, please contact us and we’ll help assess your home improvement needs.