Believe it or not, there are many adverse health effects of living in a damp building.
When the heat within a building is absorbed the moisture is accumulated in surrounding walls resulting in moist/damp wall. Rising damp and lateral damp commonly decreases the temperature of a room automatically making it cold. Living in cold and damp conditions causes certain medical conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Where the damp has caused fungi, the fungal spores add to the bronchial problems.
Rising damp is a condition where moisture from the ground travels up through the pores in the bricks and mortar of a building, much in the same way that oil travels up through the wick of an oil lamp – once rising damp has become established, this moisture can cause problems such as damp patches on walls, peeling paint / wallpaper and eventually plaster falling away from the wall and structure of the building. If left unchecked, it will lead to long-term structural damage and unnecessary expense.
Rising damp has been mostly understood for about 100 years. It is a common building practice, to install a damp proof course (DPC) whenever a building is built. This DPC can become ineffective for a number of reasons:-
• The original builder forgot to install a DPC or it was not positioned correctly with the first attempt.
• The original DPC has deteriorated due to house settlement, vibration, from passing traffic, or general land subsidence for example. This is especially common where a Bitumen DPC was used.
• The damp course has been “bridged” e.g. by earth being piled up against an outside wall.
The symptoms of rising damp can often be confused. All types of dampness require different methods of treatment. It is essential that an expert is consulted to evaluate the type of dampness so that it can be treated accordingly.
Damp is often treated for cosmetic reasons only. The expertise of a professional Waterproofing, Damproofing and Roofing Company, is required to prevent the long term damping effects, which becomes a costly inconvenience.
Our homes and buildings are our largest investment. If left untreated, rising damp can cause structural and cosmetic problems that will adversely affect the value of this investment. The fungal attack often associated with damp and waterproofing problems, can be extremely damaging. Damp timbers are also known to be more susceptible to termite attack in comparison to dry timbers and the infestation of insects.
Be sure to make use of reliable services from a trusted, professional company that understands the entire spectrum of Lateral and Rising Damp, Waterproofing and Roofing Procedures. A Long Term Professional Solution is the smartest and most effective progression from the problem.