Tell-tale Signs Of Rising Damp Problem
Rising damp is normally spotted as wet patches along your flooring or carpets along your walls. Wet stains along your walls inside, or ‘tide marks’ of dark or green damp outside on brickwork can both be symptoms of rising damp.
If you have wallpaper in your home, you may notice it start to peel away even if not looking obviously wet, and you may notice decay or deterioration within your skirting boards.
You may also notice fluffy-looking white build ups of salt within the plaster on your walls or tell-tale ‘black mould’ along the joins between your floor and wall space.
If there’s no visible signs of rising damp right away, instead try running your hand along the wall, low down. Wallpaper may make a crackling or crunching sound here as your hands touch salts that have risen from the ground.
The most common reason that houses absorb moisture is because of their under-floor insulation. This is, traditionally, layers of fibreglass insulation panels laid in underground crawl space. The nature of the fibreglass panels means that over time, they can absorb damp and begin to disintegrate
False Signs Of Rising Damp In A Property
There are, however, some misconceptions around rising damp in households. Tide marks outside can be caused by leaky or faulty drainage, and so it’s worth checking that your outside guttering is all still in good condition.
It’s not a clean job but easy to check – so make sure you do so before you self-diagnose your property with rising damp.
How To Stop Rising Damp Before It Starts
Rising damp begins when excess moisture and water builds up within your property and can’t sufficiently escape or evaporate. To stop this, you need to efficiently and completely seal your property from absorbing moisture from the ground.
The most common reason that houses absorb moisture is because of their under-floor insulation. This is, traditionally, layers of fibreglass insulation panels laid in underground crawl space. The nature of the fibreglass panels means that over time, they can absorb damp and begin to disintegrate.
Furthermore, the panels turn mouldy and start releasing allergen spores into the air that rise through your floor into your house!
As there’s usually space between the fibreglass insulation panels (however small),that allows water, insects and pests to pass through.
LogicFoam (LogicFoam) Spray Foam is the answer. A spray foam insulation, it expands to up to one hundred times its original size to fill any space, no matter the size or shape. It forms an effective barrier between your home and the ground, allowing nothing through.
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