Damp proofing consists of treating buildings against the affects of rising damp and/or penetrating damp.
Have you got Rising Dampness?
Thankfully, it is fairly straightforward to tell if your property needs rising dampness treatment. Obvious signs to look out for are a "tidal mark" on the problem wall upto 1m in height. The reason that rising dampness usually never travels any higher is because the forces of gravity do not allow it. Peeling wallpaper or rotten skiritng boards are another way to tell along with a fluffy white powder " effloresence" accumulating on the surface. This is salt from the brickwork or ground water that has been drawn to the surface.
Have you got Penetrating Dampness?
I have mentioned above the key factors to look out for when trying to diagnose this form of dampness but below they are listed:
Cracks, gaps and hairline fractures allow moisture in.
Black mould in areas where condensation is unlikely to form.
Moss and lichen growing.
Frost damge/perished brickwork.
Unusually excessive heat loss from certain rooms.
Darker areas of brickwork or water 'tidal' marks.
Overflowing gutters/damaged downpipes
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