It’s important to understand that there are various damp problems, but rising damp is the most common. It is so named because moisture from ground level rises through the walls and can rise up to 1.5 metres and sometimes more. It doesn’t matter if you have brick or mortar on the outside of the home. The dampness can still rise through it because they are porous materials.
Once it happens, the moisture can affect the plaster and can leave behind dissolved salts. The salts can show you where the rising damp is because it will appear like a floury crust on your wall. However, chloride or nitrate salts are invisible but can cause it to recur frequently.
How To Diagnose
If you start to notice mould on the furniture or walls, rotting floorboards or window frames and curled wallpaper, you may have rising damp. If you try to paint the walls, but it won’t stick or notice tidemarks or stains on the walls, it’s also a good indication.
Other symptoms can include bubbling plaster, white crystals on the walls, wet patches or crumbling mortar and more.
If you notice any of these problems, it is time to call in specialists. Your home is unhealthy, and you must take action to make it healthy once more.
Dangers can include structural problems, allergies, respiratory illnesses and more.
How To Treat
Most rising damp contractors will use chemicals and other harsh products to remove the problem. However, Aquapol uses a non-toxic and environmentally-friendly device that sucks the water from the walls and prevents it from coming back. Therefore, you don’t have to place chemicals in your walls or further hurt your family and pets. However, you should also have the foundation checked and check for cracks in the basement to ensure that no moisture can get in.