What Exactly is Penetrating Damp?

Penetrating damp (also known as lateral damp or water ingress) is more common in older buildings with solid wall construction. Penetration damp is a result of the infiltration of water through the wall from the outside into the interior. Older buildings with defective walls are more prone to penetrating damp, especially when the walls become porous due to degradation which can easily allow water to infiltrate. Buildings with a cavity wall construction that was poorly installed are also susceptible to penetration damp.

Penetrating damp makes your wall unattractive and can eventually end up in expensive repairs such as structural timber rot repairs. It is essential to be aware of penetrating damp signs for you to find a solution as fast as possible.

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What are the Causes of Penetrating Damp?

Penetrating Damp can occur in buildings with defects such as faulty roof covering, blocked or leaking pipes, defective flashing and pointing, and poorly installed windows. Render, pointing and brickwork can become worse with age, physical damage or frost. If the cases were these issues are not addressed immediately, they can be a continuous source of dampness that can eventually ruin the interior of the property. Older buildings are the most vulnerable to penetrating damp because the materials used have deteriorated over several years.

What are the Symptoms of Penetrating Damp?

It is essential to be aware of what penetrating damp looks like. It can take from weeks to months for the symptoms to appear. Remember that older buildings with solid walls are vulnerable to penetrating damps.

You can tell that your building has a penetrating damp problem when you find damp patches on the walls, the appearance of black mould and stale, damp smell. You can check any potential sources that might be the reason for the penetrating damp problem. You can go outside and inspect if there are missing slates or damaged roof covering. You can check inside as well to see if the plumbing is defective or there are leaking pipes.

Can a Penetrating Damp Problem Cause Serious Damage?

Even if the penetrating damp does not infiltrate through the wall, it can still be quite damaging to your property. If the penetrating damp problem persists for longer periods of time, it can lead to other issues such as dry rot and wet rot, moist plasterwork, elevated heat loss, frost damage, stale smells and undesirable water damage on the property.

What You Can Do If Your Property Has a Penetrating Damp Problem

As soon as you observe the symptoms of penetrating damp, it is a must to do something early to prevent further damage and costly repairs. Look for a reputable company that offers penetrating damp treatments. It is vital that you let experts look at the penetrating damp problem so they can apply the most appropriate solution.

Southern Damp Proofing Services — Your Penetrating Damp Treatment Specialist

Here at Southern Damp Proofing, our experienced team are highly trained to assist you with your penetrating damp problem. We assure you that we can get rid of the damp issue your property is experiencing.

First, we will do a site visit to inspect the issue and identify what is causing the problem. As soon as we find the culprit of the damp problem, the repair is done to the defect to stop moisture from entering. Finally, we will consider what other repairs should be done to get rid of the issue altogether.

Reach Out to Our Penetrating Damp Specialists

To ensure that your property won’t be severely damaged, it is essential that you identify if there is a penetrating damp problem. You can call our specialists now at 01245 678 920 to get the perfect solution for your penetrating damp dilemma.

The surveyors at Southern Damp Proofing Solutions are Property Care Association accredited. Our surveyors are highly qualified and certified to deliver the right solutions for any damp problem that could be damaging your property.

Penetrating Damp FAQs

Can penetrating Damp be Dangerous in Any Way?

Damp can cause health issues such as respiratory problems, especially on children, the elderly and those with asthma. Moulds that come with structural dampness can also cause infections, allergic reactions and toxic symptoms from the spores released in the air.

Water ingress: What is it?

When water enters a property through a building defect (e.g., a leaky roof, blocked gutter, faulty damp proof course, faulty plumbing, mortar deterioration within brickwork joints), it is called Water ingress.

Penetrating Damp Mold: What is it?

Penetrating damp mould is the black produced because of penetrating damp issue. Moulds can be a health risk for you and the members of your family. Moulds can cause an allergic reaction, trigger an asthma attack and infections by inhaling the spores. When you find moulds in your home, do not hesitate to address the problem right away.

Is mould caused by penetrating damp?

Yes, penetrating damp can cause moulds. The excess dampness in the property can result in having black mould problems. Moulds love damp and cold places, so you might want to check your bathroom and kitchen for moulds. You can identify moulds by their unpleasant and musty smell. Moulds can irritate the skin, eyes, lungs, nose and throat, that is why it is important to get rid of them immediately.

Can I perform DIY solutions for penetrating damp issues?

Yes, there are DIY solutions you can do to address any penetrating damp problem. Minor penetrating damp issues can be resolved by DIY techniques. Penetrating damp can be caused by various defects. For blocked downpipes and guttering, just simply remove whatever that is causing the blockage. For cracked render, small cracks can be patched with sealant or with a new render. For dilapidated windows, check the drip grooves if they are blocked and clean them thoroughly if they are. For penetrating damp issues that you cannot resolve yourself, it is important that you seek professional assistance from a trustworthy penetrating damp treatment expert. Specialists on penetrating damps will ensure that the issue is completely resolved and you will have peace of mind knowing that your property will be free from dampness and mould for a long time.