What Type Of Damp Do I Have?

Damp is not only harmful to property but can also be harmful to health. In order to treat the damp, you need to find out what sort of damp you have as the root cause will effect how the problem is resolved.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the exposure to damp can cause a whole range of health issues. It has been identified as a key factor in asthma and other respiratory problems.

The NHS is also concerned that damp and mould present a risk to health including allergic reactions, problems with immunity, skin conditions including eczema.

Although the health issues are a main concern damp also damages the décor and furnishings within a property. Wallpaper, plaster, door and window frames, woodwork and other structural parts of a building can be damaged. It can permeate into clothing, bedding, and other soft furnishings leading to unpleasant smells and a generally bad living environment.

Condensation occurs when warm air contacts a cold surface. This is often seen on windows, doors and external walls but can be found in other areas too. It is easy to spot and occurs more often in cold weather.

There is always a certain amount of moisture in the air. However, making sure that you don’t dry your clothes indoors, properly venting tumble dryers or replacing them with the self-condensing type, using pan lids and extractors when cooking and maintaining good ventilation can help keep damp levels down. Keeping the property above a certain temperature is also a good preventative method. Even when the home is empty it is a good idea to keep the heating on to prevent the temperature from dropping too low.

Rising Damp

Rising damp often goes unnoticed until it has become a real problem. At this stage you will start to see discolouration, and possibly wallpaper and plaster lifting or bubbling. Rising damp stains are caused when groundwater has risen through the pores of a wall or floor. The water, which contains salts and other minerals then dries, leaving a characteristic ‘tide mark’ stain. Rising damp can also cause flooring and skirting boards to rot and create a prominent damp smell.

Rising damp is normally dealt with by installing a damp-proof membrane which acts as a barrier to the water – also known as a damp-course.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is when water enters into the building from outside. This could be rain water getting in through holes in the roof, cracks in walls or perhaps by rain water accumulating because of guttering problems. Sometimes it is mistaken for rising damp because it can occur at ground level. However, the main difference is that penetrating damp will spread horizontally rather than the vertical spread you see with rising damp.

Visually penetrating damp shows itself as damp patches which often increase in size when it rains. In very serious cases the patches can run or drip. The solution to this is to ascertain where the water is coming in and rectify the underlying problem at source.

Construction Damp

There may be areas of damp that appear in a newly built home or in an established home following extensive renovation or building work. This is normally a transient problem as moisture works its way out of the new structures. It often shows itself as patches on plaster and other surfaces. Sometimes the patches will get bigger before they finally fade and it can take a few months for the problem to resolve itself. This damp will get better on its own, but it does take time, although this particular type of damp tends to cause less problems with damage than other types.

Whatever the underlying cause of the damp you may need to invest in a dehumidifier or adequately ventilate the house in order to remove the worst of the damp before you can deal with the root cause. In mild cases this could be the only treatment you need. In severe cases such as issues with cavity wall insulation this will only mask the problem so you have to deal with the source. If you do not do so, the problem will continually return.

What should I do now?

If, while reading this, you feel you may have identified a problem in your own home just complete the form below. One of our team will then call you, discuss the issue and give you any further advice or information you may need.

If you’re problems extend beyond damp and also include any or all of the following; peeling wallpaper, rotting wood, crumbling plaster, mould, blocked air vents or condensation, then the chances are very high that you have a cavity wall insulation problem. If this is the case we can organise a free survey to determine if this is in fact the root of your problem and if this is found to be the case then you will be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation and possibly even be able to make a personal injury claim.

You’re not alone, millions of people around the country are in a similar situation. We hear from clients all the time that they’ve redecorated or re-plastered or both, sometimes multiple times, but the problems return. Why suffer any longer, get the issue resolved once and for all. and stake your claim to compensation now. Just complete the short form below now and we’ll be in touch to see how we can help.

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No! The problems you are experiencing from your cavity wall insulation are not your fault. Consequently you are not liable for the cost of taking care of these problems. Poor, improper or unprofessional installation are to blame and the company that installed your installation, their insurance company or the CIGA Guarantee will cover all costs and compensation payments.

Further to that we offer a No Win No Fee arrangement. It really is cost free with free repairs to your property and a large lump sum payment as compensation. Why not get in touch today to make your claim, you literally have nothing to lose in making that initial enquiry and everything to gain! Just complete the simple form above.

What happens if I have a successful claim?

When your claim is successful, cash compensation will be awarded as part of your claim and the total amount will be awarded to you as soon as possible after the claim is successful and the funds become available. The next step is to make repairs and fixes to your property, which could involve cavity wall extraction and/or other work to rectify the issues with your property. Cavity Wall Compensation Claims have a dedicated team of surveyors, solicitors and highly skilled building professionals that can guide you through the whole process. Start your claim now.

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