Exciting times, you are about to decorate, paint and beautify your home, but how do you identify Damp and how important is it to address before you decorate.
The answer to the latter is simple. It is vital to identify and address it before you decorate.
By covering it over, you will have to face it again. Generally in 18 to 24 months and you will have potentially wasted the time and money used to cover it in the first place.
The good news is that if you identify the source of your damp walls and address it correctly, your paint and decorating work will last for years, essentially until you are ready to redecorate again.
For ease of information we have broken it down into 3 parts as follows:
Rising Damp - Damp that rises through the capillaries of the brick and mortar in the absence of a damp proof course (DPC) or where a DPC has been bridged. Visible at ground level appearing worse art floor level, diminishing moving upwards
Lateral Damp - The damp that occurs below the DPC level where a change of floor level / ground level exists. Pro-tip, look for stairs or areas below ground and floor level...
Penetrating Damp - Damp caused by water ingress from external and sometimes internal sources, for example, a leaking shower. Essentially any areas where water may enter the plaster and brickwork and cause damage and damp.
It is important to note that there may be more than one cause to damp and you may have to treat a combination of causes to solve damp in one section as listed above.
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