Rising damp is also commonly known as salt damp or salt attack. It carries soluble salts up into the masonry, known as efflorescence. This dampness affects the quality of air that you breathe while you’re indoors. A damp home with low ventilation has air that contains pollutants which can trigger the development of asthma and other respiratory-related infections, as well as allergic reactions.
MouldBuster, a Sydney based company, aim to provide viable products that facilitate the remedial treatment and solutions to rising damp. MouldBuster has the skill required to implement a successful damp proofing treatment to stop this problem. You may like to video your problem and send it to us before we speak to you.
One of the main problems that come about when homes or buildings are damp is the development of mould, usually on the wall. As a result, allergens are produced. Even if your house or property is clean and dust-free, you may find yourself sneezing, experiencing itchy eyes or a runny nose when you come in contact with the spores produced when mould grows from a damp area in your property from lack of air flow. This usually becomes visible on a wall. Another danger associated with rising damp issues is the fact that it creates an environment for the development and multiplication of harmful bacteria such as mould.
Rising damp can be a homeowners worst nightmare as the house structure can be affected by rising damp. The integrity of the house foundations can be seriously put at risk due to rising damp.
Another culprit for rising damp can be the age of your home. Homes built before the 1970’s are often found with the damp rising in capillary action in the brick work or masonry due to the fact that the walls were either inferior or had no damp course. Therefore the internal walls of these older homes had a more common issue of water penetration. Building regulations have since been updated over the years to include items to help prevent this problem from occurring. There is a damp treatment and solution for each reason of rising damp.
Reasons for Rising Damp
Whenever a house has a rising damp issue, the main reason behind it is usually the quantity of moisture the air holds with humidity within the building and the lack of natural sub floor ventilation. There are many situations that can lead to different house structures having rising damp therefore creating places for mould to grow. Rising damp can cause real headaches. Buildings structures can be put at great risk.
- Rising damp originating from the sub floor creating moisture penetration behind the walls of older buildings or commercial properties
- Moist building materials used in the construction of a new home can often cause rising damp to creep up the walls
- Water leaks from water supply pipes
- Window frames leaking or leaking roofs that allow rainwater into the home or through the walls will cause rising damp
- Poor movement of air under the floor in the property
Whenever there is too much moisture in the air, it condenses back into water droplets when it touches any cold surface in the house. The wall or window may provide this cold surface. As a result, the condensed moisture, which is now in the form of water droplets, will cause rising damp up the walls. Rising damp occurs mainly when there is inadequate air flow.
Rising Damp in the Under Floor
Another area in the home that can create rising damp is under the house – the sub floor. The sub floor can easily harbour ground moisture, causing rising damp throughout your homes masonry structure. Sure signs of rising damp are mould showing up, usually on the wall inside your home. Rising damp can also cause pest problems when located at ground level. The damp conditions can be a magnet for termites who like to eat the damp wood. This especially when there isn’t sufficient air flow to facilitate the circulation of air. A leaking pipe beneath your floor can also cause the sub floor of the property to become damp, more so when there aren’t enough vents or a sub floor ventilation system that can facilitate proper circulation of air. Rising damp at floor level can weaken the structure of the wall at a low level. Masonry walls can begin to crumble due to this issue.
Additionally, metallic material will experience corrosion, causing damage to the entire building. Rising damp is a real risk to your property, but sub-floor air circulation can easily eradicate and prevent rising damp from developing. It is one of the best rising damp solutions.
Rising Damp Treatments
In order to identify and treat rising damp in your house or property you need to be aware of the exact source of the dampness. Possible solutions will then need to be applied. Our team of experts will help in identifying the cause of rising damp problems and mould issues. We will inspect your home and the common areas where rising damp originates, then guide you with the best course of action to take. Many houses across Sydney experience this problem.
The sub-floor is one of them. We will check for damage to the water pipes or any issues related to ventilation. We will ensure your home is damp-proof and mould free. Proper ventilation systems will ensure that there are no accumulation of moisture and will stop the problems of rising damp creeping up the walls. These systems come in different forms which include:
- Complete underfloor airflow of the house
- Sub floor air movement
The supply system is composed of a fan that creates positive pressure by blowing in fresh and dry air from outside. This influx of fresh air in your building will automatically push out the stale air. The movement is facilitated by the positive pressure created by the air from outside.
The energy recovery system creates a proper solution for homes as it minimises the loss of energy. This is accomplished by warming the fresh air from the outside through the heat extracted from the stale air that is expelled. We can either install a system for the whole house or just for the under floor area where damp occurs. These systems and the services we offer will stop rising damp and mould growth.
Another treatment to rising damp is a damp proof course. A tide mark is a dead give away of rising damp. This damp course process can be costly but it may be the only way to fix the problem. A waterproof plastic membrane following the mortar line creates a blockage for water to move through. Damp proof courses can fix rising damp in mouldy bricks, peeling plaster and tide marks on skirting boards. Rain penetration will be impossible when a damp proof course is implemented.
The last treatment available is chemical injection. A cream is injected along the damp proof course line to stop moisture proceeding up the wall. This cream is safe to use and is pressure driven into the wall. A damp proof course using a chemical cream is one way of solving dampness issues. The injection line creates a new damp proof course. The cream used is odourless.
Contact Mould Buster For All Your Rising Damp Issues Today
Our Mould Buster team in Sydney Australia has all the skills required, as well as years of industry experience to deliver a great job. We guarantee that your house or building will be damp proof with proper damp proofing to prevent your property from growing mould! Call the mould experts in Sydney Australia on 1300 066 853 and get advice on the best option and process required to fix rising damp as well as the removal of mould in your home. Our website has video information on the different treatments. We also provide tips to keep your house mould free.