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What is Rising Damp ?

Rising damp in buildings may be defined as the upwards flow of moisture through a porous wall or floor, the moisture being derived from the ground.

The moisture rises through the pores (capillaries) in the masonry by a process called capillary action, which causes the masonry to act like a wick.

If a building doesn’t have an effective damp proof course or the interior or exterior ground level is raised it will be susceptible to rising damp, which can cause a range of problems, including health issues, heat loss and damage to timbers.

Common signs of rising damp include wallpaper peeling or falling off, tidemarks on the walls, damp patches, bubbling paint and or plaster, mould, stains, rotting or decaying skirting boards.

How do we treat Rising Damp ?

The best way to treat rising damp depends on its cause.

Rising damp is treated by installing an effective damp proof course, this is done by drilling holes in the damp wall to inject a chemical damp proof course into it and then replacing any damaged plaster.

Sometimes it is also necessary to install a damp proof membrane, which is a sheet that is impervious to water.

Damp problems can be complex, with different issues interacting to produce extensive damage.


The quickest and easiest way for you to resolve damp problem is for one of our expert surveyors to carry out a free survey to identify all the issues.

We provide a 100% diagnosis and cure rate for all damp problems, and our treatments are guaranteed up to 30 years.