Signs of Damp

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Signs of Damp

Damp may not always be obvious to spot in your property. It can appear rapidly after flash flooding or it can be very slow to emerge, in many cases taking several years before a damp problem becomes visible. Damp in bedrooms and other rooms can pose a major health risk. No two cases of damp are identical, so correct diagnosis by a specialist surveyor is important to prevent unnecessary expense on a solution that ultimately may not solve the underlying damp issue.

Rentokil specialist surveyors can identify damp problems indoors and on the exterior of your property, diagnosing the extent of the affected area, the kind of damp issue affecting your home and offer the most suitable solution to resolve it.

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Tell-tale Signs of Damp

  • Damp and musty smell
  • Mould or mildew forming on walls
  • Staining of wall coverings, peeling wallpaper & blistering paint
  • Dark patches & damp walls
  • Discolouration & fragmenting plaster
  • Decay of timber by wood rotting fungi or presence of wood-boring weevils
  • Rising damp symptoms may also be visible on skirting boards, where nails or screws show signs of rust
  • Rusting can also develop on angle beads within damp plaster work
  • The appearance of salt stains on outside walls
  • Mortar on the outside of the property begins to crumble away
Signs of penetrating damp due to damaged gutter

Signs of Rising Damp

Damp signs can differ depending on the type. If you notice any of the following signs, it is likely that you have rising damp:

  • Skirting boards or plaster within the property may damaged or rotting.
  • Wet patches may become visible which can often lead to paint and wallpaper peeling off.
  • You may notice floor coverings lifting or damp patches.
  • A white powder-like substance can be left when soluble salts dissolve from the ground.
  • A tide line of yellowish or brownish staining or brown plaster in the lower area of your wall. This will be above your skirting board.
Plaster work damaged by salting in a damp bedroom
Signs of rising damp on exterior brickwork

How to Fix Damp

Damp causes great distress to many property owners. This is why we offer a professional, specialist survey to help deal with damp issues and provide effective damp proofing treatment for damage caused by rising damp, low level penetrating damp and solutions for any associated rot or woodworm issues. Our surveys are undertaken in accordance with the Property Care Association 'Code of Practice'

A detailed assessment of the extent of any damage is carried out by our Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and any recommendations for specific damp treatment for your property is documented and supplied for consideration.

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