Rising Damp

Rising damp is a term used to describe water entering a building structure through a process called 'capillary action'.

Masonry including bricks and mortar have fine capillaries, due to water pressure,especially in areas where there is high ground water, this pressure, in older properties where the substrate and damp course is degrading can allow the moisture to rise up from the base of the wall. Its a problem that effects only older properties 60 to 70 years and older.

Some 'experts' believe rising damp is a myth and does not exist,the problem is in many occasions unscrupulous damp proofing contractors will insist on treatment when it may be in fact faulty guttering,or other building defects causing dampness.

I have personally on many occasions treated rising damp,on an internal wall,no chance of water ingress from outside,and on the wall its self,is the presence of 'salts' that are only found in soil!

I challenge any 'expert' to try and explain this.

The Roman architect Verturvius spoke of rising dampness, and how to treat it and since 1875 it has been regulation to install a damp proof course in any building.

Over time the damp course can break down,allowing the Moisture to enter the building,here at pioneer,we are experts in identifying if it is true rising dampness, or another defect causing the issue, you can rest assured you will be given the best and most accurate diagnosis.

We can carry out both the damp proof work and the associated building work,this means any guarantee will cover the complete job.

Many damp companies will not carry out the plastering, meaning if dampness re occurs, the cost of the plastering is not covered.

We are time served in both trades giving you, the customer the best service!