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Penetrating Damp Yorkshire
Penetrating damp can be destructive and invasive, and affects homes throughout Yorkshire. It describes the way moisture penetrates a wall from the surrounding area, using ‘capillary action’ to soak through the material. When you spot penetrating damp, it’s vital you seek expert advice to keep your home in a good state of repair and those inside feeling comfortable.
Penetrating damp is particularly an issue within cellars and basements as the walls are surrounded by earth, meaning they are in constant contact with moisture. However, this is not the only place penetrating damp can occur. There are different reasons for penetrating damp depending on the location: broken or missing roof tiles, bust pipes in the attic of your property can cause damp spots to appear on your ceiling; damp appearing on your walls can be due to exterior plaster or brickwork issues.
Effects of Penetrating Damp
There are several symptoms of penetrating damp to look out for and they can take a while to appear, so it’s important to take action whenever you notice anything. Some symptoms are: localised dampness, plaster damage, wet rot decay, dry rot decay, mould, moss and brick damage.
Penetrating damp contributes to the humidity in a property, something which can affect the health of your family in time. Damp in the air creates a perfect environment for mould to grow, which can cause respiratory health issues. This is particularly risky to the elderly, children, and people who suffer from asthma. Inhaling mould caused by dampness can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure to dampness can reduce your lung function and lead to long-term problems. In your house, damp creates the perfect environment for the growth of dry rot – a wood destroying fungus that can seriously damage the structure of your property, making it unsafe to live in.
Treating Penetrating Damp
When treating penetrating damp, it is important to get to the root of the problem to fix the issue. This typically includes repairing cracks or aging issues to the house and removing deteriorated plaster. Allerton Damp Proofing offer several services to treat penetrating damp…
“How can I tell whether I have penetrating damp?”
ANSWER: There are various ways you might be able to spot penetrating damp. The first sign is often ‘wavey’ or damaged wallpaper, or crumbling plaster. You might also see wet or dry rot, mould or brick damage. If you suspect penetrating damp (or any form of damp) then call in the experts immediately. We can send out a qualified surveyor to diagnose the problem and provide an accurate quote to get it sorted.
“Is penetrating damp dangerous?”
ANSWER: Penetrating damp in itself isn’t dangerous. However, in the long run, it does pose a lot of associated risks. For example, penetrating damp can lead to mould. In turn, black mould spores can impact the health of occupants, causing asthma and other respiratory problems that last beyond being exposed to the mould. Penetrating damp can also lead to problems with the building’s structural integrity. It means it’s extremely important to get in touch with an expert when you spot the first signs of penetrating damp.