Services - Rising Damp Repairs

Crumbling Brick & Mortar - Salt and Other Problems

Is your property experiencing crumbling of brick and mortar? Presence of salts on walls?

It’s probably suffering from Rising Damp, which is a common occurrence in masonry buildings due to moisture containing salts from the ground rising up the walls causing problems.

Advanced Technologies

We use advanced technology allowing us to repair these problems cost effectively.

Each project we start we urge the client to to allow us to install a damp course so their tuckpointing or repointing will last longer on the bottom courses of the perimeter of the job.

What is Rising Damp?

Rising damp is a common issue that has plagued builders and homeowners for centuries. It occurs when groundwater slowly moves from lower parts of walls to higher areas within a structure. This problem can affect both older homes and newer constructions that may not have been properly built.

The process of rising damp is driven by capillary action, where water rises through tiny cracks in brickwork or masonry. This moisture can damage a building's integrity and appearance over time.

In modern buildings, rising damp is prevented by using a damp-proof course—a waterproof plastic membrane placed along the mortar line. However, older buildings or those with damaged damp-proof courses remain vulnerable to rising damp.

Experienced Damp Course Installers

We have decades of experience Tuckpointing, Repointing and addressing other masonary issues, like rising damp, crack repairs and brick cleaning.

We always urge customers to do their research and contact our team for a comprehensive consult and quote.

SB Tuckpointing has installed Damp Course to address Rising Damp in many different and unique situations, always resulting in a long lasting solution and a happy customer.

Effects of Rising Damp

The effects of rising damp can be significant. Aesthetically, it can cause paint and plaster to peel, crack, and bubble, as well as leave water-tide marks and efflorescence (white salt deposits) on walls, floors, or ceilings. Structurally, rising damp can lead to rot in timber structures and skirting boards, as well as corrosion and deterioration of building materials due to salt deposits. Additionally, damp conditions promote mould growth, which can pose health hazards such as asthma, allergies, and respiratory issues.

Superficial treatments like repainting or cleaning the surface will not resolve rising damp. The only effective treatment is to create a new damp-proofing course to prevent moisture movement. However, this process can be difficult, expensive, and risky, especially for older buildings with weaker structures that are most susceptible to rising damp.

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