What Causes Rising Dampness?
There are a few factors that contribute to this unfortunate phenomenon. A common factor to rising damp may be stormwater run-off which leads to too much wetness near the building. Another big possibility is that the structure was not armoured against dampness with an impenetrable membrane which is a standard structural additional in today’s building practice.
Just like with other leaks, there is a risk of a leaking shower base draining water where it shouldn’t be. If your shower based is leaking water into the ground, this is a prime example of where rising damp can originate.
Subsoil drainage protects your structure from water damage. If there is an issue with this system, rising damp can be a result if the water penetrates the base of your building. There are also other issues like damaging drain systems and soil placement surrounding the subsoil drainage
Blocked and Leaking
Blocked and leaking drains and pipes are bigger contributors to rising damp than homeowners may realise. If a drain is blocked, then it will overfill and lead to water building up. The same applies if a pipe is leaking, the water will flow elsewhere and fill up a lower point. When water stands, it will try and find an escape by locating the path with the least resistance in order to keep moving. This can even mean infiltrating the home.
Leaking roofs can cause havoc on the state of your structure. Just like with any other leakage issue, having water where it shouldn’t be, will cause dampness. If your roof is leaking, water can seep into the walls or flow directly to the ground. Either way, rising dampness is a big probability where there may be a roof leak.
Are your pipes damaged? Cracks and breakages in your pipe system can end up causing a significant problem if left unattended. Aside from testing your pipes, be sure to inspect them visually. Leaking pipes will lead to dampness where there shouldn’t be any.
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