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Rising Dampness and Uniguard's Ultimate Solution

How does raising dampness occur?

the cause of rising dampness is groundwater. Usually, it occurs when moisture seeps through the ground and then travels through the walls using ‘capillary action.’ In most cases. The water mainly has salts which travel with the water through the wall.

Capillarity action causes water from the ground to be absorbed upwards through the pores, or capillaries, within the walls and rising damp will eventually evaporate unless there are other factors that might inhibit evaporation.

Rising water transports moisture-attracting (hygroscopic) salts that are left behind within the wall when the water evaporates. Even if the water source of a rising damp problem is resolved, an internal damp problem may still occur. This is due to the hygroscopic salts attracting moisture from the air inside the building.

Why should you be careful of rising dampness?

Rising dampness

can cause a number of aesthetic, structural, and even health-related problems.

Rising dampness can cause paint and plaster work to peel, crack, and bubble, as well as water-tide marks showing where the water has risen along walls and efflorescence (a white salt deposit that looks unpleasant on walls, floors, or ceilings).

Dampness may penetrate structures, limiting building lifespan. Furthermore, when the water rises, salt deposits in building structures promote corrosion and integrity deterioration through a salt attack.

Damp conditions can promote the growth of mould, which can be dangerous to one's health.

Rising dampness can significantly affect the integrity and value of a property and superficial treatments such as repainting, coating, or cleaning the surface won't make it go away.

How can you identify rising dampness existence?

 Rising dampness is initially determined by checking out the damage usually starting by inspecting the internal walls of a structure. The first and most common sign is the peeling of paint and plaster. If you have wallpaper, it will begin to peel as well. After a period, a noticeable stain on the wall that seems to be a tide mark will form, and this is usually how far the groundwater has reached. It should be your goal to prevent increasing dampness from spreading further.

you might also see the salts blooming, which too is associated with rising dampness and leads to the debonding of paints and even plaster. If the problem is not addressed, the mortar will crumble and be replaced by white salt stains on the wall over the years.

rising dampness identification mark

rising dampness identification

How Do You Stop Rising Damp?

When a problem arises in a completed construction, negative waterproofing tends to be the most cost-effective and time-efficient solution because it takes place from the inside, avoiding the destruction of of exterior arrangements and works that are more complex or impractical to carry out from the outside.

Negative waterproofing means that the waterproofing layer is applied on the side of the building element that is opposite to the side with direct contact with water. Where the walls must be completely stripped to expose the base substrate (brick or concrete).

Step-by-Step solution

Uniguard solution

With years of expertise in tackling dampness issues and developing waterproofing solutions, we've developed a solution that is second to none. Say goodbye to unsightly stains, peeling paint, and the worry of structural damage from rising dampness with System 103 from uniguard.