In construction it is vital that the foundations and the lower parts of the home are treated with damp coursing. The moisture control barrier is usually added at the time of construction but can break down over the years and need replacing or at least renewing. If a home starts to get mold growing or spotting in the lower parts of the wall it can easily be a sign that there is water inside the cavity of the wall. This could be caused by a number of possibilities, including a leaking pipe, a broken pipe or some other crack or exposed area that is vulnerable to outside water, such as rain water.
A leaky roof can not only be a problem, but if it goes unnoticed it can actually result in damp running along the height of the entire inside wall. Wherever water can gather and remain, that is an area that could potentially become a damp problem in your home.
How do I damp course to prevent it from happening again?
You can call in an expert who will assess the amount of damp that currently exists in your home. The first stage is to test with a reader just how much water exists inside the wall. The next step is to find out where it came from and after that, prevent it from happening again. Next, once the damage is under control, your expert will mend the damaged areas and add a new damp coursing barrier to your home. This could consist of a damp proof membrane, which is not necessary water proof, but water resistant. Modern concrete mixtures can sometimes contain what is known as integral damp proofing that is part of the mix of the concrete. You can also surface coat your walls with a water resistant paint, or cement spray.
Anything you can do to stop water getting into the walls of your home is a good thing. Anything else you can do to prevent it happening is also good. To avoid problems like ‘rising damp’ in Brighton, which is usually caused by underground water, flooding or seepage, you can use a waterproof barrier such as plastic in much the same way you would like a pond.
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