The Damp Diaries

Damp problems in your home can be very concerning for property owners and occupants. The signs of damp can appear overnight or, more commonly, appear slowly over time. There are a whole range of symptoms that can result from a damp issue in the home. In this blog post we will highlight the more common signs of damp, however as no two cases of damp are the same, it can be difficult to diagnose the cause of these problems. Once you have identified that your property is potentially suffering from damp it’s best to get in touch with a professional damp and timber surveyor to correctly diagnose the source of the problem. ...

The mycelium of Serpula lacrymans develops extensively on the surface of infected timber and in still, humid conditions produces a mass of cotton wool-like growth with bright yellowish patches. Water droplets produced on the surface of the mycelium has given the fungus its name ‘lacrymans’ (latin for ‘tears’). Lilac tinges are more common, especially in less humid situations where the surface mycelium is reduced to a thin silken grey skin. Mycelium spreads over the timber surface by the continued growth and branching of the delicate hyphal threads with time....

That is the million dollar question!  Basically, rising damp is the passage of groundwater rising up through a porous masonry material. The water rises through a series of inter-connecting pores called capillary action, which means the porous masonry soaks up groundwater like the wick in an oil lamp. So if the suction of the wall is greater than the suction of the ground then water will rise, if not, then water will not rise. Think about what type of material would be more absorbent in some water? A lead brick or a sand stone brick?...

The great Serpula Lacrymans, aka Dry rot experiment. It started with a keen interest into how this aggressive fungal growth ticks. Everyone will tell you......

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“Saved me a lot of money” – Peter 

“In a different league” – Tony 

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