The Damp Diaries

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?...

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?...

Here at Insitu SCP, Dealing with wall tie failure is a regular occurrence. Typically the wall ties used between 1930 and 1980 were made from a galvanised steel which are prone to rust and eventually expand. The poor protection on these wall ties left them......

Rising Damp? I don’t think so… True rising damp is extremely rare. Penetrating damp is very common. Damp is nature and nature is clever and cunning. She has been here long before we were. She’ll come into your home via atmospheric moisture, penetrating laterally through......

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 “That’s Dry rot!!” And in the process scare you half to death. Truth is, it’ll very rarely be dry rot.......

Any property can fall into this sort of disrepair if left to the elements. Mother Nature will always find a way in! Don’t let your property follow the same fate. Have an damp and timber inspection, gain some useful tips and save yourself the stress......

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