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Rising Damp and Damp Proofing Wirral

Rising Damp Wirral.

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What is Rising Damp?

Rising Damp creeps up from the floor. Rising Damp occurs when lower parts of walls absorb water. Typically, this type of Damp will not reach above 1.5 metres.  Rising Damp can occur where a DPC has been fitted in the wall but has been bridged by high ground level, or your existing damp-proof course has broken down. It is caused by water rising from the ground into the walls of a building through capillary suction of brick or stone.


Rising Damp also brings nitrate and chloride salts up from the ground. After a period of time, these salts build-up and leave a white salt stain near the highest point of the Rising Damp.


When rising damp occurs in concrete floors, a remedial solution for damp-proofing solid floors needs to be found.

Rising dampness on exterior walls can cause building damage, such as the degradation of render, efflorescence, and cracks in masonry.


What is the difference between Rising Damp and Penetrating Damp?


Unlike rising damp, penetrating Damp can occur on your walls and ceiling and is often a sign of damage or a defect to an external part of your property that is allowing water to come in.


If the damp patches are spread out and not continuous, this is an indication that there may well be penetrating damp too. There is often confusion between penetrating damp, condensation and rising damp, as they often look similar. We recommend that you contact qualified and experienced damp surveyor. 


Abbey Builders are able to carry out a detailed and extensive survey of your property. We will highlight the main cause of your damp, and recommend a series of remedial works in order to get rid of your existing Damp and prevent further spread.  


Call us on or submit an enquiry for help with estimating the cost of treating damp in your house. 

We offer free surveys and free no-obligation estimates. All of our damp work comes with a 30-year guarantee.


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Example of Rising Damp Wallasey

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Example of Rising Damp West Kirby

Penetrating Damp Wirral.

What is Penetrating Damp?

The term "Penetrating Damp" is used to describe moisture that has intruded into the home from an outside source. Penetrating damp can be from driving rain, leaking gutters, defective adjoining roof coverings, defective seals to windows doors etc.

It is imperative that the source of your damp issue is detected and sorted out first. Since penetrating damp generally occurs higher up your building, it is not always possible to fix by simply installing a damp proof course.  

Signs of penetrating damp include:

  • Damp patches on walls, which appear further up the wall
  • Damp patches near to the ceiling
  • Water 'tidal' marks and darker areas of brick/stonework are other signs of penetrating dampness and a simple problem like an overflowing gutter, damaged downpipe or faulty roof can saturate a wall creating this problem.


The quicker you address a penetrating damp problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat. 

It is important to have a specialist who can provide a damp survey on your property for any penetrating damp issues you may have.

Throughout our surveys, we use the very latest in technology, and products to treat damp. 

Our surveyors will assess, diagnose and correct your penetrating damp issue. If you use someone who is not a qualified damp specialist, then it is not uncommon for them to misdiagnose penetrating damp as Rising Damp.


With our 30-year repair guarantee, you can have peace of mind that your penetrating damp problem will soon be over.


Please Contact Abbey Builders if you suspect you have a Penetrating Damp problem in your property and our experienced team will organise a arrange a survey.

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Example of Penetrating Damp Birkenhead

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Example of Penetrating Damp Hoylake

Condensation Problems Wirral.

What is Condensation?

Condensation is a common problem. It occurs when moist warm air comes into contact with a cold surface, such as after a shower. The steam from the shower condenses on cold tiled surfaces. With sufficient ventilation, it is generally not a problem.


However, extreme levels of condensation can cause further problems. Interstitial condensation can occur when the condensation enters the structure of your building. It is not visible to the eye, and as such can be devastating to the structure of your property, causing a slow timber decay. 


Signs of extreme levels of condensation include:-

  • Black mould growth that never clears after wiping or dries out. 
  • Small puddles of water along windowsills, can indicate high moisture levels within your house.
  • Streaming windows and walls
  • Discolouring of window panes 


If your home has high levels of condensation, you are likely to require better ventilation. Consider fitting airbricks and using dehumidifiers.


For over 30 years Abbey Builders Wirral have been providing damp proofing services to satisfied customers across Wirral, from rising damp treatments & condensation control to penetration damp prevention.


For any enquires about damp proofing, condensation treatment or basement conversions, please call us on:

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Example of Air Brick fitted to prevent Condensation

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Example of Condensation and Black Mould