Could your London property be suffering from penetrating damp?

There are a number of signs your home or business may be have a problem with penetrating damp:

  • Wetness or water marks on walls or ceilings
  • Paintwork deteriorating or flaking off
  • Skirting boards warping or flaking
  • Wooden windowsills and frames rotting
  • Black or white mould on walls and furniture
  • Constantly cold and clammy rooms
  • A musty smell in one or more rooms

Any or all of theses symptoms could indicate you have penetrating damp. It's essential to get the source of the damp sorted as soon as possible, to prevent any further damage to your property.

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What is penetrating damp?

This kind of damp is also known as 'rain penetration' and describes water leaking into the building from outside.

Common sources of water ingress are:

  • Broken or missing gutters and downpipes
  • Cracks in rendering or masonry
  • Damage to brickwork and pointing
  • Porous bricks or poor quality mortar
  • Cracked/damaged roofs or missing roof tiles
  • Faulty/blocked drainage systems
  • Non-breathable outer wall coatings/paint
  • Broken or missing windowsills

Damp can affect old or new buildings, regardless of age and, if left untreated, can lead to permanent property damage. The problem is often more prevalent during periods of extended wet weather.

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How can London Damp Proofing help with penetrating damp?

Our experienced damp proofing team can investigate and treat your penetrating damp issues. The cause(s) of water ingress can be rapidly identified and often resolved with the application of cost effective treatments.

Where more serious property maintenance is required to protect your property, we will present you with an action plan, recommending the best options for you.

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