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All buildings, old and new, will contain a certain amount of moisture. Building materials and construction should allow for this, but a lack of general maintenance or poor workmanship leading to a build-up of moisture which is unable to escape can become a problem. So, what causes damp? Common causes include:
• Leaking Plumbing - Even minute drips can cause a large damp patch when they are consistent and concentrated
• Leaking Guttering - Water usually runs down the outside of the wall or into the roof space if the system is worn, damaged or unable to cope with heavy rain fall
• Leaking Roof – Missing, broken or slipped tiles or slates will allow water into your roof and damage your ceilings
• Failing Damp Proof Course DPC – Chemical injections in the DPC do not always provide a total barrier against rising damp and rely on water proof render and plasters
• Cement Rendering – Can over time develop cracks allowing water into the wall which can’t escape
• High Exterior Ground Level – Always a problem, especially if lawns are paved over
How to Deal with Damp
DJ Hutchings have invested in thermographic cameras so that our technicians and plumbers can explore your property using heat mapping. Dampness is usually hotter or colder than other areas surrounding it, therefore by identifying the specific area and the number of leaks means that repairs can be focused and secondary leaks can be prevented. Our qualified technicians are fully trained and are available 24 hours a day. Find out more about DJ Hutchings leak detection service.
The precise cause of the damp is not always obvious, and there are often several defects all contributing to the problem. Simply Tel: 01327 353677 or use the Contact Us enquiry form for advice.