The damp level in the house plays an important role in the formation of the microclimate, providing a healthy and comfortable atmosphere. However, sometimes it plays a negative role like contributing to the spreading of pathogens, mould growth, the reproduction of dust mites that cause allergies, the appearance of unpleasant smells, and discomfort.
If you notice any problems with your drain system or the rising damp, you should immediately contact a specialist. Today, finding a plumber in East London or other areas is easy.
An increased level of moisture in building structures, elements, and materials, a reduced or absent opportunity for natural or forced drying leads to a permanent or temporary rising damp in internal walls.
Signs of rising damp
Unpleasant smells. The intensity of smells in a room increases with increasing humidity. An increase in household smells may indicate an increase in humidity in the room atmosphere. A musty smell can signal the growth of mold, mildew, or rot.
Feeling damp. Indicates an increase in humidity and a violation of ventilation in the room.
Condensation, frost, and ice formation on cold surfaces. All of them signal extra moisture in the room and the presence of insufficient insulation of the outer contour of the building and possible leaks of warm air through the cracks.
Changes in color, texture, and moisture of materials surfaces. Warping, swelling, deformation, cracking, blistering, crumbling, flaking, discoloration, darkening, dark or colored spots on the surfaces of materials may indicate high humidity in the room.
Biological destruction of wood. The rot and decay of wooden structures indicate the constant damaging effect of moisture, which creates optimal conditions for the growth and reproduction of microorganisms that destroy the tree.
Wet pipes. “Sweating” cold pipes are a sign of dampness in your home. The cold water significantly cools the pipe surfaces on which excess moisture condenses.
Hygrometer readings. An excess of more than 50% relative humidity in a home may indicate a humidity problem. At the same time, even a low level of humidity in the atmosphere of a house does not guarantee the absence of problems with excess humidity in structures or individual rooms (basements, attics, etc.).
The causes of rising damp in internal walls
- Interstitial condensation. Porous building materials such as wood, concrete, and others contain a certain amount of moisture in the structure of the material.
- Trunk moisture. Moisture can enter the house in the form of rain, snow, or groundwater, water supply, and sewerage leaks, water storage tanks, seeping through leaks in moisture-insulating media.
- Capillary moisture. Capillary moisture enters the house through microscopic communicating pores of materials such as concrete, brick, and wood from the external humid environment in the absence of waterproofing layers or layers that rupture the capillaries.
- Moisture moving by airflow. Airflow through cracks in building structures or through open openings, windows, or doors is capable of transporting saturated water vapor from the street.
- Vapor transport of moisture through porous materials. Due to the pressure difference, water vapor can penetrate through porous materials such as aerated concrete or wood.
However, if the problem cannot be avoided in time, you should contact drain repair services. You should entrust the work to real professionals who will quickly and efficiently fix all problems. Do not try to make repair works by yourself, you can only make it worse and then the repair service will cost even more than before.