What is Damp Proofing?

What is known as damp proofing is a solution to prevent moisture from entering a building. Moisture which creeps into a building’s wall can go on to be the source for mould problems which can eventually lead to the deterioration of property. In numerous instances, damp proofing is carried out by the insertion of a damp proof course (DPC) when a building is being built. It can also be administered by the insertion of a chemical DPC in the form of a special type of cream. This cream is what is usually used when any repairs to the DPC have to be made.

One major source of dampness in a building comes from something called rising damp. Because masonry is porous, it can allow water to seep up from the ground and into the walls of a building where it can after a while cause water damage. This same water that seeps up can also carry with it various salts that are hydroscopic, which means that they attract more water. This happens even when the moisture is not being pulled up from the ground anymore, because the salt can still attract moisture from the air into the walls, which then keep the walls damp.

Health Issues

If damp is allowed to remain in the walls of someone’s home, mould and fungus can start to grow and start causing health problems and also create unsightly water stains. Damp proofing in Scotland is utilised as a professional preventative measure to rising damp as well as for any other causes of dampness.

Damp proof courses are usually used in the process of damp proofing. A DPC is a material that is inserted into the building materials when the building is being constructed. It is commonly inserted horizontally or vertically and acts like a barrier so that any water cannot just seep into the walls from the ground or from the air. A plastic kind of DPC is often used, though some buildings use slate. If this DPC fails, it can create real problems for someone’s property.

Maintenance Method

In examples where the DPC has not done its job or where there is no DPC, a chemical DPC may be used in damp roofing. One way of doing this is to drill a hole at regular distances in the masonry course and then inject the cream. The cream will then create a barrier that will put a stop to any further rising damp.

And though this method can be done by you yourself, it may be a better idea in such a situation to have a professional service come out and inspect your property. This is due to the fact that the rising damp may not be the only reason for the dampness in your property, and simply repairing only the DPC may not totally solve the problem.

As with any such situations regarding the vital interests of your home, it’s always best to contact professionals who can deal with the problem in a professional manner.