Damp Investigation

Have you noticed the development of black mould within your property? Are your interior walls displaying some form of damage, where your plaster, paint or wallpaper have been affected? Caused by several different factors, if excessive moisture is present, there’s a chance that you’ll be experiencing some damp issues.

Damp is the sign of excessive moisture, which is formed when warm air enters through a window, gap or crack, and affects surfaces, such as your internal walls and ceilings. Commonly linked to condensation, leaks, poor insulation and ventilation, damp can turn into a significant health hazard if ignored. 

It can be hard to find the underlying cause of damp, which is why cases often become significantly worse until black mould develops. Without treatment, black mould can be hazardous to inhale and touch, and can also look very unpleasant within your property.  

At Reactive Plumbing & Drainage, we are specialists within infrastructural solutions, and can investigate and identify issues such as the causes of damp. Serving the North-West, reach out if you require specialist assistance to identify the cause of damp in your property.  

 

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What are the Signs of Damp?

Damp is commonly an easy issue to spot due to its tell-tale signs. Black mould, excessive moisture, high humidity and the effects that such issues have on internal infrastructures are common signs which highlight the location of damp.  

Although the signs of damp can be easy to distinguish, it is not always as easy to know what the cause of it is. From cracks in drains to other external factors, RPD can investigate the cause of your damp and identify it for you.

 

 

What are the Causes of Damp?

Damp can materialise through a range of underlying causes, yet the greatest focus is on areas where humidity is high, ventilation is poor, and moisture is excessive.  

Anything from plumbing faults and structural malfunctions to poor insulation, guttering issues and poor ventilation can cause condensation and penetrating damp. Such issues are normally very common across both domestic and commercial properties, as external damage to walls and roofs can cause leaks and cavities, which damp feeds off.  

As the cause can be complex, professionally identifying the source is recommended if you spot the signs of damp. A variety of damp investigationtechniques are available, yet dependent on the type and source of damp, the inspection style will vary.  

Using techniques such as the internal inspection of cracks in drains using professional equipment such as drain cameras; here’s why acting is a necessity in the event of damp and mould.  

 

The Necessity of Professional Damp Investigation

The development of damp is typically the result of a further issue. It’s ultimately a warning that infrastructural damage or issues are present in drains, which is a problem which will need to be resolved to stop damp worsening.  

Damp, if severe, can cause significant structural issues, reduce the stability of internal walls and ceilings, cause moisture to be present, and materials to become damp and damaged.  

The impacts of damp, if untreated, can also develop into black mould, which is unpleasant for the eye, but also hazardous for health. Without identifying damp, mould can cause respiratory issues, can trigger asthma attacks, and can also be toxic in some forms through allergens.  

 

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It's also found that damp issues, especially down to poor ventilation and insulation can deter smart energy solutions, meaning that utility bills can increase.

Ultimately, if untreated, damp can cause many issues to the stability and efficiency of your property, which is why professional damp investigation services should be considered.

As issues can quickly develop, making use of drain specialists will help to identify the cause, help to act with the most effective form of treatment, and also recommend steps to reduce condensation and risks moving forward.  

Without action, the look, feel and sturdiness of your property can be deterred, which can be simply resolved by identifying the cause of damp.  

 

Damp Investigation Here at Reactive Plumbing & Drainage  

Damp investigation will be recommended on a per-client basis. This is down to the fact that the cause and symptoms of damp can vary, requiring tailored inspection solutions.  

Our services at Reactive Plumbing & Drainage will start by assessing the cause of damp. This could be anything from a leak caused by a crack in a drain or by a leaking wall.

Once we’ve identified the cause of damp, we will then recommend the best way to treat and fix your damp and leak issue. For example, a drain replacement may be required to fix a crack which has ultimately caused damage due to damp.

Damp investigation services will allow you to source the cause of the damp in your property, and provide a proactive solution to reducing the risk of future issues.

Once the source of your damp problems has been resolved, we will also work to complete any repairs to your property, which may be linked to your plumbing systems, drainage methods or the structure of your building. 

Repairs will be necessary to stop the damp problem from worsening and growing mould, and drain replacements can stop the initial cause from deteriorating or resurfacing again later with symptoms of damp in your cupboards or walls.

Alongside investigating your property for the causes of damp, we are professionals, here to offer assistance with maintaining a damp-free environment. We can help you identify any other risks, we can offer tips with ventilation and the reduction of condensation, and we can also provide any further solutions to ensure your property is safe and clean.  

Damp inspections are necessary to remove mould, repair damages and control the consequences of damp. We can assist with years of experience in the industry, along with supporting you with any plumbing malfunctions or infrastructural problems such as cracked drainage pipes.  

Damp is an unpleasant problem that can devalue and deter your property. Avoid any long-term issues by using our damp investigation specialist services at Reactive Plumbing & Drainage. We have years of experience working in the plumbing industry and can help you today.

Check our FAQ’s on Damp Investigation

 

Is damp proofing expensive?Damp comes in many different forms with each requiring their own tailored treatment plan. It is important to establish the type of damp problem you have and the severity of the damp issue in order to get a quote. Contact our team today to find out more
What are the methods of damp proofing?Damp can be treated and provented in a variety of different ways depending on the source. A member of a team will establish the problem before deciding on the most suitable treatment. Treatments for damp proofing include: Damp proof courses, waterproof membranes, ventilation units, timber repair and resin repairs.
What is the initial cause of damp?Damp can appear for many reasons. The most common reason for damp on internal walls is condensation. Condensation will usually show as signs of black mould and it is important you get this issue resolved before it leads to further problems. Call our friendly and professional team today