How to Stop Damp Coming Through Walls?
How to stop damp coming through walls? It starts with determining the cause of dampness (condensation, water penetration, porous walls, pipe leaks). This can be accomplished through a non-destructive method such as Thermography Inspection and other means.
Once the cause is identified, reliable and cost-effective solutions will then be promptly provided. For example, the structural dampness might be primarily caused by pipe joint failures which result to leaks. The pipes will then be properly sealed or replaced to stop the dampness.
Why stop dampness immediately?
Dampness is about having unwanted moisture inside a residential or commercial building. This then creates a good environment for moulds to thrive. The negative health effects are as follows:
- Dry cough
- Respiratory infections
- Other immunological reactions
The health of the families and occupants is at risk if there’s dampness in the building. They might raise legal issues and/or abandon the area.
To prevent this scenario, a timely inspection should be performed. This will then lead to the right solutions that would eliminate the risks associated with dampness.
How to solve dampness and control mould growth
The key here is to control the humidity levels inside an area or building. This can be accomplished through the following ways:
- Repair any leaks in walls, roofs and plumbing (e.g. tiling and waterproofing issues should be corrected early)
- Identify the flow and loss of hot and cool air (can be done through Thermography Inspection)
- Address subfloor moisture problems (e.g. use flooring underlayment which reduces amount of moisture going from subfloor into the upper wood floor)
How to stop damp coming through walls
The walls may occupy the largest surface area which is why they could be the most responsible to dampness. However, inspections may reveal that the ceilings and floors also contribute to the dampness.
Whichever is the case, the causes of structural dampness should be identified early on. Whether it’s a pipe leak or poor waterproofing, proper identification will lead to the most cost-effective solutions.
That’s why here at Sydney Building Defects Inspections and Reports, we use specialised tools (such as Flir Thermal Imaging Camera) to trace heat signatures and paths of heat and moisture flow. After the thorough inspection, we can then provide suggestions on how to best solve the problem.
Contact us today and we’ll do thorough inspections and provide comprehensive reports for your reference. Our highly qualified professionals will accurately determine the cause of dampness in your property.