Penetrating damp usually occurs if you own or live in a property that has building defects e.g. Defective roof coverings, a leaking rainwater pipe or faulty pointing to doors and windows. Some of the most common cases of penetrating damp come from defective masonry, render and pointing. Brickwork, pointing and render can deteriorate with age, frost or physical damage. This is one of the main reasons why older buildings are affected by penetrated damp as their building materials may be deteriorating over time or have been affected by storm damage and therefore not able to do the job they were designed to do.
If the structure of a building is failing, then your property may be allowing moisture to soak completely through the wall. This is a sign that your property waterproofing system is failing. You can also find penetrating damp where the external ground levels are higher than the internal floors or damp-proof membranes to concrete ground floors or solums below your ground floor are defective. You may also find damp in areas below ground level like the basement or cellars of your home.
Proper and accurate diagnosis of the damp problem is important so that the appropriate remedial repair is specified. Each of our customers receives a detailed report once the survey has been completed by one of our surveyors.