Posted on
March 10th, 2016

Rising Damp; What You Need to Know

The UK sees heavy rainfall each year, which means that is no surprise that damp is such a common problem. There are several different types of damp, including penetrating damp, condensation and rising damp. In order to provide effective treatment, you will first need to identify the type of damp that is affecting your home.

So, what is rising damp?

Rising damp occurs when water from the ground travels up through the walls and mortar. When damp proofing is damaged or inadequate for the building it allows other groundwater liquids to travel up through the walls which causes the rising damp problem.

How do I know if it’s rising damp?

There are many telltale signs that will let you know about rising damp. Keep an eye out for discolored walls and floors, tide marks and salt stains. You may also notice peeling plaster, wet floor boards and damp patches. If the rising damp has been left untreated, mould may have formed which is often black and has a musky smell.

What’s the best treatment?

It is always better to consult a professional when you find rising damp in your home. Treatments can vary from damp proofing kits and paints to installing a mesh membrane on your wall.  You can find see our full list of treatments by visiting the rising damp products page on our website.

If you have any questions or queries about rising damp, please get in touch with the Dampkits team. You can call 0845 400 6666 or email

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