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Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings
Dampness in Buildings

Understanding Dampness in Buildings

Understanding dampness in buildings and building materials is vital in knowing how to remedy the problems this may cause. David Hunt has many years of experience in this field; coupled with our specialist trace and access equipment we have the ability to accurately diagnose dampness, its sources and advise on any action necessary to rectify the problem.

Dampness in Buildings

Services include:

• Moisture investigation reports

• Trace & access

• Gravimetric testing

• Salts analysis

• Data logging


There are many common mistakes made when identifying dampness in buildings, usually associated with a lack of experience, training or a combination of both. It’s important to have a thorough knowledge of the subject and understand the importance of:

• Hygroscopic salts and efflorescence

• Limitations of moisture meters

• Presence of rising damp

• Importance of plaster type

• Fungal growth

• Humidity readings

• Damp proof courses and membranes

Is dampness in buildings necessarily a problem?

The answer to this is often… No.

There are hundreds of thousands of older properties in the UK built long before the emergence of modern damp proofing construction methods. Probably all of these buildings have a damp problem to some degree or other. In general, dampness will only become a problem when it starts to affect the decorative finishes within the living space or there is a damp odour or other such nuisance. Thoroughly understanding the causes of dampness and accurately diagnosing the remedial action necessary is critical in deciding if your damp problem requires further action.

Dampness in buildings

Ways of Testing for Dampness

There are numerous ways to test for dampness in building materials, the most common is by use of a standard moisture meter. It's often not understood that this type of meter, usually with the two prongs is in fact an electrical resistance meter calibrated for use on wood ONLY. This means that any readings taken with such a meter on anything other than wood is not quantitative i.e. it's not necessarily indicating a damp problem. So be wary of using a moisture meter on stone, brick, mortar beds, concrete etc. it takes a skilled and experienced operator to properly interpret results. Gravimetric testing is one of our favoured methods to test for moisture content. We prefer this method as it strips out Hygroscopic moisture from the total moisture content of a material. In other words it calculates the naturally present moisture content of a material and produces a result for capillary moisture. Capillary moisture is the moisture content we are interested in as it shouldn't be present in a material and if it is it means there is a water ingress such as a leak or rising damp.

Image: Established mycelium growth found under a bedroom carpet, on this occasion caused by a slow dripping pipe beneath.


If you think you have a damp problem... contact us for advice.


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