Rising damp is caused by water from the ground rises through the bricks and mortar of a building. Ground water contains salts including sulphates, nitrates and chlorides these rise up the wall in the water, but when the water has evaporated the salts are left on the wall causing a salt band at the maximum height of the risen water.
The treatment of rising damp involves the injection of a chemical damp proofing course to the lower half of a property. It is important to make sure that if you are purchasing a new property that a damp proofing course has been installed and installed properly with a certificate of works carried out and guarantee.
If you are looking for a damp proofing contractor in your local area it should be easy enough to find one. Local trade directories and local newspapers all carry advertisements for skills and services offered in your local area. If you know of any friends or family who have recently had a damp proofing course installed in one of their properties maybe they can recommend a reputable contractor too.
A reputable contractor will do a damp proof survey on your property to assess all the actual severity of damp in the property and offer customized solutions that are best for your individual property. The amount of products that are available on the market is extensive and unless you are an experienced damp proofing contractor then it is a job best left to the experts, although it is possible to purchase all the equipment required and do the damp proofing yourself.
A great way to find a reputable contractor is via the internet, if you have internet access you need to go to a search engine and type in the words damp proofing and your local area and it will return a list of local damp proofing specialists in your area. Be sure to get a few quotes to get the best price possible at the time. Before engaging a contractor always make sure that they have carried out a damp survey on your property so that they know the extent of the problem and the best way to treat it.
Contact the London Home Counties website if you are after help and advice with damp proofing