A new seminar, created by Safeguard Europe, sets out steps to help deal with the causes of penetrating damp and factors which can worsen the problem.
There are four steps contained within the ‘Dealing with Penetrating Damp’ seminar; assessing rainwater routes and exacerbating factors, blocking the primary paths for water penetration, controlling the exacerbating factors and installing back-up in the form of a damp-resistant internal system.
“It may be relatively simple to spot the pathways for rainwater, such as missing mortar or cracks, but it’s also important to look at the wider picture to work out why rainwater is penetrating at certain points,” says Safeguard director Hudson Lambert
The two hour long seminar also provides an update on some of the latest solutions and product types on the market.
Penetrating damp can be a problem in cavity walls, an issue that receives its own section in the seminar. Although one of the functions of a cavity is to help prevent the penetration of precipitation, the introduction of insulation, as well as shoddy workmanship, can mean that this wall type suffers from penetrating damp too.
As well as causing staining and an unpleasant smell, penetrating damp has various negative impacts on a building and its inhabitants. Damp in homes is an acknowledged cause and aggravator of respiratory problems, particularly for children, older people and those with existing illnesses.
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