How To Get Rid Of Rising Damp
Mould is a living organism that blows in from outside and is fairly harmless unless it comes into contact with moisture.
When the two combine, the dampness feeds the mould. Scott says a mould detector placed against a wall can sense if there’s a problem before it starts to show.
‘Most people think rising damp comes up the walls but in 90% of cases the moisture comes off the ground. Rising damp happens when moisture sits under a house then the sun comes out causing humidity.’
It can also provide a breeding ground for pests.
‘Structurally these conditions are a magnet for termites that feed off damp timber and cockroach infestations are also likely.’
TIP Tackle damp-prone areas of the house such as kitchens and bathrooms with specialist paints and primers designed to combat damp and mould.