Causes of dampness in buildings
There are many possible causes of dampness in buildings, including:
- The absence of, or faults in, a damp-proof course at ground level can lead to rising damp.
- Defects in the roof, walls or plumbing can allow penetrating damp.
- The lifestyle of the building's occupants and the amount of heating and ventilation can influence the development of condensation.
Correct identification is the key to solving dampness problems. This will often involve taking small samples of plaster, mortar and brickwork for analysis on site or at a specialist Laboratory.
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