Rising damp can become a serious problem in any building if not treated the correct way. At most times it has to be done with the help of a professional. There are products in the market that can be used as damp treatment such as damp paint, but this also needs to be used by a trained professional. Damp proofing a wall leads to much more than just painting on damp proofing paint, as damp starts with its rising from underneath the buildings foundation.
Damp walls will be easily recognised as it leaves a very visual stain on any type of wall and will also have a strong damp smell to it. Many people will first try and put an end to the problem with DIY products, but this will only put a barrier on the actual problem. As time goes by the effects of the damp will worsen within the walls and building foundation. As damp walls are caused by damp from outside or underneath a building, damp proofing from the interior or using damp paint will not work, as the problem then lies within the walls and building materials.
Apart from leaving bad stains and smells, damp will cause physical problems to any building or home structure and the health to those living in it. It will cause rusty joints and rot to the wood, it will also seep into other building materials such as the bricks and cement and collect into the tiny holes. During winter the water that has been seeping upwards will freeze and cause cracks into the bricks and cement. The issue does not end there, as your next problem will become a pest infestation. Pests, such as cockroaches, thrive in these soft and damp places and are the ideal locations to breed in. Damp can also lead to some serious and deadly illness from the bacteria caused by the damp.
Damp proofing and damp treatment should always be done by a professional, as they will have the knowledge on how to fully put an end and to eliminate all your rising damp problems.