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It doesn't sound like a particularly interesting topic, however a quick search on the worlds favourite internet , Stihl Chainsaws - Still Going Strong search engine will show that in some circles rising damp is a very hot , Stihl Chainsaws - Still Going Strong topic indeed. The trouble is that it appears that it could indeed be some type of religion or god; does it exist, or doesn't it? The truth of the matter is that rising damp does indeed exist in one form or another, but it is often misdiagnosed, or you can often pay for expensive treatment that really isn't necessary.
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for general home repair and emergencie may be defined as the vertical flow of water , Style Your Home With Decorative Plantation Shutters up through a permeable wall , Why You Should Always Have Garden Furniture structure, the water , Winter Gardening in Eastern Pennsylvania being derived from ground water. , How to Replace Old Wood Windows The water , Patio Maintenance in Fall rises through the pores (capillaries) in the masonary by a process loosely termed "capillarity." In other words the masonry acts like a wick The common causes are deterioration due to age and bridging of a damp course with internal concrete floors, , Liles for the garden renders or external paths , History of Wild Roses and earth , Liles for the garden levels (a damp course is specifically designed to avoid the possibility of rising damp- it is built of a matter of course in all new buildings).
If your house , Native and Wetland Trees for the Northeast does have a problem (something we will discuss later) then it can cause the following symptons:
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- Paint does not adhere to the wall. , Linens and Things for your Bathroom
- Wall paper lifts and stains appear on the walls. , Gardening - Using Annuals in Your Perennial Garden
- Plaster flakes away, feels soft and spongy, bubbles and white , How To Prune Roses powder or crystals appear.
- Skirting boards and floor , Bird Feeder Basics boards rot.
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- Mortar frets and falls , January Gardening Thoughts out between bricks and stonework.
- Stains or white , Gardening - Lawn Maintenance Chores Part IV powder appear on walls. , How To Prune Roses
These problems are mainly aesthetic problems only, however it is conceivable that structural damage could result from extensive rising damp, and of course a damp mouldy environment , A Few Gardens Built By The Moghuls could pose a health risk to people.
Obviously if you have any of the above symptoms then it is possible that your home , Linens and Things for your Bathroom is suffering from rising damp, and it would be advisable to get an ‘expert' in to look at your home. , More Funky Garden Plants However this is where you will face a major problem; who is an expert , and who is just a ‘cowboy' out to diagnose you with the "worst case of rising damp that he has ever seen, which can only be solved with the most expensive treatment on the market"? Unfortunately there are a lot of companies out there who have targets to meet and profits to make, and the way they do this is by over zealous diagnosing, and charge you hefty fees for carrying out work that may, or may not, fix the problem.
The major problem is that any damp-proofing salesman that you employ to look at your home , A Spring Sampler will use a ‘rising damp meter'. These meters are supposed to measure the moisture , Home Security: Your yard is the first line of defence. in materials, however what they actually do is measure the electrical conductance. The idea being that the better the conductance (the ease at which electricity , Lawn Disease and Solutions flows) the higher the water , Gardening - Lawn Maintenance Chores Part IV content. However these meters can only be calibrated for one material, and that is usually timber. , A list of power tools that women should have in their toolbox
for general home repair and emergencie So they will give reasonable results for wood , Get Your Home Ready To Sell and possibly some plasters, but for bricks, wallpaper and concrete , A Spring Sampler they will give readings that are way too high. Thus they can be used (by unscrupulous salespeople) to indicate that you have rising damp "because the meters says so" when in fact you have a perfectly normal wall. , Linens and Things for your Bathroom
In summary if you can visibly see a problem with your wall, , Gardening - Using Annuals in Your Perennial Garden with obvious signs of damage due to water , 5 Reasons Early Spring is "Firewood Time" or salty tide marks then you may have a problem with rising damp, and you will need to try to find a reliable expert to come in and look at your problem. However be very, very wary of any ‘expert' who has been employed to do a general survey of your house, , More Funky Garden Plants or indeed comes around offering a free check up of your building. , Clay Soil Planting Tips If they pull out one of these moisture , Lawn Disease and Solutions meters, jab it into the wall , Using the Propagation Technique Known as Budding to Grow Beautiful Ornamental Trees a few times and declare that you have a major problem, then it is entirely possible that they are a commission based salesperson trying to extract money from you.
Generally, if the wall , Emerald Green Arborvitae for Newtown Pa. looks okay, it is okay. If it looks like it is damp, mouldy or has tide marks on it, then you have a problem with moisture, , Get Your Home Ready To Sell condensation, or rising damp in your home, , Getting Tulips to Bloom for Two Months and you need to investigate things further.
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