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Understanding the Link between Damp and Efflorescence

What is efflorescence? If you don’t know the name, you are bound to have seen the visual effects of this phenomenon on buildings around the country. While a damp proofing quote can help you to understand the best way to tackle any damp-related issues, sometimes you just don’t realise that there is a problem in the first place.

Of course, it is important to keep an eye on your property and regularly assess it for any obvious signs of damp, but did you know that efflorescence can be a useful sign that the building has a damp issue?

What is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence is a white salt deposit which can be seen on brickwork and masonry, often appearing as a stain on the wall. The deposit is formed when the natural salts inside the bricks and construction materials react with water, causing them to dissolve, evaporate, and appear on the surface of the brickwork.

Although efflorescence in itself isn’t damaging to the structure, it can look unsightly and play havoc with decorations if it occurs inside the property. However, if you spot any signs of efflorescence, this is a sign that there is a larger underlying issue with damp within the building, so you will do well to seek a professional opinion.

So, we know that efflorescence is caused by excess levels of water, but how does this link to damp? Moisture and water levels can be caused by water leaks, condensation or damp – all of which can lead to further complications within your home if left untreated.

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    How Can it be Treated?

    The visual effects of efflorescence on external walls can usually be treated with a little DIY, but if you are unsure, it is always advisable to leave it to the experts. However, if efflorescence occurs on interior walls, not only will it spoil the look of the room, but it can also damage plaster and paintwork and prevent wallpaper from hanging correctly. In situations like these, it is vital to locate the source of the damage and work towards addressing it. After all, once the underlying issue has been fixed, you won’t need to worry about a reoccurrence of the problem.

    Damp can be a big issue in buildings and, if left untreated, the problem can spiral and potentially lead to much more serious complications. For that reason, it is essential to identify and address any damp issues as soon as possible in order to ensure the problem is cut off at the source.

    If you are concerned about damp within your home or property, contact us today to get your personalised damp proofing quote. Simply give us a ring on 0208 535 7536 to get started!

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