Rising Damp Treatmentrising damp scottish borders

Particularly common in older buildings, rising damp is probably the most common problem I am asked to investigate.
Caused by moisture rising by capillary action through the stone/brickwork, it can cause secondary problems such as dry/wet rot and salt contamination to plaster.
In most circumstances, it can be dealt with by the injection of a chemical damp proof course and the removal and renewal of the affected plaster, but other solutions are also available:

Electro-osmosis

This process involves passing a charge through a titanium wire which is linked to a series of anodes and earthed using a ground rod.

This system has the advantage of being faster to install and is reversible.  This makes it particularly effective when dealing with listed/historic buildings which may allow chemical injection.

Membrane Systemsrising damp scottish borders

Fixed directly to the wall using proprietary fixings, the membrane damp proofing systems have many advantages over conventional systems namely:

  • you do not need to wait 6 months before you decorate
  • it has the ability to deal with penetrating damp caused by high ground levels

This system is similar to our basement waterproofing system