Rising damp carries soluble salts up into the masonry, known as efflorescence. This dampness affects the quality of air that you breathe while you’re indoors. A damp home with low ventilation has air that contains pollutants which can trigger the development of asthma and other respiratory-related infections, as well as allergic reactions.
One of the main problems when homes are damp is the development of mould, usually on the wall. As a result, allergens are produced. Even if your home is clean and dust-free, you may find yourself sneezing, experiencing itchy eyes or a runny nose when you come into contact with the spores produced when mould grows from a damp area in your property from lack of air flow. Another danger associated with rising damp issues is the fact that it creates an environment for the development and multiplication of harmful bacteria such as mould.
Rising damp can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare as the building structure can be affected by rising damp. The integrity of the foundations can be seriously put at risk due to rising damp.
Another culprit for rising damp is the age of your home. Homes built before 1980 are often found with damp rising in capillary action in the brick work or masonry due to the fact that the walls were either inferior or had no damp course. The internal walls of these older homes have a more common issue with water penetration. Building regulations have since been updated over the years to include items to help prevent this problem from occurring. There is a damp treatment and solution for each reason of rising damp.