To treat rising damp it’s necessary to identify the source and apply the appropriate solution.
You can often smell and sense damp before you can see it. When it finally does appear it’s a costly, unhealthy nuisance that has to be dealt with fast.
Rising damp destroys the comfort of a home, creating musty smells and causing or aggravating asthma and allergies.
If left untreated, rising damp can carry soluble salts up into the masonry, causing what’s known as efflorescence, which can eventually destroy foundations and in severe cases result in once solid masonry eroding and crumbling away.
Right now parts of Australia are in the grip of a rising damp and mould scourge.
According to Scott Lambert, national managing director of Dr Damp, it’s the worst he’s seen in 15 years of business.
‘Three years ago, one in 20 of the homes we visited had mould, now it’s four out of five,’ says Dr Damp’s Scott Lambert.
‘It’s an epidemic.’
‘Sydney seems to be the worst because of recent rain and heat.
'Melbourne’s had a drenching but as it’s colder the problem isn’t as bad.’
Scott says the parts of Australia where heat and moisture are most common, such as the Northern Territory and tropical Queensland, don’t have mould problems.
‘Places like Darwin with a wet, humid season aren’t affected because houses are well ventilated and often built off the ground.
‘Good ventilation is the main cure to damp. You should open up the house to ventilate against dampness.’