Damp and Dampness in Buildings.

Damp and Dampness in Buildings

All properties are different which is why we offer a range of damp proofing solutions to resolve damp and dampness in all types of building.

There are many sources of dampness in buildings, rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation are the main types. It is important to get a reliable and properly trained damp surveyor to check out the problem fully before arriving at any conclusions. An experienced surveyor will be able to tell you whether your problem is related to rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation or a combination of two or more dampness types. Each type of damp will have different characteristics and different solutions. If the problem is wrongly diagnosed you could end up wasting money as the symptoms of the damp problem will not be fully resolved.

At any point on this page you can click the light blue wording to be taken to a more comprehensive description.

Rising Damp Example

Rising Damp

Rising Damp is where dampness from the ground travels up a wall or structure from the ground underneath. Rising damp often leaves tidemarks on your walls or condensation on the surface of your walls, Click the link to read about rising damp.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp can be from driving rain, leaking gutters, defective adjoining roof coverings, defective seals to windows or doors, defective pointing, high ground levels etc. Click the link to read about penetrating damp.


Bridging is where moisture travels around a damp proof course. Typical causes of bridging damp are:- high ground level, where earth or some other substance is above the level of a damp proof course. this is often found in places where there are embankments, properties on a hill, raised flower beds etc, or it can be when internal plaster is carried below the damp proof course level and dampness can track around the damp proof course through the plaster.


Condensation is an entirely different problem but can be mistaken for rising damp if not tested thoroughly. Condensation can often lead to mould, black spot mould and mildew all of which can be harmful to your health, especially for those with pre existing conditions such as asthma or other respiratory problems. Read about condensation in our condensation section here Condensation.

Qualified Surveyors

Our surveyors will take the time to fully check out the symptoms of every damp problem to arrive at a fully informed and considered diagnosis, often we recommend alternative courses of action or monitor the situation to ensure that a damp course insertion is definitely required.

Our senior surveyor comments:-

Of all the inspections I carry out for damp problems, over 50% will have been already treated by another firm who have usually gone out of business or are not there to honour their guarantee.

Correct diagnosis is essential to effectively solve damp problems thoroughly and in one treatment. Often, the result of an inadequate inspection and diagnosis is that these poor customers are having to suffer the disruption and cost twice or even more before they get their problems solved. Often people ask plasterers to solve damp problems, you should remember - correct diagnosis is the key, you would not expect.

Call and book your free visit for help and advice

If you think you have a problem and would like some expert advice why not talk to a fully vetted and accredited Which? magazine TRUSTED TRADER where you know you will receive an honest and fair appraisal of your problem and a highly competitive price if any work is needed!

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Whatever your thoughts, questions or concerns may be, everything starts from a first step, the first step in this case is to get in touch, we will send a friendly helpful surveyor to you. You are then free to run your thoughts and ideas past him, he will sit down, chat with you and tell you whether what you want to do is practical and possible, if there are any more practical or cost effective alternatives you may not have thought of and give you an approximate cost for your project. We realise you may need a little help to decide what is possible, so we provide this service free of charge and with no obligation - except perhaps a coffee while we chat!

What areas do we cover?

We have teams covering the north-east however we can also assist nationwide. The areas we cover are shown below:

Northumberland 01670 707228

Covering but not limited to: Bedlington, Cramlington, Hexham, Morpeth, Northumberland, Tynedale.

Newcastle / Tyneside 0191 4066488

Covering but not limited to: Gateshead, Gosforth, Heaton, Jesmond, Low Fell, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Shields, North Tyneside South Shields, South Tyneside, Team Valley, Tynemouth, Whickham, Whitley Bay.

Sunderland 0191 5947946

Covering but not limited to: Boldon, Sunderland, Washington.

County Durham and surrounding areas 0191 3385384

Covering but not limited to: Barnard Castle, Bishop Aukland, Chester-le-street, Consett, Crook, Durham, Sedgefield, Stanley, Wear Valley.

Nationwide 0800 0502400

We offer a nationwide service in other areas through our network of manufacturer vetted and approved contractors - just contact us for any UK area and we will do the rest.

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