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Damp Damage Removal

Damp is is an issue everyone in the UK has to deal with at some point or another. Our team are here to help you remove any damp, as well as restore and clean after any damage caused!

What is rising damp?

Rising damp is a common problem in the UK, particularly in older buildings with solid walls. It occurs when groundwater is absorbed by porous building materials such as bricks and mortar, causing dampness to rise from the ground and into the walls—like a sponge. This can lead to a variety of problems including peeling wallpaper, mould growth, musty odours, and even structural damage.

Unlike flood damage, which is caused by a one-time or temporary disaster, rising damp is a persistent and pervasive problem throughout the UK. One of the most visible signs of rising damp is the appearance of a “tide mark” on interior and exterior walls. This is caused by the build-up of salts and minerals in the damp patches as the water evaporates. If you see a tide mark, or worse, mould and discolouration creeping up your walls, it’s time to call a professional.

If left untreated, rising damp can cause significant damage to your property, including rotting timbers; peeling paint; crumbling concrete, brick, and plaster; and even the collapse of walls.

The most common issues that we see include:

Damp damage can be dangerous.

While many of the problems of damp in your home or business are cosmetic, it can cause serious damage to your building’s structure.

One of the major problems is rotting structural timber. If left untreated, rising damp exposes your framing, floor joists, and roof timbers to excess moisture, causing wet rot (a fungus that forms on wood). Once wet rot takes hold, it releases spores that spread through the wood. This causes wood to become spongy and soft—not at all good for holding up a house! Obviously, this can affect the structural integrity of a building. If structural timbers become damaged, it can lead to collapse. They also can be expensive to replace, which is why you want to stop rising damp quickly.

Water damage is also common in brickwork and mortar, which are porous materials. Prolonged exposure to dampness can cause water to travel through via capillaries in the brickwork and concrete, causing serious structural damage.

Damp damage can be dangerous.
How to treat and repair damp damage

How to treat and repair damp damage

Repairing rising damp damage usually involves installing a remedial damp proof course (often referred to as DPC) that are made of nonabsorbent and water-resistant materials, such as slate, bitumen, or polyethene sheets. Most buildings have had some sort of barrier installed at the lower level of the wall to prevent water rising. But it is common for some of these barriers to fail over time. In very old buildings, there may not have been a damp-proof barrier at all.  

At Northern restorations, we have years of experience in dealing with and repairing damp damage. If you suspect you have a problem, our team of experts will conduct a thorough assessment of your property to determine the extent of the damage and identify the best course of action.

Our range of services to combat rising damp, such as damp proofing. By installing a damp-proof course in the walls of your property, we can keep ground-level water from entering your home or business. This is a layer of waterproof material that is inserted into the wall above ground level. The choice of material to create an effective damp proof course depends upon your climate, type of building, and extent of moisture. Our experts are skilled in giving you the best cost-effective solution. We offer several types of remedial damp-proof courses, such as:  

  • Membrane-based solutions: In this damp-proof course, a damp-proof material is placed beneath a wall  to block moisture from contacting the structure.


  • Chemical-based solutions: Through this method, our damp damage removal specialists inject a cream or liquid into the wall to act as a water-repellant layer to stop the damp from the ground rising above the damp proof course. The introduction of water-repelling, silicone-based liquids can be more practical than a solid damp proof course.


  • Electro-osmotic solutions: Rising water is repelled through an electric charge.  using the electro-osmotic damp proof course option. This is an ideal solution when the use of chemicals is not appropriate or desired. It involves installing copper and titanium wiring to create a small electric charge in the wall, thereby reversing the polarity of the capillarity and pulling rising damp back down below ground level.


  • Pressure grouting: Filling gaps with grout or concrete can be an inexpensive and practical option. In this method, our specialists drill holes into affected areas before pumping a filler into the voids to make it damp proof.


  • Integral damp proofing methods: Adding certain compounds in the mortar or concrete during mixing can act as a moisture barrier. These might include using chalk, talc, fly ash that fill the inherent pores in concrete or mortar, thus making it denser and less porous. Other compounds, such as soaps and oils, work to repulse moisture; when mixed in concrete, they react to make it water repellent.


  • Cavity walls: A cavity wall consists of two parallel walls, separated by air space. Working further insulation, the continuous air space in the wall prevents dampness from the exterior wall from seeping to your interior walls.  inner to the inner wall.

In addition to rising damp, our damp damage removal specialists can also assist in treating other forms of unwanted moisture, such as condensation and penetrating damp. Condensation occurs when warm, moist air meets a cold surface, causing water droplets to form. This can lead to damp patches, mould growth, and a musty smell in your property. Penetrating damp, on the other hand, occurs when water seeps into your property from the outside, usually through damaged or poorly maintained roofs, gutters, or walls.

The Northern Restorations Difference

At Northern Restorations, we have a long history and knowledge of the unique needs of homeowners in West Yorkshire and northern UK. For decades, we’ve effectively solved and repaired all types of damage caused by dampness, including rising damp, condensation, and penetrating damp. We use only the highest quality materials and equipment to ensure that our work is of the highest standard.


Don’t despair. Your damp walls can be repaired and kept dry. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth and successful restoration process, from initial assessment to final completion. Together, we can restore your property to its full glory. If you have damp on your interior walls, call us for a free dampness treatment consultation at 01484 651744 or contact us here. 

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Repairing water damage requires specialist knowledge & techniques to make sure the problem is solved, and also doesn’t come back again in the future!. From extraction of standing water, to repair & replacement of damaged materials, our experienced team can give you peace of mind that your home or property is back to its best condition. Timely water damage repair services are essential for avoiding higher costs and more serious issues in the future!

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When a serious storm rolls through it can be devastating to your property, so we’re here to do whatever we can to ease your burden! From fixing & cleaning internal fixtures to dehumidifying a building, our repairs and restoration ensure your structure is safe and secure. Just make sure you act fast – the longer you leave water standing, the worse it’ll affect your property!

Our moisture surveys detect and measure moisture levels in buildings or areas. Why would you want that? Well, by carrying out these tests, it’s possible to identify whether there’s any hidden water damage present, as well as diagnose potential damp problems, useful for insurance companies, if you’re buying a house, or suspect that something’s happening to your property!

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