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What is Rising Dampness and how does it occur? 

Rising dampness can occur when there is a non-physical DPC or bridging of an existing DPC which allows groundwater to rise up.

Rising from the ground

The term ‘rising dampness’ refers to moisture that rises up from the ground and into a building’s walls. When this moisture enters the walls, it can cause a range of problems, from staining and damp patches on walls to decorative, plaster and joinery deterioration.

What causes it

Rising dampness can be caused by a range of factors and is a common problem in older buildings. Often older properties have no incorporated  DPC and existing DPC can become  compromised by for example raised pavement levels and internal bridging.

It is important to act quickly

If rising dampness is already present in a property, then it is important to act quickly and ensure any existing Damp-Proof Course (DPC) is identified. If there is no existing DPC in place, there is a range of treatments available to help tackle the problem, including chemical damp-proofing, cavity drainage membrane systems and air-gap treatments.

How do I identify Rising Dampness


Common signs are the presence of peeling paint and wallpaper, as the moisture will cause the paint to bubble and flake, and the wallpaper to blister and peel. You may also notice a discolouration of the plaster which has become noticeably darker.


When you touch a surface that is affected by rising dampness, it will feel damp to the touch and, in some cases, may even feel cold.


Similar to other dampness issues you may notice a strong musty or stale smell in the air.

What does Rising Dampness look like?

There are a few tell-tale signs you can look for. One of the most common signs is a damp, musty smell in the room or area affected by the dampness. You may also notice peeling wallpaper, rising staining or tidemark and a white, powdery, or chalky substance on surfaces or walls.

How we manage Rising Dampness

We understand how important it is to protect your property from dampness and the many problems it can cause, so we have developed a range of solutions to help you tackle the issue.

As an award-winning contractor our treatments are designed to alleviate the dampness from the inside out, so you can be certain that your property is safe and healthy.

1. Property health check

Our highly-experienced surveyors will perform a health check on your property to determine the extent of the problem and identify any sources.

2. Recommend and rectify

Once a source is identified we will recommend the most suitable and cost-effective rectification measures to address the problem.

3. Treat and repair

We will remove the moisture using industry-leading techniques and repair or replace any areas affected by severe damage. A new damp-proof course may be implemented.

4. Protected for the future

Our team of experts will provide you with advice on the best ways to maintain your home and tackle any problems that may arise. We’ll clean up and leave your property feeling fresh and tidy.

Why choose us?

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Our clients love us and we are rated 5 out 5 on Google Reviews


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Our professional planning ensures industry leading practices

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We have helped many clients solve Rising Dampness, check out the nice things our clients say about us

Our clients satisfaction is always our number one priority. It’s for this reason we have so many great and glowing reviews. Our reviews really speak for themselves.

  • Hugh Todd

    This is the ‘go to’ company for high quality work at fair and reasonable cost, and has credibility with those in the know like surveyors, the construction industry and estate agents. I commend the company to anyone who values professionalism, value for money and thoroughness.

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Hugh Todd Dollar
  • Kevin Mullins

    TPC were extremely professional. Estimates were given promptly, deadlines met and the work carried out,was of the highest standard. The team tidied up after themselves at all times and restored the walls such that once painted you would never have known they had been working there.

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Kevin Mullins St Andrews