Does A Blocked Drain Cause Rising Damp?

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Rising damp often sends a shiver to the homeowner’s wallet with images of re-diverting a new underground stream. Rising damp is often a tricky problem and can require significant excavation, retaining walls, agricultural drains and disruption to your landscaping. Nightmare! However, what a lot of homeowners DON’T know is that it is often a blocked drain causing it! Today we are sharing rising damp knowledge, related blocked drains in Sydney, and what to do about it.

Blocked Drains And Rising Damp

Blockages lead to many damaging issues in the home and, very often, to rising damp and resulting wall damage. Damp and wet rot are, worryingly, initially invisible throughout the home. As leaks from a damaged pipe system, caused by blockages, trickle out dirty water, it infiltrates your walls and floors.

The dirty water in your home leads to very dangerous mould development, can affect the structural stability over time and corrode electrical items.

A Sign Of The Damp

The sooner you pick up the indicators of damp, the sooner you can solve it and prevent extended damage. Here are the indicators:

  • Dark or discoloured spots
  • Wet looking patches on walls or the floor
  • The smell of rot, mustiness or wet old leaves
  • The appearance of mould on walls and ceilings
  • Bubbling or peeling paint, wall vinyl decals or wallpaper
  • Unexplained condensation on windows or walls

Plan Of Action

When you see one of the above indicators, act quickly. Here are some steps:

– Check your gutters, especially if you haven’t done so in the last 3 months. They might be blocked.

– Old leaking gutters will cause damp in your home.

– Check the downpipes.

– Do a pipe check throughout your house. Is the damp of the opposite side of a wall to a basin, tap or shower?

– Are any of your drains smelling or draining slowly? They could be blocked.

– When water meets resistance it will always seek the easiest way around it or will build sufficient pressure to break open a new path.

– Has a nearby tree been having a suppressing increase in growth? It might have broken through into a pipe (cause a blockage). Roots are persistent and very strong.

– Is there rainfall flowing into your drains?  With leaves and twigs? Rainwater should not have been directed into your waste water drains specifically to avoid overloading them and washing debris into, thus, causing you headaches.

– Call in professional immediately if it is the rainy season as a bigger disaster could be on the horizon.

After servicing Sydney and surrounds since 1996, we have left a plethora of happy customers in our wake. Come rain, hail or shine; we will be at your door armed with experience, trained expertise, and specialised drain equipment.

Contact us today; blocked drains in Sydney are a quick and easy job for us!

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