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Damp and Rising Damp: What Should I Do?

Damp and rising damp is a source of concern for countless homeowners, causing anxiety and frustration. But don’t worry – we’re here to help you!

If you’ve noticed damp patches or traces of mould, or you see the walls of your house starting to deteriorate, it’s likely you’re experiencing damp or rising damp. The most common causes are:

  • Water ingress;
  • Poor ventilation;
  • Lack of insulation;
  • Condensation.

In this article, we’re going to help you understand how damp and rising damp work, how you can identify them and what you can do to treat them.

Understanding Damp and Rising Damp

Damp is a common problem, and can be found in many homes. Symptoms are generally damp patches on walls, musty odours and/or the presence of mould. Rising damp is a specific kind of damp, caused by groundwater rising up masonry by a process of capillarity. Untreated, it can damage the foundations of the building. When damp seeps into your walls, it can cause major problems both to the structure of the house and the health of its occupants. It is crucial, therefore, to deal with the problem quickly.

Recognising Damp and Rising Damp

But before trying to find a solution, it’s essential you diagnose the problem correctly. You may be looking at damp or rising damp if your home has:

  • Damp patches and mould: Dark stains and/or traces of mould on the walls and ceiling are a sure sign of damp issues.
  • Musty odours: If you notice a persistent musty smell, this could also indicate you have a problem with damp in your home.
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper: Damp can cause your wallcoverings to lift or peel.
  • Efflorescence: These are white deposits which can appear on surfaces affected by rising damp.

We would advise you to contact your BFL® INTERNATIONAL specialist for a free assessment. They will be able to detect whether or not your home is suffering from damp.

The effects of damp on your home and health

Risks to your home

Damp in the home can be a nightmare, damaging walls and foundations, and leading to cracks and structural deterioration. Mould can penetrate walls, wood and carpets, frequently causing costly material damage. Damp can also attract termites and other pests, further compromising the structural integrity of your home. Ignoring the problem could lead to expensive repairs in the future, not to mention headaches and hassle!

But damp isn’t just a problem for your home; it can also pose a substantial risk to your health.

Risks to your health

Besides causing damage to your home, excessive damp can also be harmful to your health. Mould thrives in damp environments. It releases spores into the air which, if inhaled on a regular basis, can lead to allergies, respiratory problems and reactions such as sneezing or itching. Mould spores can also aggravate the symptoms of any pre-existing allergies and cause severe breathing issues. Take your health seriously – act now to eliminate damp in your home.

Excessive damp in your home can cause structural issues, such as damage to the fabric of the building. Cracks may start to appear in your walls, while mould can lead to a variety of health problems, particularly in asthma sufferers or those with allergies.

So if you have rising damp in your home, it’s essential you treat it without delay. BFL INTERNATIONAL has the solutions you need.

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Discover BFL INTERNATIONAL’s range of rising damp treatment solutions: The I.P.E® and I.P.G®


The I.P.E® Electromagnetic Polarity Inverter is a superhero in the fight against damp and rising damp.

To put it simply, the I.P.E® sends tiny electromagnetic signals into the walls, and the magic happens. The water molecules making their way up the wall are turned on their heads and get trapped in the pores of the wall, unable to climb any higher. So it’s goodbye to moisture seepage, and goodbye to stress. No more sleepless nights wondering whether your house is morphing into an indoor swimming pool! With this little device in the house, those water droplets had better watch out.

And you can forget about expensive building work to fix your damp issues – the I.P.E® will also protect the contents of your wallet!

You don’t have to be a DIY expert to install the device: just a few simple steps and you’re there.

You may be wondering if there’s anything weird and wonderful in the device to make it work. The answer is no, not at all. It’s 100% natural, with no harmful chemicals involved.

BFL’s products also include the I.P.E® PRO+, which comes with a dedicated app to help you monitor changes in moisture levels in your walls: Download the Rising Damp app, available from the App Store and on Google Play.

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The Geomagnetic Polarity Inverter sends geomagnetic signals opposing the soil’s magnetic field, which prevents water from rising up the walls. Read more

The process is non-invasive, requires no heavy building work, uses no chemicals and is easy to maintain.

If you need an effective, planet-friendly solution to your damp and rising damp issues, our Geomagnetic and Electromagnetic Polarity Inverters are perfect for you.

At last you’ll be able to enjoy a dry, comfortable home.

Contact us for more information.

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