What causes damp in old houses? Modern building practices, poor maintenance, time, natural elements or a combination of these. Damp issues in older properties do not require expensive...

Damp problems in older buildings can be caused by many factors.

Damp Problems Winchester Alresford Twyford Southampton Romsey Hampshire 2019

Damp Problems

What causes damp in old houses? Modern building practices, poor maintenance, time, natural elements or a combination of these.

Damp issues in older properties do not require expensive chemically injected damp-proof courses, special treatments or modern day fixes and there is no such thing as rising damp. Therefore modern building techniques are not the answer.

The answer to controlling damp is to understand how the building was designed to work with the materials it was constructed with all those years ago. With this established the correct repair methods and materials can be applied and the building can function as first intended. Below is a list of likely causes that will instigate damp in older property's.

Likely Causes of Damp

External Damp Causes

External Damp Problems

  • High Ground Levels
  • Lack of Air Bricks
  • Cement Mortar
  • Cement Render
  • Missing Mortar
  • Blocked Cavity's
  • Leaking Gutters/Drainage

Internal Damp Causes

Internal Damp Problems

  • Modern Plaster
  • Modern Paint
  • Modern Wall Papers
  • Leaking Pipes
  • Poor Ventilation
  • Poor Heating

Below are some excellent links for further information on damp issues in older properties. We haven't gone in to much detail on our website as far more information is available on these sites. We hope you will visit these sites and gain a good understanding of likely causes of damp and the correct building practices to rectify them. If you do have damp issues in an older property we are happy to visit you and quote to undertake the repair work using the correct traditional time served techniques.



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Dave’s passion and care for what he does is inspiring. He has helped transform the appearance of our house, lovingly restoring a huge amount of brickwork, while being careful to ensure it is authentic and sensitive. It feels like the work he has undertaken will stand the test of time for another 112 years.

Ben P, Winchester

Edwardian House

I was very impressed by the specialist knowledge and advice received from Build Bright while looking into traditional lime mortar repairs for my Grade 2 listed property in Romsey, it was head and shoulders above any other company I’d approached. The job was completed on time, on budget, and I’m very happy with the result.

P Heslop, Romsey

Grade 2 listed mid terrace

Dave did a great job repointing and repairing a section of our 1850s brick and flint cottage. From the outset he was diligent and professional. He gave us an honest quote, advising on where work was needed and where it was not. The final product was exactly what we hoped for with the colour and texture of his lime mortar carefully integrated into the original work. He will be our first choice for any future repairs.

R Byfield, Wherwell

1850s brick & flint cottage

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1931 Period Property

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A Cooper, Winchester

Victorian house

Build Bright did a fantastic job of rebuilding and repointing the brickwork under our bay window, which had been left in very poor condition with earlier repair works using cement. Build Bright went above and beyond in restoring the front of our house to its former glory, using colour-matched lime mortar and sourcing victorian bricks. Friendly, professional service with amazing attention to detail. We couldn’t be happier with the work, thank you!

L Jacobs, Winchester

Victorian terraced house

Build Bright gave my lovely old house some much needed love. From clearing the cavity's to the repointing all the work was carried out with care. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2018 for further planned repair work.

B Heywood, Eastleigh

Victorian terraced house

Build Bright's sympathetic repointing of our 1910 semi was done with care and attention to detail. The work was exactly what was agreed upon and the site was left clean and tidy. We are very happy that they are returning to do further repairs this year.

J Phippen, Romsey

Edwardian terraced house

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D McNally, Winchester

Victorian terraced house

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