Every property owner will likely encounter the issue of damp proofing at a certain point throughout their ownership journey. Irrespective of the size, location, or age of the property, this issue can arise in the form of rising damp, floods, woodworm, dry or wet rot, persistent mould, or condensation.

What is damp?

You’ll feel less stress over damp issues after you understand what damp is and how to get rid of it. The easier (and less expensive) the outcome will be for you if the more you know and the sooner you catch it.

What are the signs of damp?

There are many ways in which damp can show its head.  If any of the following becomes apparent, it’s time to call our team:

  • A wet, musty smell
  • Staining on woodwork
  • Wet patches on walls
  • Black speckling on walls
  • Cold floors and walls
  • Detached wallpaper
  • Discoloured wallpaper
  • Mould and algae on external walls


Damp-proof Your Home to Preserve Your Property Investment

Water damage creeps in slowly. That musty smell in your basement isn’t just part of its charm — it’s actually a signal to take action! If you’ve noticed…

  • Wet patches
  • Stained woodwork
  • Detached or discoloured wallpaper
  • An increase in mould or algae

…now is the time to schedule an inspection, particularly if you live on ageing property. Older homes are a thing of beauty. There’s history and authenticity — but unfortunately, there’s also leakage, condensation, and occasional tide marks from rising groundwater. Water destruction is costly, but it doesn’t always take the form of a burst pipe or rapid flood. In most cases, it accrues over time. This is where RBS steps in and takes action. We inspect your property top to bottom to identify damage and locate the source of encroaching water. We then repair the problems and stop the deterioration before it escalates and amasses.


You know what they say about an ounce of prevention! Our professional damp proofing team ensures that groundwater won’t seep in to erode your foundation — meaning your home can keep itself whole and undamaged for years to come.

We also look at how rain or snow might be working its way through your walls and penetrating unexpected areas of your home.

Finally, we put a stop to issues of poor ventilation that may be causing water vapour droplets to condense, collect and invite the mould or decay that sabotages surfaces and interiors.

Frequently asked questions

The excess of moisture or humidity in the environment is one common cause of damp, which can be in different forms. Increased levels of humidity in the building lead to condensation. Wet and dry rot, however, can also be caused by excessive humidity levels, especially in places with little traffic and ventilation, such the loft and basement.

Other reasons of leaks include plumbing systems, broken windows, and doors that may need to be repaired or replaced and require a call for the assistance of a tradesperson who specialises in that field.

Rising damp is a result of an inadequate damp proof course and too much groundwater from outside infiltrating the walls.

There is a good potential that woodworms will infest the property's wooden materials if they get wet, which will eat away at the timber. The timber may become weak as a result, and the infestation of woodworms may spread to other wooden objects on your house, like furniture and floors, where they will continue to eat and lay their eggs.

You can get rid of dampness by implementing a number of RBS solutions. Following a survey, RBS develops a free quote summarising the suggested work and including a breakdown of the expenses.

RBS uses damp proof courses (DPC), basement tanking, chemical spray treatment for woodworm, and wet and dry rot among other methods to help home owners get rid of damp. All damp proofing strategies aim to both get rid of the damp's current source and safeguard the home against it in the future.

Yes. All basement tanking work is covered by a minimum 10-year guarantee.