Damp Proofing

Damp proofing

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What is damp proofing?

Our damp proofing guide will provide all you need to know about damp problems and how to solve them.  Rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation  and underground water ingress all require different damp proofing treatments to return the building back to normal and we will outline them all.

If you require professional treatment, then our damp proofing specialists have been solving damp problems since 1951. Our experienced surveyors are fully trained and qualified to diagnose the exact cause of the problem and, if necessary, provide a treatment plan to remedy it.

If you are concerned about damp in your home or commercial premises then our expert team are on hand to help, get in touch with us by calling 0800 633 5712 or complete the contact form below to book a survey. Alternatively continue reading to find out more about the various damp proofing services we can provide.

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Damp proofing walls

Most people start to think about damp proofing when symptoms of damp start to appear on their internal walls. Damp on walls causes aesthetic damage to paint, plaster, wallpaper, skirting boards and other fixtures and fittings but it can also lead to more serious problems such as rot which can affect structural timbers.
Other problems associated with damp walls include exacerbated symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions and poor energy efficiency with higher bills as a result.

Types of damp proofing

Damp issues can be confusing for people who are not professionally trained. Symptoms of conditions like penetrating damp, rising damp and condensation can look remarkably similar but all require different damp proofing techniques to solve.

Many homeowners will have heard of a damp-proof course, waterproof membranes or positive input ventilation unit but far fewer would know when to apply them.

What is a damp proof course?

A damp-proof course (DPC) is a damp proofing treatment used to treat rising damp. Damp-proof courses can be repaired or installed with a few different methods but the most popular and well known is by chemical injection.
A damp-proof course is only effective against rising damp and will not help other damp problems such as condensation or penetrating damp, so Peter Cox would always recommend getting an accredited surveyor to develop a treatment plan before getting a damp-proof course installed. Rising damp is regularly misdiagnosed by untrained tradespeople resulting in needless and ineffective treatment.

How to stop condensation

If your property is damp because of condensation you are likely to see excess water on your windows and black mould on your walls and window frames. This condition is common in humid rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen where water vapour (steam) particularly prevalent.

Stopping condensation can be as simple as opening windows, keeping lids on boiling pots or shutting the door when having a bath or shower. That said, persistent condensation problems that cannot be shifted through lifestyle changes can be solved professionally with the installation of mechanical ventilation units - these can range from basic extractor fans through to positive input ventilation systems.

How to treat a damp basement or cellar

When it comes to damp proofing an underground space it is common to see the process referred to as waterproofing as opposed to damp proofing. This is because basement waterproofing systems are often very different from the systems used to treat damp problems above the ground.

Concrete tanking systems and waterproof membrane and drainage systems are common solutions for keeping a basement or cellar dry and these work by holding back or managing water ingress from earth retaining walls.

Signs of damp

If you spot peeling wallpaper, tide marks on your wall, bubbling plaster or paint, black mould or discoloured patches on your ceiling then the chances are your property needs some kind of damp proofing.

A wide-array of structural and plumbing problems can cause the symptoms listed above and a professional damp surveyor will be able to identify the source of the damp and recommend the appropriate solution. The links below will take you to pages where you can  get more information on the signs of damp and the variety of damp problems.

Do I need professional damp proofing?

Put simply, if damp problems are left to develop and worsen they can cause serious damage to your property. For this reason, we would always recommend that any damp proofing contractor you use is experienced and qualified for the job.

As the market leaders in property preservation, our damp proofing specialists provide all the assurances and security you require to know that your property is in safe hands with us. When you choose Peter Cox to work on your property you will benefit from:

  • Our 68 years of experience providing damp proofing solutions in all types of properties
  • Treatments backed by meaningful long term guarantees that others cannot match
  • The peace of mind that comes from knowing our services have been approved by an extensive list of trade bodies such as the PCA and Which? amongst others.
  • Fully qualified surveyors and technicians that have comprehensive local knowledge and understanding of different building types in the area.

What our customers say about damp proofing

It is clear to see that our customers are extremely happy with our damp proofing services. Take a look below to see what they have been saying about us on Trustpilot - one of the most trusted and respected review platforms in Britain.

Professional damp proofing

Damp problems vary in severity and it is often the case that our qualified damp proofing surveyors can simply offer some advice and guidance that will allow you to combat the problem yourself without any additional treatment necessary. On the other hand, damp can also create a variety of problems like staining and plaster damage and potentially develop into serious property problems like wood rot.

Contacting our damp proofing specialists means that you will understand the nature and severity of the problem, and if treatment is required then we can get started restoring your home back to its best. Give us a call on 0800 633 5712 to find out how we can help, or book a damp proofing survey today by clicking the button below.

Author: Richard Walker AIWSc CSRT CSSW

Richard is our National Technical and Development Manager and widely recongised as one of the nation's foremost experts in the field of damp proofing and diagnosis of damp and decay within properties. Richard frequently provides his damp proofing and property preservation insight for industry and trade journals and his CPD seminars are in high demand from property professionals across the country.

For more on Richard's qualifications in the damp industry you can see his profile page or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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