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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Signs of damp can vary from property to property. Learn more about the common signs of damp and what to look out for.
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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.
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