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Bedroom damp caused by poor air circulation

Left untreated, damp can be bad for both your health (the mould and spores can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma) and the health of your property: If any form of damp is left unchecked it can cause a number of potentially serious issues, including damage to decorated surfaces, or timber decay and even wet rot, which can lead to structural deterioration, and may necessitate major repair costs. More »

Penetrating damp in brickwork can cause major wall instabilities

Whether it’s damp proofing walls to prevent penetrating damp, treating rising damp, or dealing with condensation problems, damp proofing costs needn’t be prohibitive, though selecting the appropriate treatment will depend on the results of the damp survey. More »

Deep wall damp can be almost hidden behind plastering and wall paper

Penetrating damp: Once the source of the water ingress has been identified and repaired, treatments such as silicone water repellents, bitumen coatings, or a waterproof membrane can be applied to guard against future damp problems. More »

Brickwork affected by damp can cause serious problems for your home

Rising damp: Specialist creams are injected into the brickwork to form a waterproof barrier at the base of the wall; this will prevent water rising and penetrating into the building. Once the brickwork has dried out, the interior walls are re-plastered with plaster containing a waterproof additive. More »

 

Monthly Archives: May 2013

Basement Waterproofing Infographic – Information Guide

Renovating or just doing some home TLC this summer, we have put together an easy to understand infographic that looks at some essential basement waterproofing related facts as well as how flooding issues occur and how to solve the problem within your property.

For Basement Waterproofing Advice Call The Specialists

To find out more about Basement Waterproofing give our team of damp specialists a call on                0800 0193 022 for helpful advice or to arrange a survey.

Basement Waterproofing Infographic

Advice and tips to keep flood water out of your home

In this unexpected rainy season of spring the Damp Proofing Specialists have put together our list of Top Tips to help prevent flooding in your home. As statistically one in six properties in England and Wales are at risk of flooding its worthwhile spending a few minutes to find out what you can do to keep you and your home safe.

Flood defencesNo harm in preparing for the worst

You can never be too prepared for flooding. Preparation will save you time and money as well as potentially the distress of damage to your property.  It may be impossible to fully flood-proof your property, however, there are steps you can take to reduce the damage caused through flooding.  The most crucial piece of advice is to take action now rather than later if you at risk of flooding.

Are you at risk of flooding?

Its takes 5 minutes to check whether you are at risk of flooding. You may not be in direct risk of flooding from the river or the sea, but it is possible to be affected from surface or groundwater flooding. To find out information on whether you are at risk of flooding visit the Environment Agency website, www.environment-agency.gov.uk. The site is packed with useful flood information.

Top Tips to keep flood water out of your home:

  • Installing purpose-built flood boards when flooding is imminent as well as raising the door thresholds.
  • Ensuring the damp-proof brick courses are raised in addition to sealing floors via tanking to prevent rising water through the ground.
  • Investing in covers for air bricks which are specifically designed to be placed over ventilation bricks.
  • Installing non return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes to avoid backflow, reducing contamination of water through water infusion.

Further Help and Advice about Flooding.

To find out more information about flood prevention check out the Interactive Flood House on the Environment Agency website. Alternatively speak to one of our damp specialists on 0800 0193 022 or complete our general enquiries form online for help and advice and will contact to you as soon as possible.

Environment agency Interactive Flood House

Ways to Improve Air Quality through Home Ventilation

There has been recent talk about the effects of outdoor air pollution from numerous European government bodies, which sparked the question here at the Damp Proofing Specialists of what the effects are of air pollution indoors?

The Importance of Home Ventilation

You cannot underestimate the importance of air quality and ventilation within properties, whether it be at work or home  issues with air quality tend to go undetected due to the lack of overall awareness of the situation.

There have been some improvements that have been put in place through certain building regulations by the British Standards for Construction. These regulations enforce certain air quality and ventilation guidelines. Most problems of poor ventilation within older properties are as a result of everyday living and may need more ventilation depending of the cause of the air pollution.

Mould Growth

Toxins Within Properties

In addition to poor ventilated properties causing damp issues there are also concerns surrounding toxic chemicals that are found within most households polluting the air within buildings. Toxins find there way into properties via common things such as cleaning products, smoking indoors, furniture and flooring and even pets.

If properties are not ventilated properly dampness and toxins can build up, this can result in damp issues (such as condensation) and the development of mould on interior wall surfaces. Gradually over time, mould stimulates the growth of the fungi, which is found as green and black coloured spots which will gather in clusters on walls and other soft furnishings. Therefore creating a health hazard for occupants of the property, especially those who suffer with asthma as the damp, mouldy conditions will exaggerate the problem. To help people improve the ventilation in your home and sustain a good quality of air we have compiled our list of the top 7 things you can do to keep the air fresh in your home.

Top Tips For Home Ventilation

  1. Carry out spring cleaning by regularly dusting and vacuuming as well as making sure to be changing or emptying the vacuum filter.
  2. Avoid using toxic products (these can be found in some aerosols) , try natural cleaning products for cleaning around the house.
  3. Toxins may also be found in cheaper furniture containing MDF or chipboard.
  4. Try and open windows when possible and keep a few indoor plants, the power of nature may surprise you! For more advice on which plants to keep look here
  5. Make use of extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms to prevent condensation.
  6. Prevent overheating your home as this can promote growth of mould and circulate stale air.
  7. Last but not the least; prevent any smokers from smoking indoors.

In conclusion, air quality within a home can be easily forgotten and underestimated but by following a few hints and tips you can improve the environment you live in.

Ventilation Systems to Improve Air Quality

Ventilation Solutions

At the Damp Proofing Specialists we offer a range of systems and products to improve ventilation and air quality with your property. With a range of ventilation systems to suit your house, a positive pressure system and a super value mould removal kit to remove and prevent mould growth.

 

 

 

 

Further Help and Advice

To find out more about ventilation give our team of damp specialists a call on 0800 0193 022 or complete our general enquiries form online for help and advice and will contact to you as soon as possible.

Condensation Infographic – Information Guide

To get us prepared for the wet spring ahead, we have put together an easy to understand infographic that looks at some fundamental condensation related facts as well as how to identify if you have a condensation problem within your property.

For Condensation Advice Call The Specialists

To find out more about Condensation give our team of damp specialists a call on 0800 0193 022 for helpful advice or to arrange a survey.

 

Condensation Infographic

What is Chemical Damp Proofing?

There are a number of solutions for damp issues – the solutions depend though on what kind of damp issue the property is affected by. In most cases though where rising damp has been diagnosed there may be a need to install a new damp proof course. Following on from of our previous blog post on Electro Osmotic Damp Proofing, we now take a look at a different method of installing a damp proof course (or DPC)  –  chemical damp proofing.

What is chemical damp proofing?

Chemical damp proofing refers to the injection of a damp proof course using a damp proof cream as opposed to a physical damp proof course. Our product, known as Driwise, cures within the masonry wall to develop an impervious shield to rising dampness, this prevents moisture coming up from the ground into the cured walls. Adjoining abutting walls can also be isolated by applying a vertical damp proof course.

How is a chemical damp proof course installed?

Installing a chemical damp proof course

Installing a chemical damp proof course

The cream is injected directly into the affected wall. Having drilled a line of small, clean holes placed above ground level the holes are then filled with the Driwise solution using a low pressure injection method as can be seen in the photo to the left.

Once installed, the cream uses the moisture in the damp wall to diffuse before curing to form a water-repellent resin. It is a considerably faster acting system, requiring no solvent or water to enable injection to proceed.

Installation has minimal preparation and application time, resulting in minimal disruption to the occupants of any property as well as ensuring peace of mind and a satisfied customer.

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What are the benefits of chemical damp proofing?

A completed chemical damp proof course

A completed chemical damp proof course

  •  A considerably faster acting system than other damp proofing methods, requiring no solvent or water.
  • Offers a higher degree of protection against rising damp than the old fluid injection systems that it is designed to replace.
  • A simple installation with minimum disturbance to the property
  •  Not injected under pressure, making it a low hazard, cleaner and safer solution to use than conventional chemical injection systems.
  • Non-caustic and non-flammable without spillage.
  • Odourless
  • Long-term guarantee.

To find out more about chemical damp proofing and rising damp contact our team of damp specialists a call on 0800 0193 022.

Warrington Team provide Damp Proofing Solution

Our damp proofing specialists from Cheshire were recently called upon to install a damp proofing solution for a project in Warrington. The property, which is in the process of being converted to residential flats, was undergoing major refurbishment when a survey highlighted issues with dampness on the ground floor. Once our specialists had carried out an extensive survey the issue was identified as rising damp with confirmation of this from the instrumental readings from profiling the walls with a moisture meter. The property also had soluble salt contamination and many walls within the property were affected by rising damp as the original damp proof course had clearly failed in places.

Timberwise Damp Proofing Team

Damp Proofing Solutions By The Specialists

INstalling a chemical damp proof courseTo solve the dampness problems our Damp Proofing Specialist recommended an installation of a chemical damp proof  course on the ground floor of the property. In addition to the existing wall plaster being removed to a height of around 1 meter. The wall was then re-plastered with salt resistant plaster by our technicians.  The re-plastering is vital to prevent any future problems with hygroscopic salts spoiling the plaster work and decoration.

For Further Help and Advice From Our Specialist Team

To find out more about rising damp give our team of damp specialists a call on 0800 0193 022  or to arrange a survey why not complete our damp survey request form and we will contact you directly to arrange a damp survey.