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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 2014

Vapour Barrier Membrane System

As we enter the summer season, many homes are slowly recovering from the flooding that hit the UK. With many homes left with failed damp proofing courses, flooded basements and potential damp and mould growth within the properties, only over time can the property dry out completely. Our Damp proofing specialists are here to lend a helping hand in this stressful time, repairing the damaged caused from the extreme weather conditions.

Our specialists look specifically into helping properties avoid secondary flooding by providing a long term damp proofing solution for your property –  this enables the property to dry out naturally without effecting interior decoration. In the long term this can prevent problems such as mould growth and rotting of the structural timbers.

Vapour Barrier Membrane

One of the ways in which a surveyor can allow for a property to dry our naturally is to install a vapour barrier membrane system. Initially the damp walls may be dried out using an industrial fan at the time of the flooding, however this may not guarantee that the wall is completely dry all the way through. With the vapour barrier membrane system, this can be installed on the damp wall which allows air to the damp wall to dry out progressively without spoiling interior decoration by creating a gap between the wall and the plaster board. This allows the occupant to redecorate on the interior walls without the worry of damp coming through.

Our Damp Proofing Specialists deal with properties that suffer from damp on a daily basis, with over 45 years’ experience and knowledge at their disposal, they are able to survey the property to determine the type of dampness the property may be suffering from. From the findings of the survey, our specialists are then able to recommend the best solution for the dampness problem or a solution to alleviate a condensation issue.

Our damp proofing specialist

The surveyor will specifically search for moisture ingress within the property that has been affected by the floods. Inspecting the walls, masonry and timber flooring using a Protimeter, this enables the surveyor to investigate if there is a high level of moisture and if so the best way to remediate the problem. If the moisture content is too high the wall, masonry and structural timbers can be prone to timber decay, damp and mould. The surveyor can also take samples of contaminated plaster to determine if the plaster has been effected by hygroscopic salts from carrying out a speedy carbonate test. In the event the plaster is contaminated with salts the wall needs to be re-plastered to remove the hygroscopic salts to prevent further moisture entering the walls.

If you suspect you have a damp problem as a result of the floods, speak to one our specialists on 0800 0193 022 or alternatively fill out our online survey request form