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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 »

 

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Customer Reviews

At Damp Proofing Specialists we welcome our clients to provide feedback of their experience and services they have received. This allows us to improve our level of service standards. Below are a couple of the customer reviews given from our clients to HQ at the Damp Proofing Specialists that we would like to proudly share.

Feedback from a satisfied Damp Proofing Customer

 

Feedback from a satisfied Damp Proofing Customer

To join our list of satisfied customers from the Damp Proofing Specialists contact our Damp Proofing Specialist on 0800 0193 022 – We look forward to helping you with your damp woes!

 

What is involved with a damp survey?

It is highly common for damp issues to go unnoticed for property owners, as in most cases it is only picked up on when the issue worsens or the property is being put on the market. In which case, a damp survey is required on instructions from either the buyer of the property or the mortgage lender.

Timberwise, the Damp Proofing Specialists, can provide clients with damp surveys and a thorough report on the findings within the property, specifying recommendations to amend or alleviate the causes of dampness within the property.

What a Damp Survey consists of…

External Inspection during a damp survey The damp survey will take into consideration external observation such as the chimney stack, the roof, flashing’s and rain water goods. In addition to the orientation of the property, conditions of the external woodwork (windows and door etc.) and the drainage and sub-floor ventilation would also be taken into account.

Once the exterior inspection is carried out the internal inspection is carried out. Inspection of the roof for any defects within the roof coverings will carried out in case of any leaks as well as checking if bats are in residence. Bats are a protected species and are not to be disturbed.

Internal Inspection during a damp survey

Following through to the first and ground level floors of the property, examining the walls, plaster, skirting and timbers for dampness, in addition to floor timbers where accessible. Ordinarily floor timbers are not usually lifted however if they are loose they may be lifted. In order for easy access for the specialists, it is advised that areas that are the subject of concern are made accessible and that, where possible, furniture and carpets are removed ahead of the surveyors visit to the property.

In addition, inspection of timbers on staircases and any kind of visible evidence of timber dampness will also be reported on. External joinery will not usually be inspected. Once internal and external observations are taken, a feedback report will be produced incorporating any general building defects that may also affect internal timbers. If the property has a basement or cellar with access, this also will be inspected.

Why choose the Damp Proofing Specialists?

Is it vital when carrying out a damp on a property that any damp issue is correctly identified to provide a suitable remedial treatments. As a result it is essential that the surveyor carrying out the inspection is experienced and qualified. As Timberwise, the Damp Proofing Specialists, are members of the PCA (Property Care Association), we can provide our clients with the reassurance that our qualified surveyors are some of the most experienced in the property care industry.

Qualified Surveyor Profiling a Wall during a damp survey

Surveyor’s can often mistake condensation and penetrating damp for rising damp, which can result in unnecessary remedial treatments. Therefore, appointing a qualified surveyor may also help save money!

For more information about damp issues within your property 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.

Damp Proofing Guarantees

All damp proofing work carried out by our Damp Specialists can also be protected with our long-term guarantees – giving you peace of mind your property is covered should the damp proofing fail (terms and conditions apply).

Damp Proofing Specialist Guarantees

We offer long term guarantees for the following work (unless detailed otherwise in your report)

  • Damp proof coursing – 20 year guarantee
  • Waterproofing – 10 year guarantee

Insurance Backed Guarantees

Guarantee Protection InsuranceThe GPT (Guarantee Protection Trust) is an  independent company, formed by the BWPDA members to provide fair, clear insured guarantees, (GPI – Guarantee Protection Insurance). Covering property owners from inefficient treatment guarantees that may be available in the market place. The Damp Proofing Specialists can also provide insurance backed guarantees for the following:

  • Damp proof coursing – 20 year guarantee
  • Waterproofing – 10 year guarantee

Further information on guarantees from GPI can be found here.

The PCA Promise

The Property Care AssociationOur clients can also benefit from having extra protection with the Property Care Association (PCA). The “PCA Promise”, a new guarantee scheme, is a completely new form of warranty which covers damp proofing treatments and structural waterproofing works in progress.

This warranty under the PCA includes cover for any current work in progress and deposits. As well as NO additional costs for our clients in the event that the unimaginable happens and the Damp Proofing Specialists, Timberwise, cease to exist, consequently another PCA contractor will finish the work to the original specification at NO added cost.

Guarantee Claims

In the event that you feel that our remedial treatments were ineffective for whatever reason and it is under guarantee, simply contact your local Timberwise  office, which can be found on your report. To be able to make a Guarantee Claim you must have the original report and associated paperwork.

Further Information on Guarantees

Damp Proofing Specialists Guarantees: If you have any questions please contact guarantees@timberwise.co.uk.

Guarantee Protection Trust Guarantees: If you have any queries surrounding insurance backed guarantees please contact GPT on info@gptprotection.co.uk

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.