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Top Tips for Damp Proofing

Peeling wallpaper with black spot mouldHave you noticed the wall paper peeling off or the paint work flaking off walls at home, or even damp patches on external walls? Not to worry, The Damp Proofing Specialists are here to help with their tell-tales signs for damp and ways to prevent it.

If you do notice a damp issue within your property, it is better to deal with it sooner rather than later, as the issue will only get worse if ignored. Damp can not not only damage the aesthetics of interior decoration within the property but also the structural integrity, leading to much more costly and time-consuming repairs.

There can be various reasons behind a damp problem and it is essential to identify the correct source of the problem, in order to provide a suitable damp treatment for the property. It may be rising damp, penetrating damp or dampness through condensation.

Signs of dampness to look out for

Checking external wall for damp

In the event that you may already have a damp proof course installed yet the property is still suffering from damp issues, it may be due to something preventing the damp proof course from doing its job of keeping the moisture out of the property. To check if you have an existing damp proof course, look out for a line of a damp proof course several inches above ground level on exterior walls. The damp proof course may be physical damp proof course (such as a membrane) or a chemical damp proof course – this can usually be identified by visible drill holes.   If the path, patio or garden is higher than the damp proof course, however there is a possibility the damp proof course will be ineffective.

One other possible source of damp is a weakened structure of the property such as, deteriorated pointing or cracked rendering or even perhaps the brick work. As over time the bricks can become porous, allowing dampness into the property.

Other frequent causes for damp consist of missing or clogged guttering and drainpipes, missing or loose flashing or loose roof tiles. Flat rooftops can likewise result in leaks and damp as they only become waterproof if correctly sealed.

Ways to prevent damp problems on brickwork

To prevent brickwork from becoming porous there are liquid sealants available to apply on to the exterior brickwork and should only be applied when the brick work is dry. This will allow the bricks to remain dry and enable the property to keep in the heat.

There are also liquid seals for internal walls that can prevent damp from entering the property, however these are only effective on walls that are not below ground level and only effective once the initial cause of the damp problem has been dealt with. Before painting liquid seals onto internal walls, the wall must be stripped off from any wallpaper or flaking paint and must be thoroughly cleaned, free from any moulds. Moulds can be removed with a mould eradication kit.

Mould and eradiction kit

To help with the removal of mould in properties The Damp Proofing Specialists can offer a super value mould removal kit to remove mould and prevent mould growth coming back. The kit is available to purchase on-line for £36.95 inc VAT and delivery.

Further Help and Advice

To find out more about mould and damp 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.