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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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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.

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!

 

Damp proofing treatments and solutions

Before considering an damp proofing treatment, it is most important that the source of the dampness and the type of damp problem are correctly diagnosed. Is the dampness caused by penetrating damp, rising damp or condensation? If the diagnosis is incorrect than the treatment specified to rectify the problem is also likely to be wrong. This will lead to a continuation of the problem and wasted money in the form of inappropriate damp treatments.

Damp proofing treatments from the professionals

If you have concerns that your property has an issue with damp the best advice is to arrange a survey from a reputable company as the first step in identifying and rectifying the damp problem. Timberwise have qualified and experienced damp surveyors across the UK. Our surveyors are experts in their field and can identify various damp problems and specify the the most appropriate solution to treat the damp issue for you and your property.

Damp on an interior wall

The Timberwise approach to damp proofing

Our trained surveyors will:

– Firstly identify the type of damp problem and the extent of the issue

– Determine the cause of the dampness through locating, repairing and ultimately removing the source of moisture

– Provide a written report proposing the damp proofing solution required to relieve the problem

– Advise on further steps that may be required to make the property damp free

– Leave the property in a clean and safe condition

Damp proofing works carried out by Timberwise also benefit from a long term company guarantee as well as an optional insurance backed guarantee.

For further damp proofing advice

If you suspect that your property may have an issue with damp call Timberwise on 0800 0193 022 for friendly, helpful advice. Alternatively  complete our request a survey form and we will contact you directly to arrange a damp survey. With over 45 years experience in damp proofing we can help banish your damp problem for good!