True Rising damp can be a problem in some types of buildings, however it can be misdiagnosed.
It is important that a qualified surveyor inspects the property in order to ascertain the source of damp. This could be caused by a number of reasons i.e. rising dampness, penetrating damp, a water leak or atmospheric condensation.
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The absence of an effective damp proof course, or breakdown to an existing damp proof course, can create numerous problems internally to a property. The most common being contamination of lower internal wall plaster due to water rising from the ground and depositing salts in the brickwork which are hygroscopic. That is to say, the salts attract moisture back into the plaster from the atmosphere. Fungal decay can also occur to adjacent timber joinery and flooring ￼ timbers. To determine the cause of dampness in your property contact us now on 0121 354 2094 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so as to arrange for our experienced surveyor to carry out a detailed inspection.
Subsequent to the inspection, a comprehensive report and estimate will be submitted detailing our findings and the appropriate remedial measures considered necessary to eradicate the problems. Chemical damp proofing has now established itself as being one of the most effective solutions.
It should be noted that when remedial chemical damp proofing is specified, the work is normally covered by a 20 year guarantee. An additional insurance backed guarantee can also be provided for an additional fee.
Damp and Defective Wall Plaster
If the wall plaster has become contaminated by hygroscopic ground salts, it will be necessary to remove and renew the defective internal wall plaster. This work can be carried out by our own experienced workforce, together with the repair or replacement of decayed skirting boards and timbers if required. An estimate can be provided for these works.
Buildings can be prone to problems brought about by penetration of moisture through neglect or lack of maintenance. Before any remedial measures internally are contemplated, it is essential to make the building watertight, and to ensure that the following external items are in a sound and ￼serviceable condition. Roof coverings, flashings, rainwater goods, brickwork and pointing, rendering, joinery and paintwork.
Is it condensation? If the dampness in a property does not appear to be due to any of the above defects, i.e. rising damp, penetrating damp or leaks, then the likely cause is atmospheric condensation. Condensation occurs mainly during cold weather, whether it is raining or dry, and it does not leave a ‘tidemark’. Mould appears on cold surfaces and in places where there is little movement of air for example in corners, on or near windows, in or behind wardrobes and cupboards particularly on north-facing walls. Life style and our climate are major factors in recent years contributing to condensation problems. Our company offers an advisory service on the causes of condensation and the necessary remedial measures required to avoid the problem in the future. A fee will be charged for this service if instructed with a full Report and Recommendations.