Damp Proofing in Medway
Have you been looking for damp proofing in Medway? The aim of Damp Proofing in Medway is to provide specialist damp and timber surveys, reports and/or quotes in addition to information and recommendations on how to cure rising damp, beetle infestation (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation. We carry out timber treatments and damp-proofing for home-owners, property managers, building contractors, property developers, owners of industrial premises and local housing associations. Along with undertaking specialist damp-proofing and timber treatments, additionally we provide damp and timber surveys for pre-purchase & re-mortgage needs when dampness & timber faults have been listed in the home-buyers survey report.
Free surveys and plain English reports are addressed quickly and proficiently. You’ll find that our care and commitment to your solution is apparent from survey to completion.
We guarantee all work tackled, and can also provide underwritten guarantees that are associated with the exact property, not the owner.
They are automatically transferable upon future sale of the property without any administrative requirement.
Dampness in your home may be broken down into 3 main categories;
- Rising Damp
- Penetrating Damp
- Structural Damp
What is Rising Damp?
Rising Damp occurs in structures when water from the ground rises up through the bricks and mortar of a building by capillary actions, in the same way that a sponge or cloth will take up water from the floorboards.
How do I determine if I have Rising Damp?
As a home owner you can use specific visual and touch signs to help identify rising damp. The common indicators include:
• Wallpapers coming off or peeling from the wall surface
• Damp patches and staining approximately 1 metre up a wall from the flooring
• Tide marks on the wall surfaces up to 1 metre attributable to evaporation and salts from the ground.
• Decayed skirting boards
Rain penetration (more well known as penetrating damp) is a common form of dampness in homes. It can develop through walls, rooftops or openings like window reveals. Water will commonly go into the external envelope of a building and travel inside.
Common causes of penetrating damp include:
- Roofing defects such as defective flashing, broken or lost slates or tiles.
- Faults in brickwork or masonry, damaged pointing, porous bricks etc.
- Missing or defective mastic around windows and doors.
- To receive professional guidance on your ways to take care of structural damp in your home book a no-obligation survey.
Condensation isn’t just a nuisance, if ignored it can lead to significant problems to the occupants, the furniture, the decoration and the very structure of a building. Condensation on windows usually results in quicker rot to the lower areas of window casings, condensation on walls and ceilings causes mould and damage to to the plaster, condensation on the undersides of roof surfaces can result in rot and decay in the loft space. Damp properties are more expensive to heat and spores from mould can lead to medical problems. How to stop condensation is an important question.
Condensation In Buildings
Condensation in buildings stems from water vapour in the air cooling and precipitating into water in cool sections of the property or on cold surfaces such as windows. All occupied properties will contain water vapour, it comes from our food preparation, bathing and respiration.
Buildings with poorly insulated walls and bad ventilation are particularly prone to this issue. It often triggers damage in a building comparable to penetrating or rising damp and it frequently would seem in the same places. Condensation is the biggest trigger of mould in properties.
How to Stop Condensation
Condensation is normally part of a complicated damp house problem and might be the result of various factors. Condensation at the bottom of external walls is often mistaken for rising damp and costly damp proofing will not deal with this problem. The first step is to get expert advice and adequately understand cause and magnitude of the damp problem, and to help with this we offer a no-obligation damp survey. One of our qualified surveyors will visit your property and provide an independent assessment of the damp problem. We asses the overall damp problem and propose a guaranteed solution together with a no-obligation quote for undertaking the job. Often the solution is a Dry Air ventilation system.
Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building. A large percentage of damp problems in buildings are caused by condensation, rain penetration or rising damp.
Effects of Structural Damp
Dampness is likely to do secondary damage to a building. The unwanted moisture enables the growth of various fungi in wood, causing rot or mould, these can lead to health concerns and will inevitably lead to ‘sick building syndrome’.
Common effects of structural damp include:
Plaster and paint deteriorate
Wallpaper becomes loose
Staining from water, salts and mould mark surfaces
Concentrations of airborne mould that after inhaled can lead to serious health effects on humans and pets
External mortar and brickwork may crumble
Indoor air quality may become very poor which in turn may cause respiratory sickness in occupants
Excess moisture leads to growth of microorganisms such as mould, fungi and bacteria which subsequently emit spores, cells and volatile organic compound in to the indoor air.
To get expert advice on how to address structural damp in your building book a no-obligation survey
You may not realise that you’ve got a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is crucial before they trigger more damage.
Different wood boring pests prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to distinguish what kind of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Whatever the species, all of them will leave several signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
There are various tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation. They include:
- Small rounded exit holes within your woodwork, much like the holes in a dart board.
- Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is called frass).
- Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
- Tunnels throughout the timber
- Weak and broken wood or flooring.
- Adult woodworm beetles surfacing from holes in the timber.
- Dead beetles near a suspected woodworm infestation or on window sills.
Contact Kent County Plastering, Rendering, Timber And Damp
We carry out significant preservation works for homes at critical risk from damp, decay and can also quote on problems taking place in your house. As Medway’s best rated Damp Proofing company we pride ourselves on delivering fantastic support. When you contact us for an appointment we’ll provide you with a specific time and day that’s mutually convenient. Look no further than Kent County Plastering, Rendering, Timber And Damp when you need peace of mind when commissioning damp proofing in Medway.