Damp Proofing Barnstaple

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Damp Proofing Barnstaple Devon (EX31): Problems with damp in your home in Barnstaple not just look unsightly, but they can lead to serious structural and health issues too. Costing thousands to fix if not solved quickly, more serious issues may be concealed under flaking paintwork, patches of damp and peeling wallpaper. It is much more cost effective in the long run to contact a competent Barnstaple damp proofing company to examine your home, and provide a complete damp proofing remedy for your dwelling.

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In Barnstaple buildings there are three principal problem areas of how damp can affect your property:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp


The next article describes what causes such problems with damp in Barnstaple, and the various techniques for avoiding and solving them.


Issues like cracks in brickwork, damaged guttering, cracked roof tiles and cavity wall issues are external factors of penetrating damp. Inside a structure, burst or leaky pipes, overflowing basins or bathtubs and cracked shower trays, can contribute to penetrating damp. If left unresolved, peeling paintwork, blistered or broken plaster and damp dark patches on walls, will be the obvious results of water soaking into the walls and woodwork.

Wet rot can occur in your roof timbers if you've got a leaking roof that is neglected over a long period of time. While it is fortunate that wet rot doesn't affect brickwork, in the worst outcome, you may need to replace the entire roof if your roof timbers become structurally unsound. If a black fungus starts to appear on your woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to the touch, you could have problems with wet rot.

The measures for prevention can be quite basic, for instance cleaning and checking your roof and gutters for leaks, repointing dodgy brickwork and examining pipes for leaks. If you employ the expert services of a competent Barnstaple damp proofing specialist, they will check all these elements as part of your all round damp proofing package.


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A common form of damp in many houses in Barnstaple, condensation is super easy to spot. When warm, moist air makes contact with cooler surfaces, droplets of water swiftly appear. In places with high humidity, as in: bathrooms, kitchens and boiler rooms, it arises because of inadequate ventilation.

Wiping away any droplets of water that form, and making certain that there is enough ventilation in the main trouble spots, are amongst the most basic answers to such issues. Redirecting moisture laden air to the outside of your home in Barnstaple, by installing or upgrading extractor fans, cooker hoods and air bricks, will help you to eliminate this problem.

The most effective way to establish the key factors that play a role in the situation, is to get a detailed damp proofing survey done by a professional Barnstaple company. In some cases damp air can be drawn in from outside, simply making matters even worse. Airflow must be regulated properly to successfully minimise condensation problems, and a knowledgeable damp proofing technician will give advice and offer solutions on this question.

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Homes constructed since 1875 in the United Kingdom have required a damp proof course to be installed as standard. You may not have a damp course on your home or property in Barnstaple if it was built earlier than this. If you are experiencing rising damp in a house constructed after this period it's possible your damp proof membrane has been damaged in some way.

If you think that you might have rising damp in your home, white powdery deposits being discovered on floor surfaces or appearing on walls, "tide marks" on walls and crumbling or rotten skirting boards, are fair signs that you may be correct. Whilst the existence of these is not conclusive, they are all indications of rising damp problems.

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Simply checking your home's exterior walls to see if you've got a DPM can be one step towards fixing your rising damp problems. It ought to be 150mm (around 6") above the level of the ground for satisfactory protection. Where you find this gap does not exist, you can dig away the ground to increase it, or if this process is not plausible, a higher damp proof membrane (DPM) will have to be installed.

If this isn't the cause of the problem and your DPM is in order, there could be more challenging issues to deal with caused by the moisture coming up from the ground beneath, up through your flooring, and into your walls.

Using a variety of methods, damp proofing specialists in Barnstaple can quickly identify and eliminate rising damp issues. Older homes which either have no damp proof membrane, or have a compromised one that's damaged over an extensive area, can have a damp proofing cream (such as Permaguard) injected into the exterior walls. This involves drilling holes at evenly spaced intervals into your brickwork and the cream injected with a special nozzle to fill the gaps behind the brickwork.

If the damp proofing cream treatment is not suitable, or the damage is too extensive to your membrane, a brand new damp proof course might need to be installed. Though this is of course a fairly drastic approach, it might be the only way to remedy your rising damp problems successfully.

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Another possible remedy for smaller areas of damage could include painting on a layer a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion. Tiles, carpets or laminate flooring will need to be lifted prior to work being undertaken, because it's applied beneath your existing floor coverings. This is especially effective in cellar areas as a part of the "tanking" procedure to make a room which is watertight. Before the bitumen coating has completely dried out, your Barnstaple damp proofing technician may advise a layer of building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane), for further protection.

Tanking: In cellars and below ground areas of a property, "tanking" is the process where exposed surfaces are painted with a waterproof coating. Because this coating must be applied on the bare surfaces of floors and walls, all plaster and wall covering must be taken off before any work can begin, and all surfaces correctly prepared. As soon as this paint has been put on, it should be permitted to dry thoroughly before replastering any walls and decorating over it. This is an incredibly disruptive process as it must be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a building, and it is wise to obtain more than one expert opinion on whether this is the only remedy for your rising damp problems.


Problems with condensation can certainly be improved by the use of dehumidifiers, which are an effective way to remove moisture from the air. The fact that they only alleviate the cause of the damp and don't cure it, is the main downside with the use of dehumidifiers. A professional damp proofing company in Barnstaple will be able to advise on possible solutions if you're suffering from mould or damp in any part of your house.


Friends and relatives should invariably be the first port of call when you're looking for recommendations and testimonials for local specialists. Always obtain at least two or three different quotes from various companies, and if you've got any doubts you can ask to see evidence of qualifications and professional membership certificates, before employing any damp proofing services.

Look for qualifications and membership from bodies such as the Damp Proofing Association or the PCA (Property Care Association), or contractors holding the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB) or the CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) accreditations.

If your selected Barnstaple damp proofing specialists are members of the DPA or PCA they will be well qualified and have acquired the necessary experience to offer you a top notch service for your damp proofing problems. Such memberships also means there are guarantees for any remedial work undertaken.

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Damp proofing can be carried out in Barnstaple and also in nearby places like: Bishops Tawton, Lydacott, Shirwell, Umberleigh, Goodleigh, Roundswell, Strangeways, Swimbridge, Fremington, Whiddon Valley, Landkey, Sticklepath, Tawstock, Ashford, Miles Platting, and in these postcodes EX31 1HE, EX31 1PT, EX31 1PB, EX31 1BL, EX31 1JB, EX31 1NY, EX31 1PW, EX31 1SE, EX31 1QA, EX31 1EW. Locally based Barnstaple damp proof specialists will most likely have the postcode EX31 and the telephone code 01271.

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There are a number of different tasks that can be undertaken by your local Barnstaple damp proofing specialist including mould treatments, damp surveys Barnstaple, damp proofing services, basement tanking, flood defence Barnstaple, dry rot treatments, damp proofing brickwork, wet rot treatments Barnstaple, damp proofing assessments, property surveys, damp proofing a garage, efflorescence treatments, damp control, black mould treatments, woodworm treatment, damp proofing concrete floors in Barnstaple, damp treatments, rendering repairs Barnstaple, damp proofing floors in Barnstaple, basement damp proofing in Barnstaple, cavity wall construction, leak detection Barnstaple, commercial tanking, residential damp proofing, pressure grouting in Barnstaple, rising damp treatment, chemical DPC injection, timber treatments in Barnstaple, and lots more.

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Throughout Devon you will be able to find damp proofing specialists who'll provide various solutions for your damp issues. If you can't find the ideal damp proofing specialist in Barnstaple itself then you will surely be able to find one close by.

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Latest Devon damp proofing requirements: Aaminah Quinn recently enquired about the possibility of resolving condensation and damp issues in Bradworthy. Isha Norris recently enquired about getting a price for eliminating condensation and damp issues in a cottage in Heanton Punchardon. Neil Prentice recently enquired about damp proofing a conservatory in a cottage in Dolton. Johnny Oneill and Agnes Oneill recently enquired about getting a price for solving damp problems in Ivybridge, Devon. Mr and Mrs Feeney recently enquired about getting a price for solving damp problems in a terraced house in Malborough. Bradley Barr and Gracie-Mai Barr recently enquired about the possibility of eliminating mould and condensation problems in a kitchen in a terraced house in Christow, Devon. Eloise and Sidney Sinclair recently enquired about getting a price for resolving damp and condensation issues in Pinhoe, Devon. Ayra Cheshire recently asked for a price quote for solving damp problems in Tavistock, Devon.


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Some Barnstaple areas and roads where damp proofing work has recently been done - Alscott Gardens, Broadgate Close, Sandford Close, Chipmunk Walk, Church Meadow, Deer Wood View, Coombe Close, Church Grove, St Katherines Close, The Rock, Taw View Terrace, Stoat Park, Bedford Row, The Terrace, Ballards Way, Cedars Park, Signal Terrace, Azes Lane, Trinity Place, Treefield Walk, Cross Park Crescent, St Peters Terrace, Bishops Tawton Road, Sunny Bank, Theatre Lane, Speedwell Close, Broady Strap, Chichester Road, Convent Close, Spitfire Walk, as well as these local Barnstaple postcodes: EX31 1HE, EX31 1PT, EX31 1PB, EX31 1BL, EX31 1JB, EX31 1NY, EX31 1PW, EX31 1SE, EX31 1QA, EX31 1EW.

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