Damp Proofing Sevenoaks

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Damp Proofing Sevenoaks Kent (TN13): It's not simply the fact that damp problems look unattractive, they can also induce health issues and lead to dangerous structural damage. More serious problems can also be concealed by peeling wallpaper and patches of damp, and could cost thousands to fix if not dealt with immediately. If you think you might have such issues you need to get hold of a certified Sevenoaks damp proofing specialist to inspect your property, and come up with the most suitable damp proofing treatment for your home or business premises.

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In regards to dampness in Sevenoaks homes, there are essentially 3 main classifications:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

These three primary kinds of damp are described in greater detail in the following paragraphs, along with suggestions for prevention and resolution, if you should find them in your home in Sevenoaks.

PENETRATING DAMP

External factors that may cause penetrating damp include: cracks in brickwork, defective guttering, cavity wall problems and broken or loose roof tiles. Inside a building, overflowing sinks or bathtubs, burst or dripping pipes and cracked shower trays, can trigger penetrating damp. If water is allowed to continue soaking into the walls and woodwork, the obvious signs with time are going to be dark damp patches on walls, flaking paintwork and blistered or broken plaster.

If you have a leaking roof and it's been neglected for an extended period of time, it can cause wet rot in the timbers of your roof. Even though it's lucky that wet rot doesn't affect brickwork, in a worst case scenario, you may need a roof replacement (very expensive!) if your roof timbers become structurally unsound. If a black fungus appears on your woodwork and the roof timbers feel "spongy" to the touch, you may have the beginnings of wet rot.

Preventative maintenance can be fairly basic, such as cleaning and checking your roof and gutters for leaks, examining piping for leaks and repointing brickwork. A competent Sevenoaks damp proof specialist will check these areas to help prevent any future complications, as an element of fixing your dampness issues.

CONDENSATION

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Condensation is extremely easy to identify and is one of the most common forms of damp in many buildings in Sevenoaks. Minute droplets of water appear on cool surfaces when humid, warm air makes contact with them. Inadequate ventilation in areas with high humidity, for example in boiler rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, is the most common reason behind condensation.

Wiping up any droplets of water that form, and ensuring that you have adequate ventilation in the main trouble spots, are amongst the easiest answers to such problems. Redirecting moisture laden air to the outside of your property in Sevenoaks, by updating or installing cooker hoods, extractor fans and air bricks, will help you to resolve this issue.

A detailed damp proofing survey from a trusted Sevenoaks specialist might also find things which play a role in the problem by drawing in moist air from the outside. To successfully control condensation, airflow must be properly regulated. A knowledgeable Sevenoaks damp proofing technician will be more than happy to offer solutions and advice to accomplish this in your home.

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RISING DAMP

Homes constructed since 1875 in the United Kingdom have required a damp proof course or membrane to be installed as standard. You might not have a damp course on your property in Sevenoaks if it was built earlier than this. If your house was constructed after this year, but you are still experiencing rising damp, it might be that the DPM has been damaged.

If you believe that you may have rising damp, "tide marks" on walls, rotten or crumbling skirting boards and a white powdery deposit forming on walls or being discovered on floor surfaces, are fair indications that you might be right. It's plausible that you may have a rising damp problem if you've spotted one or more of these.

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The first step towards managing your problems with rising damp should simply be to check whether you've actually got a damp proof course on the outside walls of your property in Sevenoaks. For adequate protection it must be 150 millimetres (around six inches) above ground level. If this is not the case you may be able to dig the ground away to create this space, or if this is not plausible, you could install a higher damp proof membrane (DPM).

If your damp course is in order and the gap from the ground is not the explanation for the problem, moisture may be coming up through your floors and into your walls, which could be a more challenging issue.

Sevenoaks damp proofing professionals will swiftly be able to ascertain the cause of your rising damp issues, and employing a number of procedures will soon eliminate the problem. If you have a somewhat older home with no DPM or one that is damaged over a substantial area, a damp proof cream can be injected into your wall. This entails the drilling of holes at intervals into your wall's mortar course and the special cream injected with a nozzle to plug the spaces behind the brickwork.

If the damp proofing cream isn't appropriate, or the damage to your DPM is too extensive, a brand new damp proof course might need to be put in. Though this is of course a fairly drastic approach, it might be the best way to resolve your damp problems successfully.

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Another possible solution for smaller areas of membrane damage might include painting with a bitumen based, waterproof latex emulsion. As this will be applied beneath your current floor coverings, carpeting, tiles and laminate flooring must be lifted and put aside before this operation can begin. This is particularly effectual in basement areas as part of the tanking procedure to create a room that's watertight. Before the bitumen paint has completely dried out, your Sevenoaks damp proofing technician may recommend a layer of building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane), for further protection.

Tanking: The process of covering exposed surfaces in a waterproof paint in a below ground area such as a cellar is referred to as tanking. All plaster and wall coverings must be removed and the relevant surfaces properly prepared before any work begins, because this coating has to be applied on the base surface of floors and walls. Once this paint has been applied and dried, it's then the time to replaster the wall surfaces and decorate on top of it. You should invariably get more than one specialist opinion on whether this is really the only resolution to your damp problems, as this is a very disruptive process because it has to be applied to a whole basement level or ground floor of a property.

SOLVING DAMP PROBLEMS WITH DEHUMIDIFIERS

Dehumidifiers are an effective way to remove moisture from the air, hence for condensation problems they can help quite a bit. The fact that these gadgets simply hide the cause of the damp and not get rid of it, is the main downside with dehumidifier use. A certified damp proofing company in Sevenoaks will be delighted to offer advice on the best solution if you are experiencing mould or damp in any area of your home.

FINDING A DEPENDABLE DAMP PROOF EXPERT IN SEVENOAKS

As with just about any project, the most reliable recommendations for a local professional come from family and friends. Always obtain at least two or three different quotes from various companies, and if you have any doubts you can ask to look at qualifications and professional membership certificates, before signing up to any damp proof services.

Professional Sevenoaks damp proofing specialists ought to be members of either the Property Care Association or the Damp Proofing Association, or have qualifications from the CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) or the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB).

Membership of the DPA or PCA guarantees that your chosen damp proofing specialist is suitably qualified and has the appropriate experience to provide a top notch damp proofing service. Any damp proofing work carried out by one of their members is also guaranteed.

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Damp proofing can be done in Sevenoaks and also nearby in: Knockholt, Sundridge, Chipstead, Godden Green, Oldbury, Otford, Westerham, Halstead, Shipbourne, Kemsing, Brasted, Twitton, Ightham, Ide Hill, Shoreham, Cudham, Dunton Green, Stone Street, and in these postcodes TN13 1PE, TN13 1ER, TN13 1GF, TN13 1AU, TN13 1NR, TN13 1JJ, TN13 1NQ, TN13 1SY, TN13 1AH, TN13 1JB. Locally based Sevenoaks damp proofers will probably have the telephone code 01732 and the postcode TN13.

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There are a number of different tasks that can be undertaken by your local Sevenoaks damp proof specialist including damp proofing brickwork, timber treatments, cementitious tanking, chemical DPC injection Sevenoaks, damp treatments Sevenoaks, landlord damp proofing services, cavity wall construction, rising damp advice, solving mould problems, dry rot treatment, pressure grouting Sevenoaks, wet rot treatments in Sevenoaks, damp proof membranes in Sevenoaks, damp proofing injection cream treatments, efflorescence solutions, vapour barriers Sevenoaks, structural waterproofing Sevenoaks, timber preservation Sevenoaks, damp proofing services, commercial tanking Sevenoaks, plaster replacement, damp proofing a cellar, basement tanking in Sevenoaks, commercial damp proofing, damp proofing solutions in lofts, cavity wall tie replacement Sevenoaks, solving condensation problems, treatments for rising damp in Sevenoaks, and lots more.

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Households in Bullfinch Close, Bramble Lane, Cudham Lane South, Cudham Lane North, Thorndyke Way, Christies Avenue, Church Lane, Shoreham Place, Brookfield, Clock House Lane, Cackets Lane, Central Lodge, Clarks Lane, The Square, The Patch, Brakes Place, Dynes Road, Stanhope Way, The Moor Road, Shorehill Lane, Annetts Hall, Chevening Lane, Chancellor Way, Chestnut Lane, Beech Road, Durlings Orchard, Stoneings Lane, Ash Tree Drive, Courtwood Drive, have needed damp proofing recently. Waterproofing work also done in the following local Sevenoaks postcodes: TN13 1PE, TN13 1ER, TN13 1GF, TN13 1AU, TN13 1NR, TN13 1JJ, TN13 1NQ, TN13 1SY, TN13 1AH, TN13 1JB.

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