Damp Proofing Alton Hampshire (GU34): Problems with damp in your home in Alton not just look unappealing, but they can also cause dangerous health and structural problems too. Costing thousands to fix if not resolved quickly, more serious issues can easily be concealed under flaking paintwork, peeling wallpaper and damp patches. It's far more cost effective in the long term to contact a competent Alton damp proofing company to inspect your home, and provide a complete damp proofing remedy for your property.
Essentially, with regards to damp in the home there are 3 significant problem areas:
• Penetrating Damp
• Rising Damp
These three key kinds of damp are described in greater detail in this article, along with tips on prevention and resolution, if you happen to discover them in your property in Alton.
Issues like broken roof tiles, cavity wall issues, unsound brickwork and defective guttering are commonplace external factors that can cause penetrating damp in your home. Inside, it can be triggered by cracked shower trays, leaky or burst pipes and overflowing basins or bathtubs. If left uncontrolled, damp dark patches on walls, blistered or broken plaster and flaking or bubbling paintwork, will be the visible outcome of water seeping into the walls and woodwork.
Wet rot can arise in your roof timbers if you've got a leaking roof which is been neglected over a long period of time. Even though it cannot spread into the brickwork, wet rot can cause the timber in your roof to become structurally unsafe, and in a worst case scenario you may even need to get a new roof - extremely expensive! If black fungus starts to appear on your woodwork and the roof timbers feel "spongy" to touch, you might have problems with wet rot.
The means of prevention can be quite basic, for example cleaning and checking your roof and rain gutters for leaks, repointing dodgy brickwork and inspecting piping for leaks. As part of an overall damp proofing package, your local Alton damp proofing specialist will check all of these aspects.
Super easy to spot and a contributing factor to damp in many Alton homes, condensation is very common. Droplets of water appear on cooler surfaces when moist, warm air makes contact with them. It often manifests because of inadequate ventilation in places where high humidity is present, i.e. bathrooms, kitchens and boiler rooms.
To avoid condensation issues, easy solutions include making sure you've got adequate ventilation in the worst affected areas, and wiping away any water droplets the moment they form. The necessary steps may require the upgrading or installation of extractor fans, air bricks and cooker hoods, with the intention of redirecting humid air outside of your home in Alton.
The best way to identify the main things that give rise to the problem, is to have an in-depth damp proofing survey carried out by a professional Alton damp proofing company. Occasionally moist air can be drawn in from outside, simply making matters worse. To adequately control condensation problems, airflow has to be regulated properly. An experienced Alton damp proofing specialist will gladly offer advice and solutions in regards to this.
A damp proof course has been installed as standard on houses built in the United Kingdom since 1875. It's perfectly possible that you may not have one fitted if your home or property in Alton was built in the years before this. If your home was constructed after this year, but you are still experiencing rising damp, it could be that your damp proof course or membrane has been damaged.
Rising damp can be difficult to distinguish, but some things to look for are; tide marks on walls, rotten or crumbling skirtings and white powdery deposits forming on walls or being discovered on floor surfaces. Whilst the existence of one or more of these isn't conclusive, they're all clear indicators of rising damp issues.
Remedying rising damp issues can be as simple as checking your home's exterior walls and seeing if you can spot a DPM. For satisfactory protection it should be 150 millimetres (around six inches) above ground level. Where you find this space does not exist, you could dig the earth away to increase it, or if this approach is not possible, a higher damp proof membrane will need to be put in.
You might have more challenging issues if you learn that your damp course is fine, and it could be that the damp is rising from the ground, up through your flooring, and into your property's walls, which is going to be an even more disturbing scenario.
Using a number of methods, damp proofing specialists in Alton can quickly detect and resolve your rising damp problems. A damp proofing cream (such as Permaguard) can be carefully injected into your walls if you've got a somewhat older house with no damp proof membrane, or one that's damaged over a wide area. This calls for the drilling of holes at intervals into your wall's mortar course and the cream injected with a special nozzle to plug the spaces behind the brickwork down to beneath ground level.
In cases where damp proofing injection cream isn't a suitable treatment, or when the damp course membrane is extensively damaged, installing a brand new damp proof course may be neccessary. Regrettably this is taking repair work to the extreme, but it may be the only solution to your rising damp problems.
For smaller areas of membrane damage, another possible option could be to coat with a bitumen based, waterproof latex emulsion paint. This is applied beneath your floor coverings, so wooden flooring, tiles and carpets will need to be lifted prior to work being done. In cellar areas this is an especially effectual treatment, and will form an integral part of the "tanking" procedure that is used to make spaces watertight. Before the bitumen coating has dried completely, your Alton damp proof specialist may recommend laying building paper (a special foil backed membrane), for further protection.
Tanking: In below ground areas like cellars or basements, tanking is a process where any surfaces that are exposed are painted with a waterproof coating. Since this watertight coating has to be applied to the bare surfaces of floors and walls, all plaster and wall covering must be taken off before work begins, and all surfaces prepared properly. When the paint has been applied and is dry, it is then possible to replaster and decorate over the top of it. This is an exceptionally disruptive job because it must be applied to an entire basement level or ground floor of a building, and it's recommended that you obtain more than one specialist opinion on whether this really is the only treatment for your rising damp problems.
DEHUMIDIFIERS AS A SOLUTION TO DAMP PROBLEMS
To help with condensation problems, you could always try dehumidifiers, which for reducing the moisture content of the air, are fairly efficient. The drawback with the use of dehumidifiers in endeavouring to eliminate damp and mould is that they simply mask the cause of the damp, not cure it. To get the most reliable advice if you're suffering with mould or damp in any area of your property, you should contact a certified damp proofing specialist in Alton.
FINDING A REPUTABLE DAMP PROOF COMPANY IN ALTON
Neighbours and friends should always be your first choice when you are looking for recommendations and testimonials for local specialists. Always obtain at least 3 or 4 different quotations from a variety of companies, and if you've got any doubts you can ask to see evidence of professional membership certificates and accreditations, before employing any damp proof services.
Watch out for membership of and qualifications from trade bodies such as the PCA (Property Care Association) or the DPA (Damp Proofing Association), or contractors holding the CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) or the CSTDB (Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness) professional qualifications.
You can be sure that your damp proofing specialist is properly qualified and has the necessary experience to carry out a high quality damp proofing service, if they have membership of the PCA or DPA. Such memberships also means there are guarantees for any work completed.
Damp proofing services are available in in Alton and also nearby in: Binsted, Lower Farringdon, Holybourne, Golden Pot, Isington, East Worldham, Lasham, Lower Froyle, Medstead, Froyle, Four Marks, Bentworth, Oakhanger, Chawton, Beech, and in these postcodes GU34 1DX, GU34 1DN, GU34 1QP, GU34 1LG, GU34 1BJ, GU34 1QY, GU34 1AW, GU34 1PF, GU34 1LU, GU34 1BW. Locally based Alton damp proofing specialist will likely have the postcode GU34 and the dialling code 01420.
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