Damp Proofing Bath

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Damp Proofing Bath Somerset (BA1): Damp problems in your house in Bath may not just look unattractive, but they can bring about serious health and structural issues too. Nasty damp patches and peeling wallpaper can hide a much more serious issue which, if not remedied quickly, could cost 1000s to repair. If you think you may have such damp issues you should bring in an established Bath damp proofing specialist to survey your property, and come up with the best damp proofing strategy for your home or business.

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In relation to dampness in Bath homes, there are essentially 3 primary classifications:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

The next article describes what may cause such damp issues in Bath, and the various ways of avoiding and solving them.

PENETRATING DAMP

Common external factors that may cause penetrating damp in your home include: unsound brickwork, damaged guttering, cavity wall issues and cracked or loose roof tiles. Inside your Bath property, penetrating damp can result from leaky or burst pipes, overflowing sinks or bathtubs and damaged shower trays. If water continues to seep into the woodwork and walls, the visible signs over time will be dark damp patches on walls, broken or blistered plaster and peeling paintwork.

If you have a leaky roof and it's been left untreated for a while, it can cause wet rot to develop in your roof timbers. Wet rot does not spread into brickwork, but it can mean that in a worst case scenario your roof timbers become structurally compromised, requiring a new roof. An unfamiliar musty smell, a "spongy" feel to your timbers and the appearance of black fungus growth, could all indicate the presence of wet rot.

You need not panic however, because to prevent these problems occurring, a few basic steps such as cleaning and checking your roof and guttering for leaks, repointing dodgy brickwork and examining pipes for leaks should reduce such situations. A knowledgeable damp proofer in Bath will check all these areas in order to help avoid any future problems, as part of resolving your issues with dampness.

CONDENSATION

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Condensation is very easy to spot and a common form of damp within many homes in Bath. Small droplets of water appear on colder surfaces when humid, warm air makes contact with them. It's a problem due to poor ventilation in areas where high humidity is present, i.e. bathrooms, kitchens and boiler rooms.

To avoid condensation problems, easy solutions include making certain that there's adequate ventilation in the affected areas, and wiping away any droplets as they form. This may require the installation or upgrade of air bricks, cooker hoods and extractor fans to help remove the moisture laden air outside of the building.

A detailed damp proofing survey by a reliable Bath specialist might also find things which contribute to the issue by sucking in moist air from outside. To effectively minimise condensation, airflow needs to be regulated properly. A certified Bath damp proofing company will be able to offer solutions and advice to accomplish this in your home.

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RISING DAMP

Houses built since 1875 in the UK have required a damp proof course to be fitted as standard. If your property was built before this time it's possible that you may not have one installed. If you're suffering with rising damp in a home built after this date it is possible your damp proof course or damp proof membrane has been damaged in some way.

It can be notoriously difficult to distinguish rising damp, however some giveaway indications are; white powdery deposits forming on walls or being found on floor surfaces, rotten or crumbling skirting boards and "tide marks" on walls. If you notice or think that you may have any of these issues, it's possible you have a problem with rising damp.

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Resolving rising damp issues can be as straightforward as checking your exterior walls to see if you can see a damp course. For satisfactory protection it should be 150mm above the level of the ground. If this isn't the situation you may be able to dig away the ground to generate this space, or if this is not possible, you could install a damp course higher up.

If your damp course is in fact correct and the gap from the ground isn't the root cause of the problem, dampness could be coming up through your flooring and into your walls, which might be a more serious issue.

Damp proofing specialists in Bath will quickly detect and eliminate rising damp using a number of different techniques. If you have a somewhat older property with no damp proof course or one that is damaged over a substantial area, a damp proofing cream (such as Permaguard or Dryzone) can be carefully injected into your walls. This cream is injected with a special nozzle into evenly spaced holes drilled along the mortar joint, and before the cream can set it diffuses into the surrounding brickwork forming a barrier that is repellent to water.

If the damp proofing cream treatment isn't sufficient, or the damage is too extensive to your membrane, a new damp proof course may need to be put in. Although this is of course a pretty drastic course of action, it may be the only way to solve your damp problems in an effective way.

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Painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is yet another potential remedy for less severe areas of damp course damage. Since this is applied beneath your current floor coverings, carpeting, wooden flooring and tiles will need to be lifted and put aside before this procedure can commence. Also used as part of the "tanking" procedure to make a room watertight, this is an especially effectual solution in cellar areas. For added protection in such troublesome areas, your Bath damp proofing expert may advise a layer of building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane) before the bitumen paint has has dried out completely.

Tanking: Tanking an area, like a basement or part below ground area, is the process of coating any exposed surfaces with a waterproof paint. As this watertight coating needs to be applied to the base surfaces of floors and walls, any plaster and wall coverings must be removed before work commences, and all surfaces prepared properly. When the coating has been applied and dried, it is then possible to replaster and decorate on top of it. Since it has to be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a building, this is an extremely disruptive job. Therefore, it's a good idea to call in more than one damp proofing specialist to make sure that this is really the only effective solution.

SOLVING DAMP PROBLEMS WITH DEHUMIDIFIERS

Dehumidifiers are a highly effective way of reducing the moisture content in the air, hence for condensation problems they can help quite a bit. Owing to the fact that dehumidifiers merely hide the cause of the damp and not get rid of it, there are disadvantages to this option. If you're suffering with damp or mould in any area of your property in Bath, you can get hold of a professional damp proofing specialist for the best advice.

FINDING A DEPENDABLE DAMP PROOF EXPERT IN BATH

The most trustworthy recommendations for professionals with regards to home improvement projects are normally friends and relations. Where possible you should always see if you can obtain at least 2 or 3 different quotations from a variety of companies, and before signing up to any specific damp proofing providers, you should ask to see qualifications and professional memberships, as evidence of their credibility.

Keep an eye out for qualifications and membership from organisations such as the Damp Proofing Association or the Property Care Association (PCA), or contractors holding the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB) or the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments qualifications.

Membership of either the PCA or DPA guarantees your selected damp proofing specialist is well qualified and has acquired the appropriate experience to offer a top notch damp proofing service. Such professional memberships also means that there are guarantees for any work completed.

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Damp proofing can be done in Bath and also nearby in: Weston, Twerton, Englishcombe, Larkhall, Combe Down, Bradford on Avon, Bathwick, South Stoke, Limpley Stoke, Neston, Keynsham, Southdown, Widcombe, Bathford, Corston, Batheaston, as well as in these postcodes BA1 0EJ, BA1 0RY, BA1 0NB, BA1 0GQ, BA1 0JH, BA1 0PH, BA1 0UG, BA1 0JJ, BA1 0PT, BA1 0DP. Locally based Bath damp proof specialists will probably have the phone code 01225 and the postcode BA1. Checking this should ensure you access locally based providers of damp proofing. Bath property owners will be able to benefit from these and many other comparable services.

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Family & Friends Recommendations

A recommendation by friends or acquaintances is a great place to begin when you're trying to find a damp proofing specialist, but do not let this be the sole factor that affects your choice. It's acknowledged by approximately eighty percent of homeowners in Bath, that a word of mouth recommendation is much better than any other sort of endorsement. When you have prepared a list of potential companies you can ask them to give you a quote - you'll need at least two or three job quotes.

Bath Damp Proofing Tasks

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There is a range of work that can be carried out by your local Bath damp proof specialist including positive input ventilation, rising damp solutions, solutions for condensation in Bath, timber treatment Bath, home damp proofing in Bath, solving mould problems, condensation control, chemical DPC injection, efflorescence treatments, damp proof sealing, damp proof tanking, property surveys Bath, damp proofing internal walls, cellar tanking Bath, damp proof injection cream treatments in Bath, garage damp proofing Bath, concrete repairs, damp proofing concrete floors, cavity wall construction Bath, basement water-proofing in Bath, wall damp proofing Bath, cellar damp proofing Bath, vapour barriers in Bath, flood defence, treatments for black mould Bath, mould treatments, floor damp proofing Bath, woodworm treatment, damp proofing old stone walls, retaining wall damp proofing Bath, foundation damp proofing Bath, wood rot treatment, dampcourse installation, damp proof paint application, japanese knotweed control in Bath, and more. These are just an example of the duties that are handled by people specialising in damp proofing. Bath professionals will be delighted to keep you abreast of their full range of services.

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Also find: Combe Down damp proofing, Limpley Stoke damp proofing, Bathwick damp proofing, Corston damp proofing, Batheaston damp proofing, Bathford damp proofing, Englishcombe damp proofing, Twerton damp proofing, Neston damp proofing, Larkhall damp proofing, Widcombe damp proofing, Keynsham damp proofing, Bradford on Avon damp proofing, Weston damp proofing, South Stoke damp proofing, Southdown damp proofing services and more. All of these areas are catered for by companies who do damp proofing. Bath home and property owners can get damp proofing price quotes by clicking here.

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Damp Proofing Around Bath: Households in Chedworth Close, Conygre Green, Darlington Wharf, Coronation Road, Sion Hill, Cleveland Place West, Collier Close, Station Road, Cheap Street, Cypress Terrace, Chapel Walk, Colbourne Road, Sandy View, Cedar Way, Southlands, Bell Hill, Denmark Road, Belvedere Place, Tyning End, St Georges Buildings, Dean Hill Lane, St Nicholas Court, Bailbrook Grove, Southgate, Stoke Mead, Dafford Street, Claverton Buildings, Short Lane, The Mews, Ainslies Belvedere Mews, have needed damp proofing recently. Waterproofing work also undertaken in these local Bath postcodes: BA1 0EJ, BA1 0RY, BA1 0NB, BA1 0GQ, BA1 0JH, BA1 0PH, BA1 0UG, BA1 0JJ, BA1 0PT, BA1 0DP. These locations recently saw activity by specialists in damp proofing. Bath business and home owners were given professional and dependable damp proofing services on each occasion.

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(This damp proofing Bath article was checked and updated on 21-09-2022)