Damp Proofing Bishop's Castle

Bishop's Castle Damp Proofing & Timber Treatment

Damp Proofing Bishop's Castle Shropshire (SY9): It isn't just the fact that problems with damp look terrible, they can also cause chronic health issues and contribute to dangerous structural damages. Nasty damp patches and peeling wallpaper can conceal a much more serious issue which, if not resolved immediately, can cost thousands to repair. It is generally cheaper in the longer term to call in an experienced Bishop's Castle damp proofing company to survey your house, and offer an extensive damp proofing solution for your dwelling.

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In Bishop's Castle buildings there are 3 primary problem areas of how damp can affect your property:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp


We'll look at these 3 key sorts of damp problems, and come up with recommendations for how to stop them from happening and solve them, should they occur.


Things like damaged gutters or downspouts, damaged or porous brickwork, blocked cavity walls and cracked roof tiles are external causes of penetrating damp. Inside a building, it can be created by overflowing baths or basins, leaky or burst water pipes and cracked shower trays. Walls and timber components can be impacted if left unchecked, and will be noticeable as damp, dark patches on walls, broken or blistering plaster and peeling paintwork.

Wet rot can arise in the timbers of your roof if you have a leaking roof that is been neglected for a while. If worse comes to worse, you may even need to replace the entire roof, because wet rot can cause severe issues with the structural integrity of your roofing timbers. A musty, unpleasant smell of rotten wood, the appearance of black fungus, and a "spongy" feel to the timbers of your roof, are all warning signs of wet rot.

The measures for prevention can be pretty basic, for instance examining piping for leaks, cleaning and checking your roof & gutters for leaks and repointing brickwork. As an integral part of solving your dampness problems, a competent Bishop's Castle damp proofing service provider will check all these things, so as to help reduce the chances of any further issues in the future.


Condensation Damp Bishop's Castle UK (01588)

Condensation is super easy to spot and is a common form of damp in many properties in Bishop's Castle. Water collects as droplets on a cool surface, when warm, humid air comes into contact with it. Where a high level of humidity is present, as in boiler rooms, bathrooms and kitchens, condensation is often caused by poor ventilation.

There are a couple of straightforward ways of managing condensation, and these are making certain that the worst affected areas have good ventilation, and wiping droplets of water away as they form on surfaces. You can minimise the quantity of moist air that's present in your dwelling by fitting or upgrading air bricks, extractor fans and cooker hoods.

An in-depth damp proofing survey from an experienced Bishop's Castle specialist might also find areas which give rise to the situation by sucking in moist air from outside. To satisfactorily control condensation problems, airflow has to be regulated properly. A reliable Bishop's Castle damp proofing specialist will gladly offer advice and solutions in regards to this.

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Ever since 1875, a damp proof course has been compulsory in all houses constructed in the United Kingdom. You may not have a damp proof course on your house in Bishop's Castle if it was constructed prior to this period. If your property was constructed after this date, but you are still experiencing rising damp problems, it could be that your damp proof course has been impaired.

Although hard to distinguish, tide marks on walls, crumbling or rotten skirtings and white powdery deposits forming on walls or being discovered on floor surfaces, are all giveaway clues that you may have rising damp. While the existence of these isn't conclusive, they're all clear indications of rising damp problems.

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The first step towards resolving your rising damp problems should be to simply check whether you have in fact got a DPM on the external walls of your home in Bishop's Castle. For satisfactory protection it ought to be 150 millimetres above ground level. You can dig away the surrounding soil to create this gap if it's currently not enough, or you can put in a higher damp proof membrane (DPM) if the former isn't plausible.

If this is not the problem and your DPM is in order, there could be more problematic issues to resolve caused by the moisture rising up from the ground beneath, up through your flooring, and into the walls.

Damp proofing professionals in Bishop's Castle can quickly detect and eliminate rising damp using a range of procedures. Older houses which either have no DPM at all, or have one that's damaged over a substantial area, can be treated with a damp proofing injection cream. Holes are drilled at intervals in the mortar course, and a special nozzle is used to inject the cream, which then soaks into the surrounding brickwork before curing to create an effective water-repellent barrier.

If the deterioration of your membrane is too drastic, or if damp proofing injection cream isn't a satisfactory solution, you might need to put in a brand new damp proof course. Though this is obviously a fairly drastic plan of action, it may be the only way to solve your rising damp problems effectively.

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Painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is another potential solution for minimal areas of damp course damage. Laminate flooring, tiles or carpeting will have to be lifted before any work is done, since it is applied underneath your floor coverings. In basement areas this is an especially effectual treatment, and will form part of the tanking process that is used to make rooms watertight. Before the bitumen paint has completely dried, your Bishop's Castle damp proof technician may advise the laying of building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane), for added protection.

Tanking: The process of coating exposed surfaces with a waterproof paint in a below ground area such as a basement is known as tanking. Since this coating must be applied on the base surfaces of walls and floors, any wall coverings and plaster must be taken off before work begins, and all surfaces properly prepared. When the coating has been put on and is dry, it's then possible to replaster the walls and decorate on top of it. You must always get more than one expert's opinion about whether this really is the only treatment for your rising damp problems, because this is an incredibly disruptive job since it must be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a building.


To help ease issues with condensation, you can always try dehumidifiers, which for removing moisture from the air, are fairly efficient. Due to the fact that dehumidifiers only hide the cause of the damp and don't cure it, there are issues with this solution. A certified damp proofing company in Bishop's Castle will be able to advise on the best solution if you're experiencing dampness in any area of your property.


The best recommendations for professionals with regards to home improvement projects are normally friends and relatives. Always get at least three different quotes from various companies, and if you've got any doubts you can ask to see qualifications and professional membership certificates, before signing up to any damp proof services.

Watch out for contractors holding the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness or the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) accreditations, or local companies who are signed up members of the PCA (Property Care Association) or the Damp Proofing Association (DPA).

If your Bishop's Castle damp proofing providers are members of either the PCA or DPA you can be sure they will be suitably qualified and have acquired the necessary experience to offer a high quality service for all your damp proofing issues. Such memberships also means that there are guarantees for any work undertaken.

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(This damp proofing Bishop's Castle article was checked and updated on 05-12-2023)