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Damp Proofing Cottenham Cambridgeshire (CB24): Having problems with damp in your home in Cottenham can lead to major health and structural issues, as well as being unsightly in appearance. If not remedied quickly, some of the more serious issues could cost thousands of pounds to repair, and might be hidden away beneath peeling wallpaper and damp patches. If you have an issue such as this there is very little that you can do yourself, and the best option is to speak to an established Cottenham damp proofing specialist to carry out a survey and suggest solutions.

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In Cottenham homes there are three primary problem areas of how damp can affect your property:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp


These 3 key types of damp are outlined in greater detail in the following paragraphs, along with strategies for prevention and resolution, if you happen to find them in your home or business in Cottenham.


Problems like defective guttering, cavity wall issues, unsound brickwork and broken or loose roof tiles are common external factors that can cause penetrating damp. Internally, the causes can be overflowing baths or sinks, cracked shower trays and burst or dripping pipes. If water continues to soak into the woodwork and walls, the obvious signs with time will be flaking or bubbling paintwork, dark damp patches on walls and broken or blistered plaster.

Wet rot can develop in the timbers of your roof if you have a leaking roof that is neglected over a period of time. While it doesn't spread into the brickwork, wet rot can cause the timber in your roof to become structurally dangerous, and in a worst case scenario you may even need to have a new roof - extremely costly! If a black fungus starts to appear on any woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to touch, you might have problems with wet rot.

You shouldn't fret however, because to stop these problems from occurring, a few straightforward steps like repointing brickwork, inspecting pipework for leaks and cleaning and checking your guttering and roof for leaks should reduce such situations. A competent damp proofer in Cottenham will check all these areas in order to help prevent any future complications, as an element of solving your issues with dampness.


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Very easy to spot and a cause of damp in many Cottenham properties, condensation is incredibly common. When humid, warm air makes contact with cooler surfaces (such as the glass in windows), minute droplets of water rapidly form. It is often caused due to poor ventilation in places where high humidity is present, i.e. kitchens, boiler rooms and bathrooms.

To reduce condensation issues, simple strategies include making sure that there is sufficient ventilation in the worst affected areas, and wiping up any droplets as they form. Redirecting moisture laden air to the outside of your property in Cottenham, by fitting or updating cooker hoods, air bricks and extractor fans, will help you to resolve this annoying problem.

A damp proofing survey from a professional Cottenham specialist might also find factors which contribute to the issue by drawing in damp air from the outside. Airflow needs to be properly regulated to successfully control condensation problems, and a competent damp proofing specialist will be able to give advice and offer solutions on this topic.

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A damp proof course or membrane has been compulsory on houses constructed in the UK since 1875. It's quite possible that you may not have one fitted if your home in Cottenham was constructed before this year. If you're suffering with rising damp in a house constructed after this period it's possible that your DPM has been damaged somehow.

Rising damp can be difficult to identify, but some things to keep an eye out for are; "tide marks" on walls, white powdery deposits forming on walls or being found on floor surfaces and rotten or crumbling skirtings. Whilst the existence of one or more of these isn't conclusive, they're all indications of rising damp issues.

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Merely checking your home's external walls to spot if you have a DPM can be one step towards eliminating your problems with rising damp. To be sure of a satisfactory degree of protection the damp proof course ought to be above ground level by at least 150 millimetres (approximately six inches). You could dig away the surrounding soil to create this gap if it's currently not sufficient, or you could install a higher DPM if the former is not possible.

You may have more problematic issues if you find that your DPM is OK, and it could be that the dampness is creeping up from the ground, up through your flooring, and into your property's walls, which can be an even more disturbing state of affairs.

Using a range of techniques, damp proofing experts in Cottenham can quickly identify and eliminate rising damp issues. Older homes which either don't have a damp proof membrane, or have a compromised one that's damaged over a significant area, can have a damp proof cream (such as Permaguard or Dryzone) injected into the external walls. This involves drilling holes at evenly spaced intervals along the wall's mortar course and the special cream injected with a nozzle to fill the spaces behind the brickwork down to beneath ground level.

If the deterioration of your DPM is too drastic, or if damp proofing cream is not a satisfactory treatment, you may need to put in a brand new damp proof course. While this sort of repair work is a pretty extreme way to solve rising damp problems, it may be the only real solution in the end.

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For less severe areas of damage, another potential solution could be to coat with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion paint. Tiles, laminate flooring or carpeting will have to be lifted before any work can be carried out, as it is applied under your floor coverings. Also used as part of the "tanking" process to create a waterproof space, this is an especially effective treatment in basements. Before the bitumen coating has completely dried out, your Cottenham damp proofing technician might recommend a layer of building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane), for further protection.

Tanking: The process of coating exposed surfaces with a waterproof paint in a cellar or below ground area is known as tanking. This has to be applied at the base level of walls and floors, and so any wall covering and plaster must be removed and the pertinent surfaces correctly prepared before any work begins. You can replaster and decorate on top of it, after the paint has dried out completely. You should always get more than one specialist opinion about whether this really is the only remedy for your damp problems, since this is a highly disruptive process as it must be applied to a whole basement level or ground floor of a building.


Problems with condensation can definitely be helped by the use of dehumidifiers, which are an efficient way of reducing the moisture content in the air. The fact that these gadgets just cover up the cause of the damp and don't cure it, is the issue with dehumidifier use. To get the best advice if you're suffering from dampness in any part of your home, you should contact a competent damp proofing company in Cottenham.


As with any home improvement project, the most trustworthy recommendations for a specialist can be gleaned from friends and relations. Always obtain at least two or three different quotes from various local companies, and if you've got any doubts you should ask to see evidence of professional membership certificates and accreditations, before employing any damp proof services.

Watch out for technicians holding the CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) or the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB) professional qualifications, or companies who are registered members of the PCA (Property Care Association) or the Damp Proofing Association.

You can guarantee that your damp proofing provider is properly qualified and has acquired the required practical experience to perform a high quality damp proof service, if they've got membership of either the DPA or PCA. Any remedial work supplied by any one of their members also comes with a guarantee.

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Damp proofing can be undertaken in Cottenham and also in: Histon, Horningsea, Milton, Impington, Cambridge, Chesterton, Willingham, Stretham, Earith, Aldreth, Haddenham, Fen Ditton, Waterbeach, Landbeach, Rampton, together with these postcodes CB24 8PZ, CB24 8XX, CB24 8AA, CB24 8UW, CB24 8XG, CB24 8SG, CB24 8TU, CB24 8SQ, CB24 8XH, CB24 8TE. Local Cottenham damp proofers will most likely have the postcode CB24 and the telephone dialling code 01954. Checking this out will confirm that you access local providers of damp proofing. Cottenham householders are able to benefit from these and countless other comparable services.

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The latest Cambridgeshire damp proofing job requests: Mr and Mrs Mcmillan recently requested an estimate for resolving mould and condensation issues in Isleham. Paris Polson and Olaf Polson recently enquired about clearing up damp and condensation issues in Wicken, Cambridgeshire. Nihal Sims from Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire was searching for damp proofing companies nearby. Kelvin Isaac in Isleham was looking for a company to damp proof a retaining wall. Melanie and Nana Kay recently enquired about getting a price for damp proofing a conservatory in a detached house in Ramsey. Millie Corrigan from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire was searching for a specialist to damp proof a concrete floor. Kodi Craven and Gabriella Craven recently asked for a quotation for clearing up condensation and mould problems in Swavesey. Jazmine Rich in Swaffham Bulbeck asked the question "is there someone who does damp proofing near me?". Most of these Cambridgeshire homeowners conducted a search for "damp proofing Cambridgeshire" and noticed this webpage on either Google, Bing or Yahoo.


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Also find: Rampton damp proofing, Milton damp proofing, Aldreth damp proofing, Willingham damp proofing, Haddenham damp proofing, Fen Ditton damp proofing, Waterbeach damp proofing, Histon damp proofing, Horningsea damp proofing, Impington damp proofing, Chesterton damp proofing, Landbeach damp proofing, Cambridge damp proofing, Stretham damp proofing, Earith damp proofing services and more. All of these towns and villages are serviced by companies who do damp proofing. Cottenham homeowners can get damp proofing price quotes by going here.

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Damp Proofing Around Cottenham: Some Cottenham roads and streets where damp proofing work has recently been carried out - The Dunnocks, Histon Road, The Spinney, Lockspit Hall Drove, Kestrel Close, Setchel Drove, Smith's Path, Orchard Close, Brenda Gautrey Way, Foundry Close, Manor Farm Court, Victoria View, Leopold Walk, Little Setchel Drove, Hay Lane, Goldfinch Drive, Manse Drive, Woodlark Drive, Pelham Close, Cossington Close, Dunstal Field, Beach Road, as well as the following Cottenham area postcodes: CB24 8PZ, CB24 8XX, CB24 8AA, CB24 8UW, CB24 8XG, CB24 8SG, CB24 8TU, CB24 8SQ, CB24 8XH, CB24 8TE. Work was performed in these areas by specialists in damp proofing. Cottenham property owners were given high quality and dependable damp proofing services on each occasion.

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(This damp proofing Cottenham page was updated on 21-09-2022)