Damp Proofing Great Torrington

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Damp Proofing Great Torrington Devon (EX38): Problems with damp in your home in Great Torrington not only look unsightly, but they can also lead to serious health and structural issues as well. Peeling wallpaper and horrible damp patches can hide a much more serious problem which, if not solved speedily, could cost 1000s to repair. If you've got a problem such as this there's very little that you can do to resolve it yourself, and the wisest thing to do is to call on a professional Great Torrington damp proofing company to carry out a thorough inspection and suggest viable solutions.

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Essentially, in terms of damp in the home there are three main problem areas:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp


Below you'll find info on what could cause damp issues in your home or business in Great Torrington, and exactly how you may get started with fixing them.


Common external factors that may cause penetrating damp include: unsound brickwork, cavity wall problems, damaged guttering and broken roof tiles. Inside your Great Torrington home, penetrating damp can be the result of damaged shower trays, overflowing bathtubs or basins and leaky or burst pipes. If water is allowed to continue soaking into the walls and woodwork, the visible signs in time are going to be damp dark patches on walls, flaking or bubbling paintwork and broken or blistering plaster.

If you've got a leaky roof and it has been left untreated over a period of time, it can cause wet rot in the timbers of your roof. Wet rot can't spread into the brickwork, but it can mean that in the worst outcome your roof timbers become structurally dangerous, requiring a new roof. Wet rot can be identified by the appearance of black fungus on your woodwork and a spongy feel to the rafters, coupled with a distinctive musty smell from the decaying timber.

You shouldn't panic however, because to stop these problems from happening, a few straightforward steps such as inspecting pipes for leaks, repointing dodgy brickwork and cleaning and checking your rain gutters and roof for leaks should reduce such situations. If you employ the expert services of a certified Great Torrington damp proofing company, they'll check all these elements as part of your overall damp proofing program.


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One of the most common forms of damp within many houses in Great Torrington, condensation is extremely easy to spot. When cooler surfaces make contact with moist, warm air, tiny water droplets form on those cold surfaces. Inadequate ventilation in places with a high level of humidity, for example in boiler rooms, bathrooms and kitchens, is the most frequent reason behind condensation.

Simple strategies to stop condensation involve wiping up any droplets as soon as they form and making certain you have adequate ventilation in the problem areas. This might involve the installation or upgrade of air bricks, cooker hoods and extractor fans to help reroute the moisture laden air outside of your house.

The best way to establish the key circumstances that exacerbate the problem, is to have a detailed damp proofing survey carried out by a trustworthy Great Torrington damp proofing company. Sometimes moist air can be sucked in from the outside, plainly making things worse. The most effective way to adequately minimise condensation is to regulate airflow properly, and your local Great Torrington damp proofing technician will offer guidance and advice on how this can best be achieved.

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A damp proof course has been compulsory on houses constructed in the United Kingdom since 1875. It's possible that you may not have one fitted if your property in Great Torrington was constructed before this time. It is a possibility that your damp proof membrane may have been damaged somehow if you are experiencing rising damp issues in a house built after this date.

If you believe that you may have rising damp, rotten or crumbling skirting boards, a white powdery deposit forming on walls or being found on floor surfaces and "tide marks" on walls, are good indications that you may be correct. Whilst the existence of one or more of these is not conclusive, they are all clear indications of rising damp problems.

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Simply checking your external walls to spot if you have a damp course can be the first step towards resolving your rising damp. To be certain of a satisfactory measure of protection the DPM should be above ground level by at least 150mm (about six inches). If this is not the situation you might be able to dig away the ground to create this space, or if this is not possible, you can put in a higher DPM (damp proof membrane).

You might have more serious issues if you find that your DPM (damp proof membrane) is okay, and it might be that the moisture is creeping up from the ground, through your flooring, and into the walls, which is going to be an even more worrying situation.

Using a range of methods, damp proofing specialists in Great Torrington can quickly identify and eliminate rising damp issues. If you have a somewhat older home with no damp proof course or it is damaged over a wide area, a damp proofing cream (such as Permaguard) can be carefully injected into your walls. Evenly spaced holes are drilled at intervals along the mortar joint, and a special nozzle used to inject the cream, which then soaks into the surrounding brickwork before curing to create an effective, horizontal water-repelling barrier.

In situations where damp proofing cream is not a suitable remedy, or where your DPM is too seriously damaged, installing a whole new damp proof course may be neccessary. Whilst this level of repair work is a fairly extreme way to solve damp problems, it could be your only effective solution when all is said and done.

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Yet another solution for smaller areas of membrane damage might include painting with a bitumen based, waterproof latex emulsion coating. Since this will be applied underneath your current floor coverings, carpets, tiles and laminate flooring will need to be lifted before this operation can begin. In cellars this is an especially effectual treatment, and will form an integral part of the "tanking" process which is used to make rooms watertight. Your Great Torrington damp proofing technician might recommend the application of building paper (a special foil backed membrane) before the bitumen paint has dried completely, further protection in those troublesome areas.

Tanking: In cellars, basements and below ground areas of a property, "tanking" is the process where surfaces that are exposed are covered in a waterproof coating. As this waterproof coating has to be applied on the base surface of floors and walls, all wall covering and plaster must be taken off before any work can begin, and the pertinent surfaces prepared correctly. Once the paint has been applied and is dry, it's then the time to replaster any wall surfaces and decorate on top of it. This is a highly disruptive process as it must be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a property, and it is wise to get more than one specialist's opinion about whether this really is the only remedy for your rising damp problems.


To help with condensation problems, you can try using dehumidifiers, which for reducing the moisture content of the air, are pretty efficacious. The issue with dehumidifier use in attempting to stop damp is that they merely hide the cause of the damp, not get rid of it. An experienced damp proofing specialist in Great Torrington will be happy to give you advice on possible solutions if you're suffering from mould or damp in any area of your house.


As with pretty much any project, the best recommendations for a specialist can be obtained from friends and relatives. Before employing any damp proofing services, you should see if you can get at least three quotes from different Great Torrington companies. If you have any doubts about any specific damp proofing company you should ask to see qualifications and professional membership certificates.

Professional Great Torrington damp proofing specialists should be registered members of either the PCA (Property Care Association) or the DPA (Damp Proofing Association), or have professional qualifications from the CSTDB (Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness) or the CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments).

Membership of either the DPA or PCA guarantees your chosen damp proofing specialist is suitably qualified and has acquired the appropriate experience to provide you with a first class damp proof service. In addition, it offers guarantees on any damp proofing work completed by one of their members.

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Damp proofing can be carried out in Great Torrington and also in nearby places like: Taddiport, Yarnscombe, Roborough, Saltrens, Buckland Brewer, Frithelstock, Beaford, Monkleigh, Little Torrington, Langtree, Stibb Cross, Torrington, Littleham, Weare Gifford, as well as in these postcodes EX38 7DD, EX38 7BU, EX38 8EL, EX38 7DB, EX38 8AR, EX38 7NB, EX38 7AN, EX38 7AF, EX38 7DA, EX38 8DN. Locally based Great Torrington damp proof specialists will most likely have the dialling code 01805 and the postcode EX38. Verifying this should guarantee that you're accessing locally based providers of damp proofing. Great Torrington householders can utilise these and many other comparable services.

Friends & Family Recommendations

It is invariably extremely useful to ask if friends and relatives have any recommendations when looking for a professional contractor for your project or undertaking in Great Torrington. With regards to finding someone who is ideal for your needs, personal references are frequently the preferred solution, and are just as effective for pointing a finger at companies with a terrible levels of performance, and third-rate contractors.

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Asking a friend or member of your family for advice also means you can find out whether anything went wrong, how quickly errors were rectified, and what the contractor's attitude was like. In addition you can get an insight into the punctuality and reliability of the contractor. They should also be able to tell you whether the contractor offered a guaranteed price promise for their work, and if not, how accurate the eventual price was in comparison to the initial quote.

In relation to advice, your family and friends are individuals you know and trust. If they have had a poor experience in their dealings with a specific company or contractor, you might discover that they will be reluctant to discuss them. And, rather than 'casting aspersions on' a poor contractor, a lot of people may even offer an alternative company, because in general most people will be perfectly willing to speak about a good quality contractor and less inclined to mention a poor one.

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There are a whole host of tasks that can be accomplished by your local Great Torrington damp proof specialist including leak detection, structural waterproofing, vapour barrier installation, timber treatments Great Torrington, industrial damp proofing, damp proofing cream treatments in Great Torrington, wet rot treatment, damp proofing prices in Great Torrington, solving condensation problems Great Torrington, basement tanking, commercial tanking, cementitious tanking, damp proofing a cellar in Great Torrington, timber surveys, cavity wall construction in Great Torrington, damp proof paint application, damp control in Great Torrington, dry rot treatment, damp proof membranes Great Torrington, condensation solutions, dampcourse installation Great Torrington, property preservation, property surveys Great Torrington, penetrating damp treatments, damp proofing assessments in Great Torrington, landlord damp proofing services Great Torrington, damp proofing walls, damp proofing a garage, damp proof tanking in Great Torrington, efflorescence solutions, concrete repairs, basement damp proofing in Great Torrington, damp proofing floors Great Torrington, damp treatments, japanese knotweed control in Great Torrington, and lots more. These are just a handful of the activities that are accomplished by those doing damp proofing. Great Torrington providers will inform you of their whole range of damp proofing services.


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Also find: Buckland Brewer damp proofing, Beaford damp proofing, Weare Gifford damp proofing, Saltrens damp proofing, Yarnscombe damp proofing, Langtree damp proofing, Roborough damp proofing, Monkleigh damp proofing, Stibb Cross damp proofing, Little Torrington damp proofing, Taddiport damp proofing, Torrington damp proofing, Frithelstock damp proofing, Littleham damp proofing services and more. The majority of these villages and towns are served by companies who do damp proofing. Great Torrington home and property owners can get damp proofing estimates by going here.

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