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Damp Proofing Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire (HP1): Damp problems in your property in Hemel Hempstead don't only look unsightly, but they can also bring about severe health and structural issues too. Costing thousands to repair if not cured swiftly, more extreme problems can often be concealed under peeling wallpaper, flaking paint and damp patches. It is far more cost effective in the longer term to bring in an experienced Hemel Hempstead damp proofing specialist to inspect your house, and offer an extensive damp proofing treatment for your dwelling.

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Basically, when it comes to damp within the home there are 3 primary problem areas:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

The next article describes what may cause such problems with damp in Hemel Hempstead, and the different methods of preventing and resolving them.

PENETRATING DAMP

Commonplace external factors that can cause penetrating damp include: cavity wall problems, cracks in brickwork, defective guttering and broken roof tiles. From within, it can be triggered by damaged shower trays, overflowing basins or bathtubs and leaky or burst pipes. If water continues to soak into the walls and woodwork, the noticeable signs with time will be damp dark patches on walls, blistering or broken plaster and peeling paintwork.

Wet rot can develop in the timbers of your roof if you have a leaking roof which is left untreated over a long period of time. Wet rot doesn't spread into your brickwork, but having it can mean that in a worst case scenario your roof timbers become structurally unsafe, necessitating a new roof. A distinctive musty odour, a "spongy" feel to your rafters and the appearance of black fungus growth, could all indicate the presence of wet rot.

You should not fret however, since to prevent these problems from occurring, a few basic steps such as cleaning and checking your roof and gutters for leaks, examining pipework for leaks and repointing dodgy brickwork should reduce such situations. A competent damp proofer in Hemel Hempstead will check all of these areas to help avoid any further problems, as part of solving your issues with damp.

CONDENSATION

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Condensation is very easy to identify and one of the most common forms of damp in many properties in Hemel Hempstead. Minute droplets of water form on cool surfaces when warm, humid air comes into contact with them. It's a problem because of poor ventilation in places where high humidity is present, i.e. bathrooms, boiler rooms and kitchens.

Easy solutions to stop condensation involve wiping up any water droplets as soon as they form and making certain there's enough ventilation in the major trouble spots. This might call for the upgrading or installation of air bricks, cooker hoods and extractors to help reroute the moist air outside of the building.

The most effective way to identify the key factors that play a role in the situation, is to have a detailed damp proofing survey carried out by a reputable Hemel Hempstead damp proofing specialist. Occasionally damp air can be drawn in from the outside, plainly making things worse. Airflow has to be properly regulated to adequately minimise condensation problems, and a competent damp proofing specialist will give advice and offer solutions on this question.

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RISING DAMP

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

If you think that you might have rising damp in your home, white powdery deposits being found on floor surfaces or appearing on walls, "tide marks" on walls and rotten or crumbling skirtings, are good signs that you may be right. If you see or think you may have any of these signs, it is possible that you've got a problem with rising damp.

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The initial step towards fixing your problems with rising damp should be to simply check whether you have a damp course on the outside walls of your property in Hemel Hempstead. To be sure of an adequate measure of protection the damp proof membrane should be above ground level by no less than 150mm (around six inches). Where you discover this space doesn't exist, you could dig away the soil to increase it, or if this process is not feasible, a higher DPM will need to be put in.

If this isn't the root cause of the problem and your damp proof course is correct, there may be more serious issues to deal with caused by the dampness rising up from the ground beneath, through your floor, and into the walls of your home.

Damp proofing technicians in Hemel Hempstead can quickly identify and resolve rising damp problems using a range of methods. A damp proofing cream (such as Dryzone) can be carefully injected into your walls if you've got an older house with no DPM, or it is damaged over a substantial area. Holes will be drilled at intervals in the mortar course, and a special nozzle is used to inject the cream, which then penetrates into the surrounding brickwork before curing to form an effective, horizontal water-repellent barrier.

If the damp proof cream is not appropriate, or the damage to your membrane is too extensive, a brand new damp proof course may need to be installed. Though this is of course a pretty drastic course of action, it might be the best way to solve your rising damp issues in an effective way.

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The application of a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is yet another potential remedy for smaller areas of damage. Wood flooring, tiles or carpeting must be lifted prior to work being undertaken, since it's applied underneath your floor coverings. In basements this is a particularly effective treatment, and will form part of the "tanking" procedure that's used to make spaces watertight. Before the bitumen coating has has dried out completely, your Hemel Hempstead damp proof technician might advise the application of building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane), for further protection.

Tanking: In below ground areas such as basements or cellars, "tanking" is a process where any surfaces that are exposed are painted with a watertight coating. This must be applied on the base surface of floors and walls, therefore all wall covering and plaster must be removed and the surfaces properly prepared before the commencement of any work. Once this coating has been applied, it should be permitted to dry out thoroughly before replastering any walls and decorating on top of it. As it must be applied to a whole ground floor or basement level of a property, this is a highly disruptive process. Therefore, it is wise to bring in more than one damp proofing expert to be sure that this is really the only effective option.

SOLVING DAMP PROBLEMS WITH DEHUMIDIFIERS

To help with condensation problems, you can always try dehumidifiers, which for removing moisture from the air, are really effective. The fact that these gadgets simply mask the cause of the damp and don't get rid of it, is the trouble with dehumidifiers. To obtain the most reliable advice if you're suffering with damp in any part of your home, you can call on a competent damp proofing company in Hemel Hempstead.

FINDING A REPUTABLE DAMP PROOF COMPANY IN HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

As with any home improvement project, the most reliable recommendations for a local specialist come from friends and neighbours. Before employing any damp proofing services, always try to obtain at least 3 or 4 price quotes from various Hemel Hempstead companies. If you have any doubts about any specific damp proofing company you could ask to see evidence of qualifications and professional membership certificates.

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

Membership of either the DPA or PCA guarantees your chosen damp proofing specialist is well qualified and has acquired the required experience to provide you with a high quality damp proof service. Any work undertaken by one of their members also comes with a guarantee.

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Damp proofing can be carried out in Hemel Hempstead and also in nearby places like: Orchard Leigh, Berkhamsted, Abbots Langley, Frithsden, St Albans, Bovingdom, Bourne End, Kings Langley, Great Gaddesden, Potten End, Chipperfield, Redbourn, Frogmore, Gorhambury, as well as in these postcodes HP1 1EN, HP1 1BJ, HP1 1EW, HP1 1QS, HP1 1BA, HP1 1PW, HP1 1DX, HP1 1BS, HP1 1EG, HP1 1BE. Locally based Hemel Hempstead damp proofing specialist will most likely have the telephone dialling code 01442 and the postcode HP1. Checking this out should confirm you're accessing locally based providers of damp proofing. Hemel Hempstead property owners can benefit from these and numerous other comparable services.

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Family & Friends Recommendations

Family and friends are a fantastic source of recommendations, when you're trying to find a damp proofing contractor in Hemel Hempstead for your project or undertaking. With regards to finding someone who is suitable for your needs, personal references are usually the preferred solution, and are just as good for pointing a finger at companies with an atrocious levels of performance, and cowboy contractors.

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Asking a friend or family member for feedback also means you can find out whether anything went awry, how rapidly errors were rectified, and what the contractor's attitude was like as a result. In addition you can get an insight into the punctuality and reliability of the contractor. They should also be able to tell you how accurate the original quotation was compared to the final price, which, unless they offer a guaranteed price promise, is frequently hard to obtain from the contractors themselves.

When push comes to shove, your friends and relatives are people you know and can depend on in relation to their advice. It's possible that they've had an unsatisfactory experience, if they're unwilling to discuss a particular company or contractor. It's generally the case that a lot of people will be more than happy to recommend a decent contractor and less likely to mention a mediocre one. They might even endorse some alternative company, rather than 'denigrate' a far from perfect one that they have previously dealt with.

Hemel Hempstead Damp Proofing Tasks

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There is a variety of work that can be carried out by your local Hemel Hempstead damp proofing specialist including leak detection, solving condensation problems, rising damp advice, mould treatments, invasive weed control, flood defence in Hemel Hempstead, damp proofing old stone walls Hemel Hempstead, brickwork damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, wall tie replacement, floor damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, property preservation, cellar tanking, foundation damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, structural waterproofing, damp proof sealing Hemel Hempstead, treatments for rising damp, concrete damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, garage floor damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, damp proofing assessments in Hemel Hempstead, cavity wall construction, damp proofing surveys, positive input ventilation (PIV), condensation solutions Hemel Hempstead, cellar damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, chemical DPC injection, pressure grouting, woodworm treatments, property surveys Hemel Hempstead, penetrating damp treatments, injection damp proofing in Hemel Hempstead, timber treatments in Hemel Hempstead, condensation control in Hemel Hempstead, commercial tanking Hemel Hempstead, rendering repairs in Hemel Hempstead, retaining wall damp proofing Hemel Hempstead, and lots more. Listed are just an example of the activities that are conducted by those doing damp proofing. Hemel Hempstead specialists will be happy to inform you of their full range of damp proofing services.

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A few years back, folks used to flick through the local papers or Yellow Pages to find services and businesses nearby, right now they are more inclined to read online reviews, which have become ever more favoured. It's helpful for them if you can leave a positive review when they have done a good job or provided a great service, and it's handy for others too. Both potential future customers and the company itself can be helped by you sharing your first hand knowledge in this manner. You might consider how reviews helped you decide when you were initially hunting for someone to do your work. It doesn't matter how professional a company website may look, without those reviews you might have looked someplace else.

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But how can you really rely on so called customer reviews on a company website? Did actual customers who were happy to recommend the service produce these glowing reviews, or were they provided by an over-enthusiastic employee looking to drum up more work?

If you would like to find sincere and genuine reviews, a good technique is to look at the the reviews on Google My Business listings on a company in Hemel Hempstead. To ascertain the reputation of a business and also influence a business's ranking in search engines, many will tell you that this is THE review website. Google My Business's leading competitor and the 2nd largest local company review platform is Bing Places for Business, which is powered by Microsoft. Leaving a review on either of these platforms will establish a rundown of the company that worked successfully on your damp proofing project and help in raising the profile of that company locally. Some of you would rather leave reviews for a company on Twitter and Facebook pages, which are just as effective. These giants of social media will be a major part of any small business's media marketing promotions. Adding your own favourable review will go some way to strengthening their sales message, and can help other people who are looking for similar services.

A hand-drafted thankyou letter is equally as acceptable if you would rather go 'traditional'. These are still useful in an online world and can be photographed for use on websites, or perhaps even framed or compiled to make a review portfolio for face to face meetings with prospective clients. However you create your review it's an awesome feeling to think that you might have helped a local small business get another foothold in a competitive marketplace. (Tags: Hemel Hempstead Damp Proofing Company Reviews)

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In the Hertfordshire area you'll also discover: Great Amwell damp proofing companies, Nettleden damp proofers, Shenley damp proofing companies, Benington damp proofers, North Mymms damp proofing, Welham Green damp proofing, Northchurch damp proofing, Park Street damp proofers, Shenley damp proof specialists, Harefield damp proof specialists, Ashwell damp proof specialists, Broxbourne damp proofers, Little Gaddesden damp proof specialists, Bovingdon damp proof specialists, Wigginton damp proofers, Markyate damp proof specialists, St Ippolyts damp proof specialists, Watton At Stone damp proofing specialists, Welham Green damp proof specialists, Great Amwell damp proofing companies, Aldbury damp proofing companies, London Colney damp proofing, Wigginton damp proofing companies, South Mimms damp proofers, Great Amwell damp proofing, Puckeridge damp proofers, Tewin damp proofing, Croxley Green damp proofing companies, Little Munden damp proofers, Sawbridgeworth damp proofers.

All throughout Hertfordshire you should be able to find damp proofing specialists who'll offer various solutions for your damp issues. If you're unable to find the right damp proofer in Hemel Hempstead itself then you should be able to uncover one close by.

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Also find: Great Gaddesden damp proofing, Kings Langley damp proofing, Berkhamsted damp proofing, Frithsden damp proofing, Bovingdom damp proofing, Bourne End damp proofing, Gorhambury damp proofing, Frogmore damp proofing, Orchard Leigh damp proofing, Potten End damp proofing, St Albans damp proofing, Chipperfield damp proofing, Redbourn damp proofing, Abbots Langley damp proofing services and more. All of these villages and towns are covered by companies who do damp proofing. Hemel Hempstead home and business owners can get damp proofing estimates by going here.

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