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Damp Proofing Kirkcaldy Scotland (KY1): Having damp problems in your property in Kirkcaldy can result in severe health and structural problems, as well as being unattractive in appearance. Horrible damp patches and peeling wallpaper can conceal much more serious issues which, if not resolved quickly, may cost thousands to repair. If you have a problem such as this there is very little that you can do to solve it yourself, and the best course of action is to get in touch with an established Kirkcaldy damp proofing specialist to undertake a thorough inspection and recommend solutions.

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In Kirkcaldy homes there are three main problem areas of how damp can affect your property:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

These three key types of damp are outlined in greater detail in this article, along with tips on prevention and resolution, in the event you discover them in your house in Kirkcaldy.

PENETRATING DAMP

Commonplace external factors that can cause penetrating damp in your home include: broken roof tiles, damaged guttering, cavity wall issues and cracks in brickwork. Internally, the causes can be overflowing sinks or baths, leaking or burst pipes and cracked shower trays. If left to continue leaking these elements enable water to seep into woodwork and walls, which in time result in flaking or bubbling paintwork, blistering or broken plaster and damp dark patches on walls.

If neglected for some time, a leaky roof can cause wet rot in your roof timbers. Although it does not spread into the brickwork, wet rot can cause your roof timbers to become structurally dangerous, and in a worst case scenario you may even need to have a new roof installed - extremely expensive! If black fungus appears on any woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to touch, you may have the beginnings of wet rot.

Preventative measures can be basic, such as repointing brickwork, cleaning and checking your gutters and roof for leaks and examining piping for leaks. As an integral part of a complete damp proofing arrangement, your local Kirkcaldy damp proofing specialist will check out all of these aspects.

CONDENSATION

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A common form of damp within many properties in Kirkcaldy, condensation is extremely easy to identify. When warm, humid air comes into contact with colder surfaces, droplets of water immediately appear. Inadequate ventilation in areas with high humidity, such as in boiler rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, is the most common explanation for condensation.

To prevent condensation problems, simple strategies include making sure that you have sufficient ventilation in the affected areas, and wiping up any droplets of water whenever they appear. This may require the installation or updating of extractor fans, cooker hoods and air bricks to help redirect the humid air outside of your home.

The most effective way to find out the key factors that play a role in the situation, is to have a detailed damp proofing survey done by a dependable Kirkcaldy company. Occasionally damp air is drawn in from the outside, simply making matters worse. An effective way to successfully minimise condensation is to properly regulate airflow, and your local Kirkcaldy damp proofing technician will be able to give you advice and guidance on how this can be accomplished.

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RISING DAMP

Homes constructed since 1875 in the UK have been required to have a damp proof course or membrane to be installed as standard. If your property was built before this period it's possible that you may not have one installed. It's a possibility that your damp proof course or damp proof membrane might have been damaged if you are experiencing rising damp issues in a home built after this date.

It can be tricky to distinguish rising damp, however some giveaway indications are; "tide marks" on walls, crumbling or rotten skirtings and white powdery deposits being found on floor surfaces or forming on walls. Although the existence of one or more of these is not conclusive, they are all indications of rising damp.

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Fixing rising damp issues can be as easy as checking your property's external walls and seeing if you can see a damp course. It should be 150 millimetres (approximately 6") above the level of the ground for adequate protection. You can dig the surrounding ground away to create this gap if it is currently not sufficient, or you can put in a higher damp proof membrane if the former isn't feasible.

You could have more problematic issues if you learn that your damp course is fine, and it may be that the damp is rising from the ground, up through your flooring, and into your home's walls, which is going to be even more of a concern.

Kirkcaldy damp proofing professionals will swiftly be able to identify the explanation for your rising damp issues, and using a range of techniques will soon fix the problem. Older properties which either have no damp proof membrane, or have a compromised one that is damaged over a significant area, can be treated with a damp proof injection cream such as Permaguard. This involves the drilling of holes at intervals into your brickwork and the special cream injected with a nozzle to fill the gaps behind the brickwork down to below ground level.

If the damage to the DPM is too severe, or if damp proofing injection cream is not a satisfactory solution, you might have to install a brand new damp proof course. While this sort of repair work is a fairly drastic way to solve damp problems, it may be the only solution at the end of the day.

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Another possible solution for smaller areas of damage may include painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion coating. This will be applied beneath your floor coverings, so tiles, wood flooring and carpets must be lifted prior to work being done. This is particularly efficacious in basements as an integral part of the "tanking" process to create a watertight room. Your Kirkcaldy damp proof technician might recommend the laying of building paper (a foil backed specialist membrane) before the bitumen coating has completely dried, extra protection in these trouble spots.

Tanking: In cellars and below ground areas of a house, "tanking" is the process where any surfaces that are exposed are covered in a watertight coating. This has to be applied on the base surface of floors and walls, so any wall covering and plaster must be removed and the surfaces correctly prepared before work commences. Once this paint has been put on and is dry, it's then possible to replaster any walls and decorate on top of it. You should invariably get more than one specialist's opinion about whether this really is the only treatment for your damp problems, since this is an incredibly disruptive process because it must be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a building.

SOLVING DAMP WITH A DEHUMIDIFIER

Condensation problems can certainly be helped by the use of dehumidifiers, which are a highly effective way to remove moisture from the air. The fact that they primarily cover up the cause of the damp and not cure it, is the downside with the use of dehumidifiers. To obtain the most reliable advice if you are experiencing dampness in any part of your property, you should get in touch with a competent damp proofing company in Kirkcaldy.

FINDING A RELIABLE DAMP PROOF COMPANY IN KIRKCALDY

The most trustworthy recommendations for professionals with regards to home improvements are usually neighbours and friends. When possible you should always see if you can get at least three different estimates from a variety of companies, and before employing any specific damp proofing providers, you should ask to look at professional membership certificates and qualifications, as evidence of their trustworthiness.

Professional Kirkcaldy damp proofing specialists ought to be signed up members of either the Property Care Association or the Damp Proofing Association (DPA), or have professional qualifications from the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) or the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB).

You can be certain that your damp proofing specialist is well qualified and has acquired the appropriate working experience to offer a high quality damp proofing service, if they are members of either the PCA or DPA. Such professional memberships also means there are guarantees for any remedial work performed.

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Damp proofing services are available in in Kirkcaldy and also in: Markinch, Kinghorn, Lochore, Aberdour, Cardenden, Methil, Auchtertool, Lochgelly, Buckhaven, West Wemyss, Windygates, Dysart, Cowdenbeath, Thornton, Kinglassie, Coaltown of Balgonie, Burntisland, and in these postcodes KY1 1HB, KY1 1JN, KY1 1RD, KY1 1NX, KY1 1PL, KY1 1GH, KY1 1HA, KY1 1RP, KY1 1RE, KY1 1JP. Local Kirkcaldy damp proofers will most likely have the telephone code 01592 and the postcode KY1. Checking this can ensure that you access local providers of damp proofing. Kirkcaldy home and business owners will be able to benefit from these and many other damp proofing services.

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In the Scotland area you'll also discover: Dunkeld damp proofers, Saltcoats damp proofers, Auchinleck damp proofing specialists, Carluke damp proofers, Lauder damp proof specialists, Dreghorn damp proof specialists, Cruden Bay damp proof specialists, Kincardine damp proof specialists, Dailly damp proofing, Longforgan damp proofing specialists, Conon Bridge damp proofing specialists, Fenwick damp proofing specialists, Kingskettle damp proofing, Pitlochry damp proofers, Lossiemouth damp proofers, St Boswells damp proofing specialists, Larbert damp proofing, Lennoxtown damp proofing specialists, New Stevenston damp proofers, Erskine damp proofers, Cardenden damp proofing specialists, Auchtermuchty damp proof specialists, Lesmahagow damp proofing specialists, Abernethy damp proofing, Campbeltown damp proofing, Kilwinning damp proofing specialists, Blackburn damp proofers, Thornton damp proofing specialists, Perth damp proof specialists, Comrie damp proofing.

Throughout Scotland 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 ideal damp proof specialist in Kirkcaldy itself then you should be able to find one close by.

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There is a range of work that can be conducted by your local Kirkcaldy damp proof specialist including efflorescence treatments, damp proofing services, cavity wall construction in Kirkcaldy, retaining wall damp proofing Kirkcaldy, flood defence, wall damp proofing Kirkcaldy, penetrating damp treatments, basement damp proofing Kirkcaldy, damp proofing internal walls in Kirkcaldy, damp proof membranes in Kirkcaldy, pressure grouting, cellar water-proofing Kirkcaldy, garage damp proofing Kirkcaldy, damp proofing injection cream treatments, rising damp treatments, condensation control, wall tie replacement in Kirkcaldy, commercial damp proofing Kirkcaldy, leak detection in Kirkcaldy, timber surveys, property preservation, dry rot treatment Kirkcaldy, rendering repairs, property surveys, floor damp proofing Kirkcaldy, mould treatments in Kirkcaldy, timber preservation, commercial tanking, chemical DPC injection, injection damp proofing in Kirkcaldy, rising damp advice in Kirkcaldy, damp proof coursing, damp proofing concrete floors, cementitious tanking in Kirkcaldy, wet rot treatment, damp proofing assessments, landlord damp proofing services, and more. Listed are just some of the activities that are performed by those specialising in damp proofing. Kirkcaldy professionals will inform you of their full range of services.

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Also find: Kinglassie damp proofing, Kinghorn damp proofing, Auchtertool damp proofing, Aberdour damp proofing, Markinch damp proofing, West Wemyss damp proofing, Dysart damp proofing, Coaltown of Balgonie damp proofing, Buckhaven damp proofing, Lochgelly damp proofing, Burntisland damp proofing, Windygates damp proofing, Cowdenbeath damp proofing, Cardenden damp proofing, Methil damp proofing, Lochore damp proofing, Thornton damp proofing services and more. All these locations are served by companies who do damp proofing. Kirkcaldy business and home owners can get damp proofing price quotes by going here.

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Damp Proofing Around Kirkcaldy: Some Kirkcaldy streets and areas where damp proofing work has recently been undertaken - Valley Gardens South, Balwearie Road, Bank Street, Lismore Place, School Lane, Alloway Drive, Mitchell Place, Muirton Villa, Wedderburn Road, Pitkinnie Cottage, Torridon Place, Leslie Street, Beauly Place, Linum Grove, Oswald Court, Beaufort Crescent, St. Fillans Road, Branning Court, Chiefs Close, Dalmahoy Crescent, Pitreavie Place, Broadleys, Rannoch Road, Chapelhill, Ranfurly Gardens, Bennochy Gardens, North Glassmount Cottage, West Balbairdie, Portland Gardens, Craigearn Avenue, as well as these local Kirkcaldy postcodes: KY1 1HB, KY1 1JN, KY1 1RD, KY1 1NX, KY1 1PL, KY1 1GH, KY1 1HA, KY1 1RP, KY1 1RE, KY1 1JP. These places recently saw activity by specialists in damp proofing. Kirkcaldy homeowners benefited from dependable and top notch damp proofing services on each occasion.

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