Damp Proofing Looe

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Damp Proofing Looe Cornwall (PL13): Having problems with damp in your property in Looe can contribute to serious health and structural problems, as well as being unsightly in appearance. If not remedied speedily, some of the more serious issues can cost you thousands of pounds to repair, and may be hidden away beneath damp patches and peeling wallpaper. If you have a problem such as this there's very little that you can do to solve it yourself, and the wisest thing to do is to call in a certified Looe damp proofing specialist to do a thorough inspection and recommend solutions.

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

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

These three key kinds of damp are reviewed in more detail below, together with suggestions for prevention and resolution, if you should find them in your house in Looe.

PENETRATING DAMP

Some of the external factors that may lead to penetrating damp in a building include: loose or broken roof tiles, porous brickwork, blocked cavities and defective downpipes or gutters. From within, damaged shower trays, overflowing bathtubs or basins and burst or dripping pipes, can lead to penetrating damp. If water continues to seep into the woodwork and walls, the obvious signs with time are going to be dark, damp patches on walls, blistering or broken plaster and flaking paintwork.

If you've got a leaking roof that's been left untreated for a while, your roofing timbers can be stricken with wet rot. If worse comes to worse, you might even have to replace the entire roof, as wet rot can cause severe issues with the structural integrity of your roofing timbers. If black fungus starts to appear on your woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to touch, you might have a case of wet rot. It is essential to act promptly to prevent further structural harm and the potential need for expensive roof replacement, should you notice any signs of wet rot.

You should not fret however, because to prevent these problems from occurring, a few simple steps such as cleaning your roof & gutters and checking for leaks, inspecting pipework for leaks and repointing unsound brickwork, should avoid such issues. An experienced damp proofer in Looe will check all of these areas to help prevent any future problems, as an integral part of solving your issues with damp.

CONDENSATION

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One of the most common reasons for dampness is condensation, and lots of houses in Looe have problems with this. Tiny water droplets form on cool surfaces when they come into contact with moist, warm air. Where a high level of humidity is present, as in boiler rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, condensation is often caused by poor ventilation.

To reduce condensation problems, easy strategies include ensuring you've got adequate ventilation in the worst affected areas, and wiping up any droplets of water as soon as they arise. This might call for the upgrading or installation of extractor fans, air bricks and cooker hoods to help remove the humid air outside of your house.

An in-depth damp proofing survey by a reliable Looe specialist may also find factors which give rise to the situation by drawing in damp air from the outside. An expert on this subject will be able to provide guidance, solutions and information on this matter, because to make sure condensation problems are controlled, any circulation and airflow within the home must be effectively regulated.

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RISING DAMP

A damp proof course has been compulsory on homes built in Great Britain since 1875. It's quite possible that you might not have one installed if your home in Looe was constructed in the years before this. It's a possibility that your damp proof membrane or course could have been damaged in some way if you are experiencing rising damp problems in a property built after this date.

It can be hard to distinguish rising damp, however some giveaway signs are; rotten or crumbling skirting boards, "tide marks" on walls and a white powdery deposit forming on walls or being found on floor surfaces. It is possible that you may have a rising damp issue if you have spotted one or all of these.

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Fixing rising damp problems can be as straightforward as checking your home's external walls and seeing if you can spot a DPM. It needs to be 150 millimetres above ground level for adequate protection. Where you discover this gap does not exist, you can dig away the earth to increase it, or if this approach isn't feasible, a higher damp proof membrane will have to be installed.

If your damp proof membrane is in order and the gap isn't the cause of the problem, dampness could be rising up through your flooring and into your walls, which could be a more serious issue.

Using a number of different methods, damp proofing specialists in Looe can quickly detect and remedy rising damp. A damp proofing cream (such as Dryzone) can be carefully injected into your walls if you've got a somewhat older property with no DPM, or one that's damaged over a substantial area. This entails drilling holes at intervals in your brickwork and the special cream injected with a nozzle to fill the gaps behind the brickwork down to below ground level.

If the deterioration of your membrane is too extensive, or if damp proofing cream injection is not an appropriate solution, you might have to install a brand new damp proof course. Though this is obviously a fairly extreme plan of action, it could be the only way to resolve your rising damp successfully.

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Painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is another potential option for minimal areas of damage. This has to be applied underneath your current floor coverings, so carpeting, tiles and wooden flooring will need to be lifted before any work can be done. In cellar areas this is a particularly effectual treatment, and will form an integral part of the tanking process which is used to make spaces watertight. For added protection in these problem areas, your Looe damp proofing expert may suggest applying building paper (a foil backed specialist membrane) before the bitumen paint has completely dried out.

Tanking: Tanking a room, like a cellar or basement, is the process of coating exposed surfaces in a waterproof paint. As this watertight coating needs to be applied to the bare surface of floors and walls, any plaster and wall covering must be removed before work commences, and the surfaces prepared correctly. As soon as this paint has been put on and is dry, it's then possible to replaster and decorate on top of it. You should always get more than one specialist opinion about whether this really is the only resolution to your rising damp, because this is an incredibly disruptive job since it has to be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a building.

SOLVING DAMP WITH DEHUMIDIFIERS

To help ease problems with condensation, you can try using dehumidifiers, which for lowering the moisture content of the air, are very effective. The main disadvantage with the use of dehumidifiers in trying to eliminate damp and mould is that they just mask the cause of the damp, don't cure it. If you're experiencing damp in any area of your property in Looe, you should contact an experienced damp proofing company for the most reliable advice.

FINDING A RELIABLE DAMP PROOF COMPANY IN LOOE

Neighbours and friends should always be your first choice when you're looking for recommendations for local specialists. Always obtain at least 2 or 3 different quotations from various local companies, and if you are in any doubt you can ask to see qualifications and professional memberships, before signing up for any damp proofing services.

Look for membership of and qualifications from trade bodies such as the Property Care Association (PCA) or the Damp Proofing Association (DPA), or contractors holding the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) or the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB) qualifications.

You can guarantee that your damp proofing specialist is well qualified and has acquired the necessary experience to offer a first class damp proof service, if they have membership of either the PCA or DPA. Any work accomplished by any one of their members also comes with a guarantee.

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PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) Looe

PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) may be the ideal solution for reducing issues with damp in your house in Looe. If you've noticed damp and mould in your home or condensation on your windows then PIV can help by reducing the humidity. It accomplishes this by constantly supplying a flow of fresh air. This constant refresh and replacement of the air inside your house increases air quality, reduces pollutants and odours and has been proven to enhance the daily life of asthma and allergy sufferers by reducing dust mite allergens. Some considerations for PIV systems is that it works better when installed in an attic, and your premises does need to be relatively airtight. Air, like water, will take the path of least resistance, and any gaps in windows or doors will let the fresh air get out, whilst bringing potentially contaminated air in.

Looe Damp Proofing Tasks

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There is a wide range of work that can be completed by your local Looe damp proofing specialist including landlord damp proofing services, flood defence in Looe, damp proof paint applications, damp proof coursing, black mould prevention in Looe, timber surveys Looe, cellar tanking, damp proofing a garage, brickwork damp proofing Looe, solutions for rising damp, structural waterproofing, damp proofing inspections, injection damp proofing, replacement of defective flashingsdamp proof course, plaster replacement, positive input ventilation (PIV) in Looe, chemical DPC injection, cavity wall tie replacement in Looe, damp proof cream treatments, damp proofing surveys, commercial tanking in Looe, penetrating damp treatments, defective damp proof course replacement in Looe, dampcourse installations, external damp proofing Looe, home damp proofing in Looe, japanese knotweed control Looe, damp control, condensation control, rendering repairs, damp proofing concrete floors, wall damp proofing Looe, property preservation, damp proof membrane installation, missing DPC installations, and more. Listed are just a selection of the duties that are undertaken by those specialising in damp proofing. Looe companies will be delighted to keep you abreast of their whole range of damp proofing services.

Leave Them a Review

For any business in Looe, reviews are their lifeblood, and the difference between a potential client choosing a particular company, or going elsewhere, can be whether or not they have excellent online reviews. Why not take the time to thank somebody who's done a good job, by posting a review of their performance and workmanship. Telling others about your first hand knowledge will be beneficial to any possible client and also to the company itself. You might cast your mind back to how reviews helped you to decide when you were initially trying to find someone to do your damp proofing work. Even if you had visited a company website which looks extremely professional, you would likely have looked at other providers if they did not have positive reviews and testimonials.

Leaving a Review

However, when you are on a company's own website, precisely how much trust can be put on so called customer reviews that you see? Are they composed by actual customers or by some member of the company trying to push their services?

Instead of trusting these, you should head to the reviews on Google My Business listings, where you'll find more genuine and honest reviews on businesses in Looe. Most would agree that this is THE review website to ascertain the reputation of a company, and also impacts a business's ranking in the various search engines. Google My Business's key rival and the second biggest local company review area is Bing Places for Business, which is operated by Microsoft. An overview of the dependability and standards of a company that worked successfully on your project can be provided by leaving a review here, and at the same time you could help raise their profile the area. Just as effective is posting testimonials on Facebook and Twitter relating to the company you want to support. These social media websites will form a major part of any small company's advertising campaigns. Adding your own approving review should go some way to reinforcing their marketing message, and will help other individuals who are interested in services of a similar nature.

Although a hand-written thank you letter is a bit 'old school' these days, this is still perfectly appropriate. Letters such as this can be mounted in a frame for display in offices or reception areas, compiled to form a review portfolio which is handy in one on one meetings with potential clients, or scanned and published on the reviews page of the company's website or Facebook page. It is an amazing feeling knowing that you might have helped a local small business, regardless of how you created your review. (Tags: Looe Damp Proofing Company Reviews)

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(This damp proofing Looe article was updated on 08-02-2024)