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Damp Proofing Northfleet Kent (DA11): It isn't simply the fact that problems with damp look terrible, they can also induce health issues and lead to serious structural damages. Costing thousands to repair if not dealt with promptly, more extreme issues can easily be hidden under flaking paint, patches of damp and peeling wallpaper. If you think you might have such damp issues you need to bring in an experienced Northfleet damp proofing specialist to check out your property, and recommend the most beneficial damp proofing strategy for your home or business.

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With regards to dampness in Northfleet homes, there are essentially three key types:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

Below you will find details of what could cause damp issues in your home or business in Northfleet, and exactly how you might proceed with rectifying them.

PENETRATING DAMP

Penetrating damp in your home can be the result of a whole host of external factors such as: cracked roof tiles, cavity wall issues, unsound brickwork and damaged guttering. Inside a home, leaky or burst pipes, damaged shower trays and overflowing sinks or bathtubs, can lead to penetrating damp. If left unchecked, damp dark patches on walls, blistered or broken plaster and peeling or bubbling paintwork, will be the noticeable outcome of water seeping into the woodwork and walls.

If left untreated over a long period of time, a leaky roof can cause wet rot in your roof timbers. Wet rot doesn't spread into your brickwork, but having it can mean that in a worst case scenario your roof timbers become structurally compromised, requiring a new roof. If a black fungus appears on your woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to touch, you could have a case of wet rot.

You should not panic however, because to prevent these problems happening, a few basic steps like inspecting pipework for leaks, repointing dodgy brickwork and cleaning and checking your rain gutters and roof for leaks should reduce such concerns. If you employ the services of a reliable Northfleet damp proofing firm, they will check all these factors as a part of your overall damp proofing arrangement.

CONDENSATION

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One of the most common forms of damp within many properties in Northfleet, condensation is extremely easy to identify. When humid, warm air makes contact with colder surfaces, tiny droplets of water quickly appear. It often manifests because of poor ventilation in places where high humidity is present, i.e. bathrooms, boiler rooms and kitchens.

Wiping up any droplets that appear, and making sure there's sufficient ventilation in the affected areas, are among the most basic answers to such issues. The steps needed may require the updating or installation of cooker hoods, air bricks and extractor fans, with the purpose of redirecting damp air outside of your home in Northfleet.

The best way to identify the main circumstances that bring about the situation, is to have a detailed damp proofing survey carried out by an experienced Northfleet company. In some cases damp air is sucked in from outside, plainly making matters even worse. To satisfactorily minimise condensation problems, airflow has to be regulated properly. An experienced Northfleet damp proofing company will be more than happy to offer solutions and advice in this regard.

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RISING DAMP

Ever since 1875, a damp proof course or membrane has been compulsory in all houses constructed in the UK. It is quite possible that you might not have one fitted if your home in Northfleet was built before this year. If you are suffering with rising damp in a home constructed after this date it might be that your damp proof course or damp proof membrane has been damaged in some way.

Although rather difficult to distinguish, crumbling or rotten skirtings, white powdery deposits being discovered on floor surfaces or forming on walls and tide marks on walls, are all giveaway clues that you might have rising damp. Whilst the existence of one or more of these is not conclusive, they are all clear indicators of rising damp issues.

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Simply checking your home's outside walls to find out if you've got a DPM can be the first step towards solving your rising damp. It needs to be 150mm above ground level for satisfactory protection. If you discover that this gap does not exist, you can dig away the ground to increase it, or if this approach is not feasible, a higher damp proof membrane (DPM) will need to be put in.

If your DPM (damp proof membrane) is installed and in order and the gap isn't the explanation for the problem, dampness could be rising up through your flooring and into your walls, which might be a more serious issue.

Damp proofing experts in Northfleet can quickly detect and remedy rising damp using a number of different techniques. A damp proof cream (such as Dryzone) can be injected into your walls if you have a somewhat older home with no DPM, or one that's damaged over a considerable area. This special cream is injected with a nozzle into evenly spaced holes drilled along the mortar course, and before the cream sets it diffuses into the adjoining brickwork forming a barrier that is water-repellent.

If the damage to the DPM is too severe, or if damp proofing cream injection isn't an appropriate solution, you may need to put in a new damp proof course. This is the most extreme of repair works, but it could be the only answer to your damp problems.

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Another potential remedy for smaller areas of damp course damage might include painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion coating. Wood flooring, tiles or carpets will have to be lifted prior to work being undertaken, as it's applied under your current floor coverings. Also used as part of the tanking procedure to create a waterproof space, this is an especially efficacious treatment in basement areas. For further protection in those troublesome areas, your Northfleet damp proof specialist might recommend the laying of building paper (a foil backed specialist membrane) before the bitumen paint has dried completely.

Tanking: Tanking a room, like a cellar or part below ground area, is a process of covering exposed surfaces with a waterproof paint. All plaster and wall coverings must be removed and the surfaces correctly prepared before any work begins, as this coating has to be applied on the base surface of walls and floors. As soon as this coating has been applied and is dry, it's then possible to replaster and decorate over the top. You must always obtain more than one expert's opinion about whether this is really the only answer to your damp problems, because this is an extremely disruptive process since it must be applied to an entire basement level or ground floor of a building.

SOLVING DAMP WITH DEHUMIDIFIERS

To help with condensation problems, you could always try dehumidifiers, which for lowering the moisture content of the air, are fairly efficacious. The fact that they merely mask the cause of the damp and not get rid of it, is the main drawback with dehumidifier use. If you are experiencing damp in any part of your home in Northfleet, you should contact a professional damp proofing specialist for the most reliable advice.

FINDING A REPUTABLE DAMP PROOF COMPANY IN NORTHFLEET

Friends and neighbours should always be the first port of call when you're trying to get recommendations and testimonials for local specialists. When possible you should always try to acquire at least three different quotations from a number of companies, and before employing any specific damp proof services, you should ask to look at professional memberships and accreditations, as proof of their credibility.

Look out for technicians holding the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) or the Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness (CSTDB) accreditations, or local companies who are members of the PCA (Property Care Association) or the Damp Proofing Association (DPA).

If your selected Northfleet damp proofing specialists are members of the PCA or DPA they'll be suitably qualified and have acquired the necessary practical experience to offer you a first class service for your damp proofing problems. Such memberships also means there are certain guarantees for any remedial work carried out.

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Damp proofing services are available in in Northfleet and also nearby in: Southfleet, Milton, Cliffe Woods, Swanscombe, Shorne, Crayford, Perry Street, Hartley, Bean, Denton, Darenth, Istead Rise, Greenhithe, Cobham, Higham, Stone, Gravesend, Luddesdown, Singlewell, as well as in these postcodes DA11 8BH, DA11 7AP, DA11 8AE, DA11 8GL, DA11 0RA, DA11 7BW, DA11 7JA, DA11 7EY, DA11 8AX, DA11 7HP. Locally based Northfleet damp proofers will probably have the dialling code 01474 and the postcode DA11. Verifying this can make certain that you access locally based providers of damp proofing. Northfleet property owners are able to benefit from these and lots of other related services.

Friends & Family Recommendations

Whenever you are in need of professionals for any project or service, it is invariably a good idea to turn to friends and family members for recommendations. It is generally acknowledged, that word of mouth referrals are the preferred solution with regards to choosing someone who's ideal for your requirements, and can also be a great help in filtering out contractors who aren't up to the task, or Kent companies with less than complimentary records of service.

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If you are aware that an acquaintance or family member has used a particular contractor, you could ask whether anything went wrong during the work, if so, how rapidly it was addressed, and how did the contractor react as a result. You'll also get an insight into their reliability and timekeeping They will be in a position to tell you how the final price compared to the original quotation they were presented with, or if the contractor offers a guaranteed price promise.

Finally, the people who you know and can trust are your friends and relations, so when it comes to advice, go to them. If you find it difficult to get details on a particular contractor or company, it's probably because they have had a poor experience in dealing with them. It is frequently the case that some people will be more than willing to discuss a good contractor, but less likely to talk about an inferior one, and rather than 'slag off' a a below par business that they have had dealings with in the past, they may even suggest an alternative company instead.

Northfleet Damp Proofing Tasks

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There are a wide range of tasks that can be undertaken by your local Northfleet damp proofing specialist including wall tie replacement in Northfleet, domestic damp proofing in Northfleet, damp proofing assessments Northfleet, rising damp advice, damp proofing old stone walls, solving mould problems, damp proofing in conservatories Northfleet, pressure grouting, damp control Northfleet, basement tanking, damp proofing floors Northfleet, black mould treatments Northfleet, damp proofing internal walls in Northfleet, solutions for condensation, penetrating damp treatment, damp proofing services, vapour barriers, leak detection, damp proofing concrete floors Northfleet, condensation treatment, plaster replacement, damp proof paint applications, woodworm treatment, damp proof tanking, rendering repairs Northfleet, damp proof sealing, wood rot treatment in Northfleet, damp proofing injection cream treatments, home damp proofing, rising damp prevention in Northfleet, commercial tanking, dry rot control Northfleet, flood defence Northfleet, damp proofing a garage, and more. Listed are just an example of the tasks that are performed by those specialising in damp proofing. Northfleet specialists will keep you informed about their full range of services.

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Also find: Istead Rise damp proofing, Greenhithe damp proofing, Shorne damp proofing, Hartley damp proofing, Crayford damp proofing, Milton damp proofing, Southfleet damp proofing, Darenth damp proofing, Higham damp proofing, Cobham damp proofing, Bean damp proofing, Stone damp proofing, Singlewell damp proofing, Cliffe Woods damp proofing, Perry Street damp proofing, Gravesend damp proofing, Luddesdown damp proofing, Swanscombe damp proofing, Denton damp proofing services and more. All these areas are catered for by companies who do damp proofing. Northfleet home and business owners can get damp proofing estimates by clicking here.

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Damp Proofing Around Northfleet: Households in Grove Road, Dowding Walk, Ladyfields, Hindmarsh Crescent, Old Perry Street, Mill Road, Fielden Terrace, Park Avenue, Lanes Avenue, Nash Croft, Tudor Close, May Avenue, May Avenue Industrial Estate, Fishermens Hill, Waterdales, Constable Road, Springhead Parkway, Stanley Road, Rose Street, Sorrel Way, Earl Road, Oaklands Road, St. Thomas Road, Gwynn Road, Wellesley Corner, Hamerton Road, First Avenue, Cygnet Gardens, Rowmarsh Close, Farlow Close, Tyler Close, have needed damp proofing just recently. Waterproofing work also completed in the following local Northfleet postcodes: DA11 8BH, DA11 7AP, DA11 8AE, DA11 8GL, DA11 0RA, DA11 7BW, DA11 7JA, DA11 7EY, DA11 8AX, DA11 7HP. These areas recently saw activity by experts in damp proofing. Northfleet residents received competent and professional damp proofing services on each occasion.

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