Damp Proofing Okehampton

Okehampton Damp Proofing & Timber Treatment

Damp Proofing Okehampton Devon (EX20): Having problems with damp in your house in Okehampton can lead to severe structural and health issues, as well as appearing awful. If not solved promptly, the more serious issues can cost you thousands of pounds to repair, and might be hidden away beneath damp patches and peeling wallpaper. If you think you may have damp problems you need to bring in a competent Okehampton damp proofing specialist to inspect your property, and recommend the most effective damp proofing solution for your home or business.

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Basically, in terms of damp in the home there are three fundamental problem areas:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

The following paragraphs describe what causes such damp problems in Okehampton, and the different methods of avoiding and solving them.

PENETRATING DAMP

Things like cracked or loose roof tiles, damaged guttering, cracks in brickwork and cavity wall problems are common external factors of penetrating damp in your home. Inside your Okehampton home, it can be a result of cracked shower trays, overflowing basins or baths and burst or leaking pipes. If left unresolved, peeling or bubbling paintwork, dark damp patches on walls and broken or blistering plaster, will be the obvious upshot of water soaking into the woodwork and walls.

If left untreated for a while, a leaking roof can cause wet rot to develop in your roof timbers. Wet rot cannot spread into your brickwork, but having it can mean that in the worst case your roof timbers become structurally unsound, requiring a new roof. If black fungus appears on any woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to the touch, you could have the beginnings of wet rot.

Preventative maintenance can be relatively basic, such as inspecting pipes for leaks, cleaning and checking your roof and gutters for leaks and repointing brickwork. As part of an overall damp proofing service, your local Okehampton damp proofing company will check all these areas.

CONDENSATION

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A common form of damp within many properties in Okehampton, condensation is super easy to spot. When humid, warm air makes contact with colder surfaces, minute droplets of water rapidly form. It often manifests due to poor ventilation in areas where there is high humidity, i.e. bathrooms, boiler rooms and kitchens.

Wiping away any droplets that form, and ensuring there is sufficient ventilation in the main trouble spots, are amongst the simplest answers to such issues. Redirecting moisture laden air to the outside of your home in Okehampton, by installing or upgrading extractor fans, cooker hoods and air bricks, will help you to eliminate this problem.

A detailed damp proof survey by a professional Okehampton company may also find areas which bring about the issue by drawing in damp air from outside. Airflow must be properly regulated to adequately minimise condensation, and a competent damp proofing specialist will be able to offer advice and solutions on this topic.

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RISING DAMP

Ever since 1875, a damp proof course or membrane has been compulsory in all homes constructed in the UK. It is possible that you may not have one fitted if your home or property in Okehampton was built before this time. If you're experiencing rising damp in a home constructed after this time it is possible that your damp proof membrane or course has been somehow or other.

Rising damp can be rather difficult to identify, but some things to look for are; a white powdery deposit appearing on walls or being found on floor surfaces, crumbling or rotten skirtings and "tide marks" on walls. It's plausible that you could have a rising damp problem if you've spotted one or all of these in your property.

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The initial step towards fixing your rising damp should be to simply check whether you have in fact got a DPM on the exterior walls of your property in Okehampton. To be certain of a satisfactory measure of protection the damp proof membrane ought to be above ground level by at least 150mm. If you find this gap doesn't exist, you could dig the soil away to increase it, or if this process is not possible, a higher DPM (damp proof membrane) will need to be put in.

If your DPM is installed and in order and the gap is not the root cause of the problem, dampness may be coming up through your floors and into your walls, which could be a more serious issue.

Okehampton damp proofing professionals will swiftly be able to ascertain the causes of your rising damp, and using a number of different methods will quickly fix the problem. If you've got an older house with no damp proof membrane or one that is damaged over a significant area, a damp proofing cream (such as Permaguard) can be carefully injected into your walls. Evenly spaced holes are drilled at intervals in the brickwork, and a special nozzle is used to inject the cream, which then diffuses before curing to create an effective waterproof barrier.

If the damp proofing cream treatment isn't appropriate, or the damage is too extensive to your DPM, a new damp proof course might have to be installed. While this level of repair work is a pretty extreme way to solve damp problems, it might be your only solution in the final analysis.

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Painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is another potential remedy for less severe areas of membrane damage. This has to be applied under your current floor coverings, so tiles, wood flooring and carpets must be lifted prior to work being undertaken. Also used as part of the "tanking" procedure to make a space watertight, this is an especially efficacious solution in basements. For added protection in such trouble spots, your Okehampton damp proofing specialist might suggest the use of building paper (a special foil backed membrane) before the bitumen paint has has dried out completely.

Tanking: Tanking an area, such as a cellar or basement, is a process of covering exposed surfaces with a waterproof paint. This has to be applied at the base level of floors and walls, so all plaster and wall coverings must be removed and the appropriate surfaces properly prepared before work commences. When the coating has been put on and is dry, it's then the time to replaster and decorate over the top. Because it must be applied to a whole basement level or ground floor of a property, this is an extremely disruptive process. It is therefore advisable to seek the advice of more than one damp proofing specialist to make sure that this is really the only possible remedy.

DEHUMIDIFIERS AS A SOLUTION TO DAMP PROBLEMS

Dehumidifiers are an effective way of lowering the moisture content in the air, hence for issues with condensation they can help quite a lot. The main downside with dehumidifiers in trying to stop damp and mould is that they only hide the cause of the damp, don't get rid of it. An experienced damp proofing specialist in Okehampton will be ready to give you advice on possible solutions if you are experiencing mould or damp in any part of your property.

FINDING A RELIABLE DAMP PROOF EXPERT IN OKEHAMPTON

The most trustworthy recommendations for local specialists when it comes to home improvement projects are usually friends and neighbours. Always obtain at least 3 or 4 different quotations from a variety of companies, and if in any doubt you can ask to see evidence of professional membership certificates and qualifications, before hiring any damp proofing services.

Keep an eye out for technicians holding the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments or the CSTDB (Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness) professional qualifications, or local companies who are signed up members of the DPA (Damp Proofing Association) or the Property Care Association.

Membership of the PCA or DPA guarantees your preferred damp proofing specialist is properly qualified and has the necessary experience to provide you with a top notch damp proof service. In addition, it offers a guarantee over any work supplied by one of their members.

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Damp proofing services are available in in Okehampton and also nearby in: Inwardleigh, Sticklepath, Coombe Head, Chichacott, Graddon Cross, Stockley Hamlet, Bridestowe, Thorndon Cross, Sourton, Sampford Courtenay, Folly Gate, Northlew, Belstone Corner, Exbourne, and in these postcodes EX20 1DD, EX20 1AU, EX20 1LE, EX20 1HS, EX20 1FW, EX20 1EX, EX20 1ND, EX20 1DW, EX20 1FA, EX20 1LR. Local Okehampton damp proof specialists will most likely have the dialling code 01837 and the postcode EX20. Verifying this should ensure that you access locally based providers of damp proofing. Okehampton property owners are able to benefit from these and numerous other damp proofing services.

Okehampton Damp Proofing Tasks

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There is a wide range of work that can be carried out by your local Okehampton damp proofing specialist including landlord damp proofing services, damp proof sealing in Okehampton, structural waterproofing, rising damp solutions, cavity wall construction, timber treatments, damp proof tanking, chemical DPC injection in Okehampton, solving condensation problems, timber surveys, damp control, damp proofing assessments, damp proofing concrete floors, cementitious tanking, solving mould problems, damp proofing rates, wood rot treatment, pressure grouting, damp proofing brickwork, rendering repairs, concrete repair, damp proofing old stone walls, injection damp proofing Okehampton, damp proofing walls, leak detection Okehampton, vapour barrier installation, damp proofing surveys, damp proofing a garage, flood defence Okehampton, damp proof cream applications Okehampton, damp treatments, property preservation, damp proofing services, rising damp prevention, wet rot treatments, and more. Listed are just a small portion of the duties that are conducted by those doing damp proofing. Okehampton specialists will be happy to inform you of their full range of damp proofing services.

Family & Friends Recommendations

It is invariably really useful to ask if friends and relatives have any recommendations when looking for a professional damp proofing contractor for your project or undertaking in Okehampton. Personal references are often the most effective way choose someone who is perfect for your needs, and can equally filter out a third-rate contractor or a company that has a dissatisfactory track record.

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Getting the advice of a family member or friend also means that you'll be able to discover if anything went wrong, how quickly problems were rectified, and how the contractor reacted. Additionally you can get some insights into the timekeeping and reliability of the contractor concerned. They should be in a position to advise you how accurate the original quote was in comparison with the final price, which, unless they've got a guaranteed price promise, is sometimes hard to obtain from the contractors directly.

You can count on your friends and relatives to be truthful and honest, so they should be your first point of reference when it comes to advice. If they've had an unsatisfactory experience in dealing with a particular company or contractor, they may well be hesitant to discuss them in any detail. You may face a situation where some people will be perfectly willing to discuss a good contractor, less inclined to mention an inferior one, and rather than 'bad mouth' a far from ideal business they have had dealings with previously, they may even suggest a different company instead.

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Also find: Folly Gate damp proofing, Chichacott damp proofing, Sticklepath damp proofing, Coombe Head damp proofing, Bridestowe damp proofing, Exbourne damp proofing, Thorndon Cross damp proofing, Inwardleigh damp proofing, Stockley Hamlet damp proofing, Northlew damp proofing, Belstone Corner damp proofing, Graddon Cross damp proofing, Sampford Courtenay damp proofing, Sourton damp proofing services and more. The majority of these towns and villages are catered for by companies who do damp proofing. Okehampton property owners can get quotes by clicking here.

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Damp Proofing Around Okehampton: Damp proofing work has recently been done in the following Okehampton streets and roads - Laburnum Way, Parklands, Church Avenue, Fox Close, Tarka Close, South Church Lane, Jacob's Pool, Holley Park, Courtenay Road, Fern Meadow, Berryball Close, Turpins Plot, Newcombe Close, Station Road, Jubilee Close, Balmoral Crescent, Beans Meadow, Lower Crooked Meadow, Luxmore Way, North Street, Vicarage Road, Darkey Lane, St James Street, Kingfisher Drive, Northfield Road, as well as these Okehampton area postcodes: EX20 1DD, EX20 1AU, EX20 1LE, EX20 1HS, EX20 1FW, EX20 1EX, EX20 1ND, EX20 1DW, EX20 1FA, EX20 1LR. These locations recently saw activity by specialists in damp proofing. Okehampton residents enjoyed professional and dependable damp proofing services on each occasion.

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(This damp proofing Okehampton information was updated on 19-05-2022)