Damp Proofing Pontefract

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Damp Proofing Pontefract West Yorkshire (WF7): It isn't just the fact that problems with damp look unappealing, they can also induce health issues and result in major structural damages. If not remedied speedily, the more critical issues could cost thousands of pounds to repair, and may be concealed beneath peeling wallpaper and patches of damp. If you think you may have damp problems you must get in touch with an experienced Pontefract damp proofing specialist to check your property, and suggest the most suitable damp proofing treatment for your home or business.

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Essentially, when it comes to damp in the home there are three fundamental problem areas:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp


The next paragraphs describe the sources of such damp issues in Pontefract, and the various ways of avoiding and resolving them.


Common external factors that can cause penetrating damp include: cracks in brickwork, cavity wall problems, loose or cracked roof tiles and damaged guttering. From within, it can be created by overflowing sinks or bathtubs, leaking or burst pipes and cracked shower trays. If left to carry on leaking these things enable water to soak into walls and woodwork, which in time result in flaking paintwork, damp dark patches on walls and broken or blistered plaster.

If you've got a leaky roof and it has been left untreated for some time, it can cause wet rot to develop in your roof timbers. Wet rot does not spread into brickwork, but having it can mean that in a worst case scenario your roof timbers become structurally unsound, requiring a new roof. Wet rot can be identified by the appearance of black fungus on your woodwork and a spongy feel to the timber, coupled with a distinctive musty smell from the decaying wood.

You shouldn't fret however, because to stop these problems from happening, a few straightforward steps such as cleaning and checking your roof and gutters for leaks, inspecting pipes for leaks and repointing brickwork should aleviate such concerns. If you use the services of a reliable Pontefract damp proofing company, they'll check all these aspects as part of your overall damp proofing arrangement.


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Condensation is extremely easy to spot and is a common form of damp in many buildings in Pontefract. When warm, moist air makes contact with cooler surfaces, small droplets of water rapidly form. In places where high humidity is present, as in: kitchens, boiler rooms and bathrooms, condensation arises because of inadequate ventilation.

To prevent condensation issues, easy solutions include making certain that you have sufficient ventilation in the worst affected areas, and wiping up any droplets as soon as they appear. This might involve the installation or updating of cooker hoods, air bricks and extractor fans to help remove the moist air to the outside of the building.

An in-depth damp proofing survey from a professional Pontefract company could also find factors which contribute to the situation by drawing in damp air from the outside. Airflow has to be properly regulated to successfully minimise condensation, and a certified damp proofing specialist will offer advice and solutions on this topic.

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Since 1875, a damp proof course has been fitted as standard in all houses built in Great Britain. You may not have a damp proof course on your property in Pontefract if it was built prior to this period. It is a possibility that your damp proof course or damp proof membrane could have been damaged in some way if you are experiencing rising damp issues in a house built after this year.

Although difficult to distinguish, rotten or crumbling skirting boards, "tide marks" on walls and a white powdery deposit appearing on walls or being found on floor surfaces, are all giveaway clues that you may have rising damp. If you notice or think that you might have any of these signs, it is possible that you have a rising damp problem.

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Solving rising damp issues can be as easy as checking your external walls and seeing if you can see a damp course. To be sure of a satisfactory degree of protection the damp proof course needs to be above ground level by no less than 150 millimetres (approximately six inches). If this is not the situation you may be able to dig away the ground to create this gap, or if this isn't feasible, you could put in a higher damp course.

If your DPM (damp proof membrane) is in order and the gap from the ground is not the root cause of the problem, moisture may be rising up through your flooring and into your walls, which could be a much more serious issue.

Using a number of different methods, damp proofing specialists in Pontefract will quickly detect and eliminate rising damp issues. A damp proof cream (such as Permaguard or Dryzone) can be carefully injected into your walls if you have an older home with no damp proof membrane, or one that is damaged over a considerable area. Holes are drilled at intervals along the mortar joint, and a special nozzle used to inject the cream, which then diffuses before curing to form an effective, horizontal water-repellent barrier.

In cases where damp proofing injection cream isn't an appropriate solution, or where your damp course membrane is extensively damaged, putting in a brand new damp proof course might be neccessary. Regrettably this is taking repair work to the extreme, but it could be the only answer to your rising damp.

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The application of a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is another possible remedy for minimal areas of membrane damage. This has to be applied under your current floor coverings, so wood flooring, carpeting and tiles must be lifted prior to work being undertaken. In cellar areas this is a particularly effectual treatment, and will form a part of the tanking process that is used to make rooms watertight. Before the bitumen coating has has dried out completely, your Pontefract damp proof expert may recommend the use of building paper (a special foil backed membrane), for further protection.

Tanking: In cellars, basements and below ground areas of a property, "tanking" is the process where any exposed surfaces are covered in a watertight coating. This must be applied on the base surface of walls and floors, therefore any wall coverings and plaster must be removed and the appropriate surfaces properly prepared before any work begins. As soon as this coating has been put on, it should be permitted to dry completely before replastering any wall surfaces and decorating over the top of it. You should invariably obtain more than one specialist's opinion about whether this really is the only answer to your damp problems, because this is an extremely disruptive process as it must be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a property.


Dehumidifiers are an efficient way to remove moisture from the air, hence for issues with condensation they can help quite a bit. The trouble with dehumidifier use in endeavouring to eliminate mould and damp is that they simply cover up the cause of the damp, don't cure it. If you're suffering with mould or damp in any area of your home in Pontefract, you should call on an experienced damp proofing company for the most reliable advice.


As with just about any project, the most trustworthy recommendations for a local professional come from neighbours and friends. Where possible you should always see if you can get at least 2 or 3 different estimates from a number of companies, and before employing any particular damp proofing services, you can ask to see qualifications and professional memberships, as a verification of their integrity.

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

You can be certain that your damp proofing provider is suitably qualified and has acquired the required practical experience to carry out a top notch damp proofing service, if they have membership of either the PCA or DPA. Any damp proofing work completed by one of their members also comes with a guarantee.

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Damp proofing services are available in in Pontefract and also nearby in: Darrington, Sutton, Wentbridge, Badsworth, Castleford, East Hardwick, North Featherstone, Ferrybridge, Kirk Smeaton, Brotherton, Glasshoughton, Knottingley, Fairburn, Upton, Cutsyke, as well as in these postcodes WF8 1HD, WF8 1JH, WF8 1NU, WF8 1NB, WF8 1HB, WF8 1DH, WF8 1LL, WF7 7WW, WF8 1EH, WF8 1AA. Local Pontefract damp proofers will most likely have the telephone code 01977 and the postcode WF7. Checking this should ensure that you access locally based providers of damp proofing. Pontefract homeowners can utilise these and numerous other similar services.

Family & Friends Recommendations

In many situations, homeowners ask friends or family members if they've got anyone they can recommend, and will often accept their opinion and hire the damp proofing specialist that is suggested. Is this actually the best way to choose your damp proofer? Possibly not, because your relative or friends' needs could have been different than yours, however it is a great starting point. Word of mouth usually tells if a task was well done, and comes from someone who you trust to be truthful and honest. It's still a good idea to get at least 3 different quotes from various tradesmen in the area, even when someone you know has recommended a particular damp proofing company.

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There are a wide range of tasks that can be accomplished by your local Pontefract damp proofing specialist including solving mould problems, structural waterproofing in Pontefract, pressure grouting, property surveys, chemical DPC injection, timber treatment in Pontefract, damp proofing walls, flood defence, concrete repairs in Pontefract, efflorescence solutions in Pontefract, damp proof paint application, timber preservation in Pontefract, mould treatments, dry rot control, damp proofing a cellar, treatments for black mould, damp proofing brickwork, commercial damp proofing, rendering repairs, japanese knotweed control, condensation treatment, vapour barriers in Pontefract, basement damp proofing Pontefract, wet rot treatment, basement tanking, damp proofing assessments, damp control, domestic damp proofing, solving condensation problems, condensation control, rising damp advice, damp proofing a garage Pontefract, commercial tanking Pontefract, damp proofing floors, and lots more. Listed are just some of the activities that are performed by those specialising in damp proofing. Pontefract providers will let you know about their entire range of services.


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Also find: Knottingley damp proofing, Sutton damp proofing, Darrington damp proofing, Wentbridge damp proofing, North Featherstone damp proofing, Cutsyke damp proofing, East Hardwick damp proofing, Upton damp proofing, Glasshoughton damp proofing, Badsworth damp proofing, Fairburn damp proofing, Brotherton damp proofing, Kirk Smeaton damp proofing, Ferrybridge damp proofing, Castleford damp proofing services and more. The majority of these towns and villages are serviced by companies who do damp proofing. Pontefract home and business owners can get damp proofing estimates by going here.

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Damp Proofing Around Pontefract: Over the last year damp proofing surveys were done in the following Pontefract streets: Brownhill Crescent, Bull Lane, Thorpe Lane, Dunsil Villas, Stumpcross Close, Agricultural Houses, Beck Rise, Sandal Rise, Stretton Close, Cromwell Crescent, Convent Avenue, Thorncliffes, The Maltings, St Marys Close, St Michaels Avenue, Darning Lane, The Bungalows, St Christopher Flats, Canterbury Court, Sycamore Way, Crown Yard, Bronte Grove, Avenue Terrace, Sorrell Close, Brookside Street, Chariot Way, Anston Drive, Castle Syke View, Thornton Close, Baileygate Court, and in these West Yorkshire postcodes: WF8 1HD, WF8 1JH, WF8 1NU, WF8 1NB, WF8 1HB, WF8 1DH, WF8 1LL, WF7 7WW, WF8 1EH, WF8 1AA. These places recently saw activity by specialists in damp proofing. Pontefract home and business owners benefited from professional and reliable damp proofing services on each occasion.

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(This damp proofing Pontefract article was updated on 05-01-22)