Damp Proofing Westgate-on-Sea

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Damp Proofing Westgate-on-Sea Kent (CT8): Problems with damp in your house in Westgate-on-Sea may not only look unattractive, but they can cause major health and structural issues as well. If not remedied swiftly, the more critical problems could cost you thousands to repair, and may be hard to spot beneath peeling wallpaper and patches of damp. If you have an issue like this there is very little that you can do to solve it yourself, and the best option is to call on an experienced Westgate-on-Sea damp proofing company to do a thorough inspection and come up with practical solutions.

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Essentially, with regards to damp in the home there are three key problem areas:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

These three key forms of damp are described in greater detail in the following paragraphs, along with strategies for prevention and resolution, in case you discover them in your house in Westgate-on-Sea.

PENETRATING DAMP

Commonplace external factors that may cause penetrating damp include: cracked roof tiles, unsound brickwork, cavity wall problems and damaged guttering. Inside, it can be triggered by overflowing bathtubs or basins, leaking or burst pipes and damaged shower trays. If left uncontrolled, dark damp patches on walls, peeling paintwork and broken or blistering plaster, will be the noticeable signs of water soaking into the woodwork and walls.

If left untreated for a while, a leaky roof can cause wet rot to develop in your roof timbers. Even though it is fortunate that wet rot does not affect brickwork, in a worst case scenario, you may need to have a new roof installed if the timbers of your roof become unsound structurally. If a black fungus starts to appear on any woodwork and the timber in your roof feels "spongy" to the touch, you could have a case of wet rot.

Simple steps like repointing brickwork, inspecting piping for leaks and cleaning and checking your guttering and roof for leaks, will be the basic preventative measures. If you employ the expert services of a certified Westgate-on-Sea damp proofing firm, they will check all these factors as part of your complete damp proofing program.

CONDENSATION

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Very easy to spot and the cause of damp in many Westgate-on-Sea properties, condensation is very common. When cooler surfaces make contact with moist, warm air, minute water droplets appear on those surfaces. It often forms due to inadequate ventilation in areas where high humidity is present, i.e. kitchens, boiler rooms and bathrooms.

To reduce condensation problems, simple strategies include ensuring that you've got adequate ventilation in the affected areas, and wiping away any droplets as soon as they appear. Redirecting moisture laden air to the outside of your property in Westgate-on-Sea, by fitting or upgrading air bricks, extractors and cooker hoods, will help you to resolve this issue.

The best way to find out the key things that contribute to the problem, is to have a detailed damp proofing survey carried out by a credible Westgate-on-Sea specialist. Sometimes damp air is drawn in from the outside, plainly making matters even worse. Airflow needs to be properly regulated to successfully minimise condensation, and a knowledgeable damp proofing specialist will be able to give advice and offer solutions on this question.

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RISING DAMP

Ever since 1875, a damp proof course or membrane has been fitted as standard in all homes built in the United Kingdom. You may not have a damp course on your home or property in Westgate-on-Sea if it was built earlier than this. If your property was constructed after this year, but you are still suffering with rising damp, it could be that the DPM has been impaired.

If you suppose that you might have rising damp in your home, crumbling or rotten skirting boards, white powdery deposits being discovered on floor surfaces or appearing on walls and "tide marks" on walls, are good signs that you may be right. If you notice or think that you might have any of these signs, it is possible that you've got a rising damp problem.

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Simply checking your property's outside walls to spot if you've got a damp proof course can be the first step towards solving your problems with rising damp. In order to get an adequate measure of protection the damp course needs to be above ground level by no less than 150mm (about 6"). You could dig the surrounding ground away to create this gap if it is currently not sufficient, or you could put in a higher DPM if the former isn't plausible.

If your damp proof membrane is in fact correct and the gap is not the cause of the problem, moisture may be coming up through your floors and into your walls, which could be a more problematic issue.

Using a number of different methods, damp proofing specialists in Westgate-on-Sea can quickly detect and resolve your rising damp problems. If you've got a somewhat older house with no damp proof membrane or one that is damaged over a significant area, a damp proofing cream (such as Dryzone) can be injected into your external walls. This special cream is injected with a nozzle into holes drilled evenly along the mortar course, and before the cream sets it diffuses into the surrounding brickwork forming a barrier that is water-repellent.

If the damp proof cream treatment isn't appropriate, or the damage is too extensive to your DPM, a new damp proof course may need to be installed. Though this is naturally a fairly drastic course of action, it could be the only method to resolve your damp issues successfully.

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Painting with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion, is yet another possible solution for smaller areas of damage. Because this is applied under your current floor coverings, carpeting, laminate flooring and tiles will need to be lifted and moved before this procedure can commence. Also used as an integral part of the "tanking" process to create a waterproof space, this is a particularly effective solution in basements. For additional protection in such trouble spots, your Westgate-on-Sea damp proof expert may suggest laying building paper (a specialist foil backed membrane) before the bitumen coating has completely dried.

Tanking: In areas of a property which are below ground, for example basements or cellars, tanking is the process where surfaces that are exposed are painted with a watertight coating. This has to be applied at the base level of floors and walls, so any plaster and wall covering must be removed and the relevant surfaces prepared correctly before any work begins. You can replaster the wall surfaces and decorate over the top, after the paint has completely dried out. You must invariably get more than one expert's opinion about whether this is the only resolution to your damp problems, because this is an incredibly disruptive job as it needs to be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a property.

SOLVING DAMP PROBLEMS WITH DEHUMIDIFIERS

Condensation issues can certainly be improved by means of dehumidifiers, which are a highly effective way of reducing the moisture content in the air. Because dehumidifiers only alleviate the cause of the damp and don't get rid of it, there are drawbacks to this option. A certified damp proofing company in Westgate-on-Sea will be glad to give you advice on possible solutions if you are experiencing damp in any area of your house.

FINDING A REPUTABLE DAMP PROOF EXPERT IN WESTGATE-ON-SEA

The best recommendations for professionals with regards to home improvement projects are usually neighbours and friends. If possible you should always see if you can get at least 3 or 4 different estimates from a range of companies, and before signing up to any specific damp proof services, you should ask to see professional memberships and qualifications, as a verification of their credibility.

Keep an eye out for membership of and qualifications from organisations such as the Damp Proofing Association or the PCA (Property Care Association), or contractors holding the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) or the CSTDB (Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness) professional qualifications.

Membership of either the DPA or PCA guarantees your preferred damp proofing specialist is suitably qualified and has the appropriate experience to provide a top notch damp proof service. Additionally, it offers a guarantee over any damp proofing work accomplished by one of their membership.

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Damp proofing can be done in Westgate-on-Sea and also nearby in: Westwood, Broomfield, Cliffs End, Birchington, Ramsgate, Minster, Acol, Manston, St Peters, Cliftonville, Marshside, Reculver, Monkton, St Nicholas-at-Wade, Margate, Garlinge, as well as in these postcodes CT8 8LE, CT8 8EJ, CT8 8PB, CT8 8SB, CT8 8BX, CT8 8FD, CT8 8SS, CT8 8BA, CT8 8PP, CT8 8HT. Locally based Westgate-on-Sea damp proof specialists will probably have the dialling code 01843 and the postcode CT8. Checking this should guarantee that you access locally based providers of damp proofing. Westgate-on-Sea homeowners can benefit from these and lots of other related services.

Westgate-on-Sea Damp Proofing Tasks

Damp Proofing Tasks Westgate-on-Sea

There are a number of different tasks that can be conducted by your local Westgate-on-Sea damp proofing specialist including rendering repairs, wet rot treatments, cheap damp proofing, rising damp prevention, damp proof membranes Westgate-on-Sea, leak detection, property surveys, chemical DPC injection, solutions for condensation, damp proofing cream injections, home damp proofing, landlord damp proofing services in Westgate-on-Sea, damp proofing floors, commercial damp proofing, mould treatments, rising damp advice, damp proofing services, timber treatment, condensation control, dry rot treatments, damp proof sealing in Westgate-on-Sea, plaster replacement in Westgate-on-Sea, woodworm treatments, damp proofing old stone walls, invasive weed control, solutions for penetrating damp, damp proofing a garage Westgate-on-Sea, concrete repair, commercial tanking Westgate-on-Sea, damp proofing internal walls in Westgate-on-Sea, efflorescence solutions, damp proofing brickwork in Westgate-on-Sea, damp proof tanking, wood rot treatment, and lots more. Listed are just an example of the tasks that are performed by people specialising in damp proofing. Westgate-on-Sea providers will keep you informed about their full range of damp proofing services.

Friends & Family Recommendations

Recommendation from friends and family is always a great way of finding a suitable damp proofing service, therefore that should be your first calling point when trying to find a damp proofer. Word of mouth is acknowledged as the most trustworthy form of endorsement, and roughly eighty percent of householders in Westgate-on-Sea would rate this form of recommendation over any other. It's still important to obtain at least 2 or 3 quotations from different companies in the area, even if somebody you know has recommended a certain damp proofing contractor.

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