Damp Proofing Writtle

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Damp Proofing Writtle Essex (CM1): It's not simply the fact that problems with damp look terrible, they can also induce chronic health issues and result in major structural damages. Nasty damp patches and peeling wallpaper can hide a much more serious problem which, if not solved quickly, can cost 1000s to repair. If you've got an issue such as this there's very little that you can do to solve it yourself, and the best course of action is to contact a professional Writtle damp proofing company to undertake a survey and recommend solutions.

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Essentially, in terms of damp within the home there are 3 primary problem areas:

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  • Penetrating Damp

  • Condensation

  • Rising Damp

 

The following article describes the sources of such damp issues in Writtle, and the various ways of preventing and solving them.

PENETRATING DAMP

Commonplace external factors that may cause penetrating damp include: cavity wall problems, loose or cracked roof tiles, damaged gutters or downspouts and unsound brickwork. From within, cracked shower trays, leaking or burst pipework and overflowing sinks or baths, can contribute to penetrating damp. Obvious signs such as dark, damp patches on walls, peeling or bubbling paintwork and broken or blistering plaster, all point to the fact that these problems have been left unchecked.

If you have a leaky roof and it's been neglected for an extended period of time, it can cause wet rot to develop in the timbers of your roof. Even though it doesn't spread into the brickwork, wet rot can cause the timber in your roof to become structurally unsound, and in the worst outcome you could even need to have a new roof installed - very expensive! A musty, unpleasant smell of decaying wood, the appearance of black fungus, and a "spongy" feel to your roof timbers, are all warning signs that wet rot is already a problem. Upon identifying any of these wet rot signs, it's important to take action quickly to avert further harm and the potential expense of a roof replacement.

You should not panic however, because to prevent these problems from occurring, a few basic steps like cleaning and checking your guttering & roof for leaks, repointing unsound brickwork and inspecting pipework for leaks, should aleviate such situations. As part of solving your damp problems, a competent Writtle damp proofing service provider will check all of these areas, so as to help reduce the chances of any further issues in the future.

CONDENSATION

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Quite simple to identify and a cause of damp in a lot of Writtle properties, condensation is very common. When moist, warm air comes into contact with a cold surface, water collects as small droplets. In places with high humidity, such as: bathrooms, boiler rooms and kitchens, condensation arises due to inadequate ventilation.

There are two basic ways of addressing condensation, and these are making sure that troublesome areas have sufficient ventilation, and wiping droplets of water away as they form on surfaces. You may need to fit or update air bricks, extractor fans and cooker hoods, so as to remove excess moisture laden air from your home in Writtle.

To find factors which bring about the issue by drawing in moist air from the outside, a reliable Writtle company will carry out an in-depth damp proofing survey. Airflow needs to be regulated properly to successfully control condensation problems, and a reliable damp proofing technician will be able to offer advice and solutions on this matter.

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RISING DAMP

A damp proof course or membrane has been fitted as standard on houses built in the UK since 1875. If your property or home was built before this time it's possible you might not have one installed. If you are suffering with rising damp in a house built after this time it is possible that your damp proof course has been somehow or other.

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

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Simply checking your home's outside walls to see if you have a damp course can be the first step towards solving your rising damp problems. It ought to be 150mm (about 6 inches) above ground level for satisfactory protection. If you discover that this space does not exist, you could dig away the earth to increase it, or if this process isn't possible, a higher damp proof membrane will need to be put in.

You could have more serious issues if you discover that your damp proof membrane is okay, and it might be that the damp is seeping up from the ground, up through your flooring, and into your property's walls, which will be an even more concerning situation.

Writtle damp proofing specialists will quickly be able to identify the root cause of your rising damp issues, and using a number of different procedures will quickly fix the problem. A damp proofing cream (such as Dryzone) can be carefully injected into your walls if you've got an older home with no DPM, or it is damaged over an extensive area. This calls for drilling holes at intervals in your brickwork and the special cream injected with a nozzle to fill the spaces behind the brickwork down to below ground level.

In cases where damp proofing cream injection is not a satisfactory remedy, or where the DPM is too severely damaged, putting in a brand new damp proof course could be neccessary. Whilst this sort of repair work is a fairly extreme way to solve rising damp, it could be the only real solution when all is said and done.

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For minimal areas of damage, another possible remedy would be to coat with a waterproof (bitumen based) latex emulsion. This is applied underneath your current floor coverings, so wood flooring, tiles and carpeting will have to be lifted prior to work being done. In cellar areas this is a particularly effectual treatment, and will form an integral part of the "tanking" procedure that's used to make spaces watertight. For added protection in these troublesome areas, your Writtle damp proofing technician may suggest applying building paper (a special foil backed membrane) before the bitumen paint has completely dried out.

Tanking: The process of covering exposed surfaces in a watertight paint in a below ground area such as a cellar or basement is referred to as "tanking". Since this watertight coating has to be applied to the base surfaces of floors and walls, any plaster and wall covering must be taken off before work commences, and all surfaces correctly prepared. Once the coating has been applied and is dry, it is then the time to replaster the walls and decorate over it. This is an incredibly disruptive process since it needs to be applied to an entire ground floor or basement level of a property, and it's preferable to obtain more than one specialist's opinion about whether this really is the only resolution to your rising damp.

DEHUMIDIFIERS AS A SOLUTION TO DAMP PROBLEMS

To help with condensation issues, you could always try dehumidifiers, which for lowering the moisture content of the air, are very effectual. Owing to the fact that dehumidifiers only cover up the cause of the damp and don't cure it, there are disadvantages to this solution. If you are suffering from dampness in any area of your property in Writtle, you can call on a certified damp proofing company for the best advice.

FINDING A REPUTABLE DAMP PROOF COMPANY IN WRITTLE

As with any project, the most trustworthy recommendations for a professional can be gleaned from neighbours and friends. Where possible you should try to acquire at least two or three different quotes from a range of companies, and before hiring any specific damp proof providers, you can ask to see professional memberships and accreditations, as a verification of their trustworthiness.

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

You can be certain that your damp proofing provider is suitably qualified and has acquired the appropriate working experience to offer a high quality damp proofing service, if they are members of the PCA or DPA. Any work carried out by any one of their members also comes with a guarantee.

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DPC Replacement Writtle

Maintaining the aesthetic appeal and structural integrity of your property in Writtle necessitates timely replacement of the Damp Proof Course (DPC). The existing DPC, over time, can deteriorate due to wear and tear, potentially leading to rising damp. Vigilant observation for signs like damp spots, crumbling plaster or deteriorating brickwork is crucial. DPC replacement involves removing the old, ineffective barrier and installing a new, robust one. This process typically requires professional expertise, as it demands thoroughness and precision to ensure a reliable seal against moisture intrusion.

The choice of materials for the new Damp Proof Course can vary depending on the specific needs of the property. Traditional methods like slate or bitumen have a long history of success in combating rising damp, while more modern options like chemical injections offer a less disruptive approach. Effective DPC replacement not only prevents further moisture-related damage but also contributes to a healthy indoor environment and safeguards the value of your Writtle property. Routine inspections and timely DPC replacement are essential for ensuring your property remains structurally sound and dry. (44462 DPC Replacement Writtle)

Writtle Damp Proofing Tasks

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There is a wide range of work that can be conducted by your local Writtle damp proofing specialist including damp proofing brickwork, pressure grouting, leak detection Writtle, structural waterproofing, woodworm elimination, faulty DPC replacement, floor damp proofing Writtle, damp proofing old stone walls, vapour barrier installation, damp proof sealing, damp proofing in loft conversions, cementitious tanking, positive input ventilation in Writtle, timber preservation in Writtle, damp proof membranes in Writtle, efflorescence solutions in Writtle, plaster replacement in Writtle, damp proofing services, flood defence Writtle, solutions for penetrating damp, external damp proofing Writtle, timber treatments, wet rot treatment in Writtle, cellar damp proofing Writtle, concrete repairs, garage damp proofing Writtle, rendering repairs, home damp proofing, property preservation, damp proofing a garage, concrete damp proofing Writtle, damp proofing assessments, black mould treatment, damp proofing cream injections, property surveys, and lots more. Listed are just some of the activities that are undertaken by those doing damp proofing. Writtle contractors will tell you about their entire range of damp proofing services.

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