6 Reasons Why You Might Need a Damp Proof Specialist
Anyone who lives in the UK knows that this country gets a lot of wet weather, so it’s not a surprise to most that the average UK home has a few damp problems. Issues with mould and damp are quite common. Damp can develop on the inside of any property and can be the result of several potential issues from damaged damp proof courses to drains that are not working effectively. Whether you already own your home or are considering buying a new property, it’s worth getting a damp specialist to take a look and ensure that there are no serious damp issues that you will need to deal with or to make sure that you are aware of any issues that have the potential to worsen in the future if not quickly dealt with.
What Types of Damp Will Damp Proofing Specialists London Look For?
There are two main types of damp that you are likely to find on the inner walls of an affected property: rising damp and penetrating damp. Understanding the two different types of damp will help you figure out what has caused the problem in the property and what needs to be done to fix it and prevent it from reoccurring.
Rising damp is usually the result of a damp proof course failure or the absence of a damp-proof course at the property. It will typically occur in houses and is not a problem for flats that are above the ground level. Rising damp looks like damp that is rising up the wall from the ground level, hence the name. It will usually require drainage around the property to be improved, the damp proof course to be installed or repaired, and sloping of the ground around the property to drain water away from the building.
Penetrating damp is another common type of damp in UK properties due to the weather. This type of damp occurs when the water penetrates through the walls from the outside, going deep into the brickwork. This type of damp can penetrate through the internal walls if they are not protected from moisture, or it might be a result of water getting in through cracks and gaps in the wall. Good maintenance of the external wall, plus cavity wall insulation, can help to prevent this problem.
When Do You Need Damp Proofing Specialists in South London? Common Damp Causes:
Damp can be the result of several issues in the home that should be attended to and repaired as soon as possible by a damp proof specialist. If left unchecked, damp will only get worse over time and can lead to more serious issues in the home like mould, along with causing a potentially serious health hazard. Some of the most common reasons why you may need a damp proof specialist for your home include:
Damp Proofing Specialists for Older Houses:
The risk of damp in a property can vary depending on the age of the building. Older properties were built in such a way that the materials were allowed to breathe, however, this can often put them at a higher risk of damp since the air flow may also allow moisture in. On the other hand, newer houses tend to be built with damp-proofing in mind, using a system of defensive barriers throughout the construction to keep moisture at bay.
In any property, installing insulation is usually the best way to prevent damp, mould, and other moisture issues like condensation. If you are purchasing or already own an older property, however, there are several factors to keep in mind before you invest in insulation, including ensuring that there are mechanisms in place for controlling condensation and the risk of ‘sweating’ during the colder months in a building that has been sealed against moisture, which can increase damp and condensation indoors.
Damp Proofing Specialists East London for Your Damp Proof Course:
Your damp proof course is a waterproof layer that works to block the moisture from reaching the walls of your property. Issues with the damp proof course at your home is one of the common causes of rising damp in the home and can lead to serious issues with drainage or mould in the home if left unattended to. A damp proof course that is not present or no longer working effectively will usually lead to signs of rising damp on the ground floor of the home. If you have noticed damp that is present on the walls of your home just above the skirting boards, this could be the reason why. Damp proof specialists will be able to check if your damp proof course is bridged or otherwise faulty.
Damp Proof Specialists South East London – Condensation Issues:
Damp on the internal walls of a property is most commonly caused by condensation. Condensation forms on the walls when the warm, moist air inside your room comes into contact with a colder surface like an external wall. As a result, the warm air begins to cool down, which condenses it back into water and leaves moisture on the wall. This can then lead to the formation of damp patches and, over time, can cause mould to appear on the wall. Damp specialists can help to remove any damp patches that have formed on the walls over time. Installing a humidifier in the room may also help, and you could consider repainting the walls with a damp-proof undercoat to reduce the risk of reoccurrence in the future.
Damp Proof Specialists West London – Dealing With Plumbing Problems:
When it comes to your home’s risk of damp and other moisture issues, the plumbing system has a large part to play. The plumbing in your home should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that there are no leaks that could potentially lead to damp, as internal plumbing leaks might not always be easy to spot immediately and could worsen over time, leading to further issues. If there is a leak in a hidden pipe in your home, you may not even realise what is happening or how much water is leaking over time, leading to damp and potentially mould issues. Regularly check your water pipes for any signs of corrosion and look out for other tell-tale signs of internal plumbing leaks like unexpectedly high water bills, damp patches appearing on the walls in your home suddenly, and the sound of running water in the home even when you are not running a tap.
Damp Proofing Specialists in London – Fixing Gutter Issues:
Gutters are designed to direct water away from your home and prevent damp from occurring, but in the case of gutters that are not working effectively, damp could become an issue in the property quickly. Leaking gutters are a common cause of damp because the gutters are no longer effectively directing all of the water away from the home. If you have noticed that there is water splatting from the gutters and onto the walls after rainfall, this is a sure sign that you are likely dealing with a leak, and it’s important to have it dealt with as quickly as possible as the problem will only get worse over time. Another common gutter issue is with homes that have gutters that are no longer sufficient for the amount of water they are catching. This will often be the case in older homes where the gutters that were installed at the time of building were suitable for the rainfall at the time. But with rainfall increasing in the UK over the years due to climate change, these gutters are no longer sufficient, and water will spill over the edges on to the outer walls of the home where it might lead to damp over time.
Why Work With Damp Proof Specialists:
Whether you have noticed some tell-tale signs of damp in your home, have noticed some issues that have the potential to lead to damp in the future, or are purchasing a new property and want to make sure that you are fully informed of any current and potential damp issues before you make the purchase, a damp proof specialist can help. A damp survey is worth investing in whether you are buying a new property or already own the home since it will provide you with full information on the scale of any damp problems that might not be immediately visible to the untrained eye. Using the information provided, you can make informed decisions regarding repairs and future work on the property to prevent the worsening or reoccurrence of damp. Damp proof specialists can help you reduce the risk of damp in your home particularly focusing on any higher-risk areas or areas where damp has already occurred in the past.
Damp is a common problem in UK homes due to the wet weather, so it pays to invest in the services of a damp proof specialist if you own or are considering buying a home in the UK.
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