Damp Proof – Damp Treatment
Rising damp, in particular, is a costly process to treat and if a quote looks too good to believe then it most probably is. Our advice would be to steer clear of such contractors. We use the modern method of wall membranes and dry-lining systems as a re-plastering system following the insertion of a Dryzone DPC. The wall membrane acts as a physical barrier between the damp substrate and new internal plaster work, this totally removes the possibility of the damaging properties found in rising damp transferring to the new plaster work, all corrosive and damaging properties (nitrates/sulphates) are held back within the brickwork.
All corner joints and socket openings are taped with material more commonly used in underground structures (basement conversions) to ensure NO passage of moisture. All embedded timbers in any wall treated for rising damp should also be treated. The wall/floor junction of a solid floor should also be treated to stop the passage of vapour as part of any rising damp treatment. These details are an ESSENTIAL part of any rising damp treatment and again we would urge you to steer clear of contractors who don’t commit to this as part of the scope of works involved. We believe it is the depth and lengths we go to to treat rising damp that separates us from the majority of contractors. We pride ourselves on offering long-term guarantees and quality workmanship that backs such guarantees up.
Penetrating dampness can be due to a number of things; poor pointing, damaged brickwork, defective rainwater goods. Once the source of the water ingress is located and rectified then the internal remedial works and necessary checking of any embedded timbers for rot formation can take place.
Condensation problems are mainly due to excess moisture production within the property combined with inadequate ventilation. There are a number of solutions to remedy the problem. A full living conditions and lifestyle inspection is essential to determine the extent of the problem.
Replacement of suspended timber floors
Suspended timber floors are at risk of rot and replacement when the embedded structural timbers are in contact with a damp substrate, there is a severe lack of ventilation within the sub-floor void, the external ground levels are high or there is something creating a bridging effect from external ground level to the floor joist height. This is only fully determined by a visual inspection, cavity inspection (if necessary) and a full sub-floor void inspection.
Insurance restoration work
If your property has been damaged internally due to a leak or other defect what you can claim from the insurance for the restoration works then we can assist in all aspects of this, including the report writing, costings and repairs.
Dry-lining and skimming
If you require solid plastering, dry-lining systems or just re-skim work then we can quote for these works.