Damp Proofing Shrewsbury
We are experts in damp treatment based in Shrewsbury, we know all too well how rising damp can ruin the look of your property when it appears on both your exterior and internal walls. Beyond appearance, rising damp is also associated with a number of health problems, which can have long-term effects on your family if left unresolved.
Alongside other problems, rising damp will generally create a high risk of dry or wet rot in the timbers around the affected area, and hydroscopic (they attract water from their surroundings) ground salts carried by the damp will lead to a rise in condensation.
Rising Damp Shrewsbury
Damp Proofing Solutions’ team of helpful, capable specialists will arrive for action promptly. From the moment they arrive, our highly-experienced surveyors and qualified technicians will identify the problem and ensure that you are completely satisfied with the service and solutions they provide. You can rest easy in the knowledge that your damp property will soon be a warm, dry home again.
For forty years, Damp Proofing Solutions have been building our reputation for a highly qualified, expert service. Every year, we help thousands of people to solve their rising damp issues.
Damp Solutions for Shrewsbury
The action by which rising damp can seep into the lower levels of a building is called “capillary”. Moisture is carried up through the building from the soil underneath the foundations. To do this it must penetrate a property’s damp course, which will have broken down (or sometimes be entirely absent). The damp then seeps into a property’s walls and can rise, in the worst cases, to nearly a metre in height. This ground water contains mineral salts with it, which can be seen when the exposed moisture on the wall evaporates, leaving them behind. The damaged decorative surfaces and ruined internal plaster typical of rising damp is generally the result of mineral salts.
Put simply, your property’s walls will absorb water from the earth like a sponge, making them damp and causing lots of other problems.
What causes damp?
If a property was built with no damp proof course at all then there is nothing to prevent the groundwater from travelling up into the building where it will cause damp. Even if a property was constructed with a damp proof course this can fail; either because it was not installed correctly or simply due to it ageing.
Special measures have to be taken for properties where the ground level is higher than the first interior level for example; where basements are below ground level. The ground must not come into contact with the building anywhere above the damp proof course.
Finally, if damp proofing is added to a property damaged by rising damp the re-plastering has to be performed with additional care.
How is damp treated?
Luckily modern chemical solutions mean that damp can be stopped without too much disruption to the building. A special chemical is injected into the building at a specific height. It dries and fuses forming an impenetrable layer that water and mineral salts can not pass through. This chemical is called remedial damp proof course because it is used after the building the has been constructed.
Any damaged materials like plaster and rotten skirting boards have to be removed and disposed of and mould has to be eradicated. Then the walls are sealed with a salt-retardant chemical or a damp proof membrane. This will prevent any salts that remain in the wall from damaging the fresh plaster.
Our surveyors are experts. They have years of experience backup up a rigorous system of inspection, checks and tests. This allows our team to identify the precise cause of your rising damp. We then carefully measure the extent of the moisture in your masonry. This information allows us to determine the best way to prevent the specific cause(s) of damp in your property. We then provide you with our expert advice and solutions.
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If you are worried about rising damp on your property, then ring Damp Proofing Solutions now or request a call back for a free survey.