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.
Testimonials From Customers in Shrewsbury
“Excellent job, friendly and polite team of 5. Kept us informed of progress. Cleaned up afterwards. I would use them again.”
The guys from DPS carried out excellent damp proofing and timber preservation work at my mother's house recently and were very knowledgable and helpful. It's so refreshing to come across such a friendly and professional team who were also respectful of my Mum's property and cleaned up and hovered at the end of the work - we were very impressed! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone needing this type of work doing. Thank you to all the team.
My parents received an excellent service from this company. All members of the team were professional, polite and highly skilled. They worked quickly, efficiently and left the room clean and tidy. We would thoroughly recommend Damp Proofing Solutions.
Very pleased with the work. The guys worked very fast & efficiently and were polite & courteous at all times. Please pass on my thanks to them all.
Very professional people. Tom was very good and tidied up after him he left the place clean & tidy how he found it. Will recommend this company if anybody needs damp proofing.
This company was first class, they did an excellent job of my pantry and hallway. The work was good. Helpful guys who didn't leave a mess. Cleaned up after themselves and went the extra mile to make sure I was happy before they left!
The job was carried out so quickly meaning only 1 day of interruption. The 3 men who did the work were all friendly, professional and helpful and completed the job to a high standard. Also impressed with how clean & tidy they left our house. Will be using again for future work.
All our interactions with DPS suggest the positive reviews are well deserved. After contact, DPS said there was a £150 fee to provide a full verbal report, recommendation, cost and timing of works. The £150 fee is offset against works done. This was money well spent for us, because of the in-depth analysis provided, but this may not suit everyone. Their specialist, Adam, was thorough in assessing our house. He took numerous readings and gave a full outline of what was needed, which options DPS could do and what the likely outcomes would be. We went ahead with installing 2 9x6" air bricks in each gable end. Adam kindly arranged to do this quickly to fit our needs. Tom and Luke arrived at the time stated and did a superb job - as mentioned by others they are polite, tidy and efficient etc. They are excellent workers. The air bricks resolved our problem. At all times comms were excellent, even after we had paid and Adam was responsive to any points we raised. A written statement of works was provided afterwards. Overall, I rate this company very highly. Everything was done as and when stated to a high standard. Interestingly, our house was independently surveyed after and the surveyor stated this was the best option, and the one he would have recommended. This was reassuring. In summary, an excellent experience.
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.
Get in Touch
If you are worried about rising damp on your property, then ring Damp Proofing Solutions now or request a call back for a survey.