Damp Proofing Stoke on Trent
As damp proofing specialists based in Stoke on Trent we know how rising damp that is found in the interior and exterior walls of your property presents an unsightly feature. It can also trigger health problems for your family if left untreated with long lasting consequences.
The effects of rising damp can be a high risk of wet rot & dry rot on nearby timbers and condensation levels can increase due to the hydroscopic ground salts it carries along with it.
Rising Damp Specialists Stoke on Trent
We are fast, efficient and friendly and arrive on the job in under an hour. We have a team of highly trained surveyors and technicians who leave no stone unturned and go out of their way to provide complete customer satisfaction from the moment they step foot in your home. You are guaranteed that Damp Proofing Solutions will transform your damp house into a dry, warm home.
As a company we have continued to grow as our reputation has grown and from our humble beginnings almost 40 years ago we have built a highly skilled and knowledgeable employee base tackling thousands of damp related issues year-round.
Rising Damp Solutions
The way in which rising damp works its way into ground level rooms of properties is through an action known as “capillary”. The moisture in the ground below the property’s foundations is then drawn up through the masonry, past the broken down or absent damp course into the home usually no higher than roughly a metre depending of severity. The ground moisture which is drawn up carries with it mineral salts that are sometimes visible on the surface of the plaster as the moisture evaporates into the home, this is what typically causes the spoiling of the decorative surface and break down of internal plaster.
The bottom layers of the building act like a sponge pulling water from below ground level up into the building.
Typical causes of rising damp:
- A property was constructed with no damp proof course
- A property was constructed with damp proof course but it has since disintegrated due to age or poor installation
- Re-plastering was not performed correctly
- The correct method was not used where the ground level was higher than the building interior
Modern materials and techniques mean that we can completely eradicate rising damp. The first step is to remove damaged materials and plaster. A creamy chemical damp proof course is injected into the mortar of the building. It dries to form an uninterrupted waterproof layer which will stop rising damp in its tracks.
Next, we need to replace the contaminated plaster. Before we re-plaster we apply a special membrane or salt retardant material which will stop any salts left in the masonry from leeching into the new plaster.
Our surveyors have years of experience in diagnosing the cause of all damp problems, firstly we will identify all problem areas and go about multiple checks to determine the first cause of the damp. We will then test walls for the amount of damp they are holding and offer our advice and solutions to the customer.
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Damp proofing casestudy in Hanley, Stoke on Trent
One of our projects for November 2019 was work on a 1920’s end terrace house in Stoke on Trent.
What we did
The cause of the problem here is due to high exterior ground levels which has resulted in damp and water ingress to the lower portion of the wall.
As you can see from the images below, our technicians stripped the wall plaster from the damaged area and a minimum of 300mm beyond any high moisture readings. We installed a remedial damp proof course at the correct level taking into consideration the high external ground levels and then fitted a tanking membrane which was cut into the solid floor. The areas have been dry lined with plasterboard to the correct levels and then plaster skimmed to a smooth finish blending into the existing plaster line. Once the drying out period of around 1-2 weeks is over the area can be re-skirted and decorated and will remain completely damp free.