An examination is the first step toward fixing any damp problems in your home. At Sussex Damp Experts, our damp proofing team will only report on legitimate damp issues and propose valuable and cost-effective solutions.
Our moisture proofing experts can assess your home, conduct a damp and timber survey, and recommend the best course of action for repairs.
Sussex Damp Experts offers a wide range of damp proofing and treatments and is confident in our ability to provide cost-effective repairs backed by our 30-year guarantee.
You can rely on our damp proofing experts to assess the problems in our detailed surveys and provide you with the most professional services to give you peace of mind for the future, whether it’s rising damp treatment, basement waterproofing, dry rot control, timber treatments, or other damp proofing expertise.
Damp walls are generally the result of high moisture contents inside a building’s structure. Rising damp is one of the damp problems that affect your property’s walls.
Water from the ground penetrates a structure via capillary action, which is known as rising damp. Water that enters or influences a structure in any other manner can move around in various ways, but it is not rising damp. The installation of a chemical damp proof course (DPC) will only remedy rising damp.
Rising damp is a somewhat common problem in various types of buildings, but it is sometimes misinterpreted. Damp investigations and remedial rising damp treatment must be carried out by a specialist firm like Sussex Damp Experts, which can recognise, identify, remedy the problem for the long term.
Condensation is one of the most common causes of humidity in many areas, particularly bathrooms, kitchens, toilets, and bedrooms. This occurs when warm moist air collides with cold surfaces, causing water to accumulate on the wall’s surface.
It’s also worth noting that the problem can arise distance from the source of the water vapour. Water vapour produced in a bathroom or kitchen, for example, may diffuse throughout the home and condense on the cool bedroom walls. Condensation occurs more frequently during the colder months when the amount of water vapour in the air is more significant.
It’s worth noting that Black Mould can only grow in pure water such that found in condensation. Thus it’s not a sign of rising damp.
One of the most harmful and detrimental concerns you may encounter at home is penetrating dampness. This sort of damp is also known as rain penetration and refers to water that enters the house from the outside. Water infiltration may usually be traced back to its source and treated using low-cost solutions. The penetrating moisture problems will be examined and addressed by our skilled damp-proofing team.
Internal dampness can be caused by various issues, including broken or missing mortar paths in outer walls, damaged stone windowsills, insufficient sealant around doors and windows, and poorly maintained wooden doors and windows.
A small plumbing leak can result in a large and significant damp patch; the water escape may be tiny, but it is usually consistent and concentrated in the exact location. The area consumes more moisture than it can expel due to the strong, recurrent humidity, and the excess spreads to nearby places.
If you’ve discovered a moist patch in your home or garden, it may be due to faulty guttering. Gutters can be a source of moisture. When most of the network is covered in debris or grime and dirt, this is likely to happen.
Check your roof during wet and windy weather to see if a spot on the ceiling is a damp ceiling patch caused by a leak in the roof or condensation from the weather to identify dampness on inner walls. Broken slates, tiles, and other debris on the ground and daylight visible inside lofts can indicate a problem with the roof.
Make sure there are no leaks in your plumbing. Measuring your water bill is one approach to look for leaks. You may leak if your water costs are exceptionally high or you have to refill the tank regularly.
When your home’s inside walls get moist, it creates ideal circumstances for damp mould spores, which are the deadliest form of spores. Some types of damp moulds can be life-threatening, and they can be found in an alarming number of homes across the United Kingdom.
Existing dampness on a property has several drawbacks that affect the structure and the health of the occupants. If left untreated, it will lead to the growth of mould and have an adverse effect on the structure of the building. Medical professionals advise against breathing in mould-infested settings since it can cause respiratory problems. People with pre-existing respiratory disorders have it even worse.
Damp can compromise a building’s structural stability. Mortar can crumble outside, leaving salt stains on the walls. Corrosion of the steel and iron fasteners would make the structure even weaker. Mortar or plaster may fall off an infected wall in extreme cases. Moisture also tends to cause secondary damage to a structure. Excessive dampness promotes the growth of a specific wood fungus (which causes wood rot), resulting in health issues and the “sick building syndrome.” Dampness also accelerates the deterioration of plaster and paint, as well as wallpaper stripping.
When dealing with damp walls, the first step is to investigate and identify the source of the moisture. You’ll need to make a comprehensive inspection of your home, both inside and out, to figure out where the moisture is coming from. It might be challenging to know what to look for and what internal damp proofing procedures and materials to use to keep your home dry if you don’t see the source of the dampness.
Damp proofing is a technique for keeping dampness out of a building. At Sussex Damp Experts, we provide a choice of damp-proofing options, each with its own set of advantages.
A damp proof course (DPC) is a method that assists in the control of rising damp by regulating the moisture caused by capillary action. This rising damp treatment prevents moisture from causing wall damage.
A damp proof membrane (DPM) is a type of membrane used to keep moisture out of a building. To assist regulate moisture, a DPM places a polyethene film beneath a sheet of concrete. This sort of coating protects against water and moisture, such as rain. It also includes cement, such as shotcrete, which is resistant to moisture, water, and pressure. Pressure grouting fills any gaps in masonry walls, whereas hollow walls create a space between the inner and outer walls to keep water out.
Cementitious tanking was developed primarily for use in basements, tanks, and tunnels and walls below ground level. This sort of damp proofing is applied to the structure’s internal facade and can be employed on various surfaces, including concrete, stone, brick, and stonework.
Another technique to minimise dampness that passes through the walls of some homes is to use renovating plaster, which is a premixed lightweight backing plaster. A restoring plaster has comparable features to a 1:1:6 render (cement: lime: sand), but instead of sand, Perlite aggregate is used, making this plaster light and easy to work with.
The use of damp resistant paint is another approach to help keep your home damp free. This paint is completely non-toxic. It can be used to function as a moisture blocker. Paint for damp-proofing is usually thick and comes in black or white. Water-resistant paint or damp resistant paint are other terms for damp proof paint. Stains should no longer emerge on your walls once you’ve applied damp proof paint. This paint also prevents the growth of mould, which has been related to various health issues, including respiratory problems.
If you discover moisture in your home, act soon. Otherwise, the residents and the structure may suffer severe consequences.
In addition to the visual annoyance it causes, dampness can cause significant structural damage to a property’s structure and jeopardise its stability if not remedied promptly. There’s also evidence that it can cause respiratory problems, especially in people who already have some related underlying condition.
If you have dampness in your house, whatever the reason, contact our damp proofing experts as soon as possible.
If left unchecked, damp can cause a range of issues in the building, including:
Contact Sussex Damp Experts for expert advice and a professional plan of action to deal with any damp related issue. Our damp proofing specialists will assess your building’s condition and propose the most cost-effective solution for the issue at hand.
The costs of repairing a damp problem are determined by various criteria, including the property’s dimensions, architecture, type and cause of damp, and the materials used, among others.
Because there are so many details to consider, call our fully trained team to schedule a survey. One of our friendly team members will check the property and thoroughly evaluate the situation before giving you the most cost-effective quote.
Our team has over 10 years of expertise offering damp proofing in Brighton. If you are experiencing damp issues in Brighton and the surrounding areas, please call our damp specialist team on 01273 257 765 to schedule a survey.
One of our CSRT and CSSW trained surveyors will extensively assess the property and produce a report, price quote, and recommendations based on our guidelines.
We have a full team of damp proofing experts with extensive knowledge dealing with damp issues such as dry rot and woodworm, wet rot, wood rot, basement waterproofing, interior damp, rain penetration, and condensation control in both commercial and residential premises.
We follow excellent standards in damp proofing treatments, professional re-plastering, wood preservation and are experts in performing damp surveys.
We provide highly customised, competent, and dependable damp proofing treatment and repair services to homes, local authorities, small companies, and commercial properties. Call us today at 01273 257 765 to speak with a member of our helpful team about your needs.
For your safety, all of our work is guaranteed. In addition, we are members of the Guarantee Protection Scheme, an independent insurance policy that covers the duration of your guarantee if you want to take it out.
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