What Are the Causes of Damp in a Property?

Damp is usually a sign of a more serious underlying problem. As a result, determining the cause of damp in a property is the first step in resolving the issue. If you see wet spots on the interior or exterior of your home, it might be the result of one of the following issues:

  • Rainwater seeps in through the cracks in the brickwork;
  • Condensation;
  • High ground levels;
  • Rising damp;
  • Roofing that is not up to code;
  • Flooding from the outside;
  • Gutters that are leaking and downpipes that are broken;
  • Window or door seals that aren’t up to par;
  • Drains that aren’t working correctly;
  • Defective Insulation for cavity walls;
  • Damage on walls and moisture-proof course caused by tree roots;
  • Internal plumbing that isn’t working correctly.

Once the source of the issue has been discovered, it should be addressed alongside the fabric repair work, making the damp proofing treatment more reliable and durable.

Rising Damp

Most homes in the UK already have a damp proofing system in place, but when it is damaged, rising damp occurs. Existing damp proofing fails for a variety of reasons, the most important of which are:

  • It’s old — the previous system’s performance has decreased;
  • It’s not installed correctly — it’s installed at the incorrect level;
  • It is usually destroyed by tree roots or shifting foundations;
  • It is spanned because the ground level is higher than the damp proof course that has been constructed.

Rising damp may wreak havoc on your home’s plaster, woodwork, and decorations. We treat rising damp by injecting a silicone damp proofing course into the damaged walls, stopping dampness from creeping up the wall due to capillary action. Furthermore, the walls might be equipped with a barrier that prevents existing moisture from entering the new internal plaster.

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Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is defined as water and moisture penetrate your property’s the outside shell. It can cause interior fabric damage and even rot if left untreated, which can be quite dangerous.

The following issues in your house are frequently the cause:

  • Brickwork or render that is defective and permeable;
  • The aiming of the window or door is poor;
  • Roof coverings have been damaged;
  • Rainwater items are harmed.

Our trained surveyors will examine the damage, determine the cause of the water intrusion, and suggest the best course of action.

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Issues with Condensation and Black Mould

Thanks to contemporary Insulation and double glazing, most homes nowadays have excellent draught-proofing properties. While these enhancements help properties retain heat, they can also lead to unintended consequences such as moisture-laden air and, as a result, condensation. Condensation can lead to the formation of mould and damage to decorations and furniture if left unattended.

Our professional surveyor will come to your home to figure out what’s causing the condensation. We will be able to advise on the most appropriate corrective action necessary following their survey, which may involve one or more of the following:

  • Extraction fans are used to remove stale air from your home and bring in the fresh air.
  • Increase the flow of air in your home with positive pressure ventilation systems.
  • Repairing cold areas in your house to prevent condensation on surfaces.
  • Additional damp proofing will help to reduce the amount of moisture in your home.
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What Is Damp Proofing and How Does It Work?

The term ‘damp proofing’ refers to a broader process of maintaining a property by utilising damp avoidance services. Damp and excessive moisture problems may harm any property, whether it’s old or new. Building materials degrade over time, making older homes more vulnerable. Over time, masonry can become porous, roofs can leak, and damp proof courses can become ineffective.

Taking on and treating damp to guarantee long-term protection necessitates a high degree of technical skill and experience, which is where Sussex Damp Experts can assist. Sussex Damp Experts provide you with a team of expert damp proofing surveyors to our commercial and household clients who will identify the core cause of the problem. Where damp proofing is required, our team of in-house damp proofing professionals will complete the job to satisfy all standards.

Cellar Tanking and Basement Waterproofing

Flooding may occur in cellars and basements, causing damage to the structure and stored items therein. That’s why damp proofing basements are so important. As part of our damp treatment, our below-ground level waterproofing systems are industry-approved solutions for resolving underground flooding issues while also adding value to your house.

Our modern basement waterproofing system employs hollow walls and floor membranes to handle water leaking through walls and floors. Any excess water is sent to natural drainage or a sump and pump, which removes the water to an appropriate drainage point.

This system will let you use your basement area to its full potential without fear of future water damage, and it comes with a 10-year transferrable guarantee for your peace of mind.

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What Is The Procedure For Installing A Damp Proof Course?

Two main factors are required for a successful damp proofing course. To avoid exacerbating the condition and incurring more costs and reinstallation at a later date, it’s critical to get the damp proof course right the first time. The following are the general procedures to perform an effective damp proof course, but you can always contact our damp proofing professional team to clarify your doubts about our installation.

To begin, drill the masonry at the base of the damp walls and inject a specially formulated solution of silicone fluid until the entire depth is entirely saturated. When damp proofing walls, we use a low-odour injection method that cures within the masonry wall to establish an impenetrable barrier to rising dampness, preventing moisture from rising from the ground into the treated walls. A vertical damp proof course is used to isolate adjacent abutting walls as part of the damp proofing process. This is a dependable and cost-effective form of treatment when used with our professional waterproof rendering technique to guarantee that damp walls are no longer an issue in your house.

The new damp proof course will keep moisture from rising into the damp walls, allowing the brickwork to dry out. The moist walls will not entirely dry out due to ground salts’ impact until the old plaster is removed and replaced with a salt-resistant render.

The advantages of our waterproof rendering method include precisely batched renders in which the proportions of sand, cement, lime, and waterproofers are computer-controlled at the factory rather than determined by site operatives’ mixing the goods together from various bags of material. When damp proofing walls, we apply a top layer of skim plaster to smooth the surface after using the waterproof rendering technique.

When there are high ground levels, our tanking system may be needed in addition to the damp chemical proofing.

Benefits Of Damp Proofing On Time

If you find moisture in your home, respond quickly; otherwise, it might cause severe problems for the occupants and the structure.

Dampness may cause serious structural damage to a property’s structure and jeopardise structural integrity if not treated on time, in addition to the aesthetic discomfort it causes. It’s also proof that it can cause respiratory problems, mainly affecting those who already have respiratory issues.

Whether you have dampness due to condensation, leaking guttering, or leaking pipes, call our damp removal and damp proofing professionals as soon as possible to get it addressed.

Damp can create a variety of problems in the building if left untreated, including:

  • Peeling paint
  • Rotten wood – dry rot, wet rot problems
  • Crumbling plaster
  • Warped floorboards
  • Rusty steel and fasteners
  • Warped facing and skirting boards

Sussex Damp Experts can identify and fix your problems, giving a cost-effective solution, whether you have a flooded house, rising damp issues or condensation concerns.

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Damp Proofing Services – Expected Costs

How Expensive Is A Damp Survey?

A damp survey will cost between £150 and £350 for a typical three-bedroom detached house. This is the price you should anticipate spending if you hire a chartered surveyor who is completely qualified and accredited. However, the price may vary greatly depending on the size and location of the property, as with other surveys.

Treatment And Repairs Costs

The expenses of damp proofing are determined by various criteria, including the property’s dimensions, architecture, kind of damp causes, and 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 grasp the situation before giving you the most cost-effective price.

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Sussex Damp Experts – Your Damp Proofing Specialists

Our expert surveyors will be able to examine your property’s faults and provide the best cost-effective option for repair, no matter what type of damp issue is present.

Sussex Damp Experts is a property preservation company with a team of having damp proofing specialists with vast expertise in damp proofing treatments. We’re proud of our customer service and ability to deliver high-quality, dependable solutions backed by long-term warranties customers can count on. Our damp treatment services come with a money-back guarantee and 30 years of warranty.

Contact our friendly team on 01273 257 765 to schedule a property survey if you’ve spotted any worrisome damp walls or wet stains.

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