What Are Damp Proofing Treatments?

Damp proofing is a method of preventing moisture from entering a building’s interior through the floors and walls. Dampness can impact any structure, particularly older properties that lack a damp control system. There are two types of damp: rising damp and penetrating damp. Regardless of the type of moisture problem your property has, our damp proofing professionals will locate it and treat it.

When applied to basements, it’s also known as cellar tanking, basement tanking or basement waterproofing. If you notice rising damp, penetrating damp, timber issues as dry rot or wet rot in an area underground, you can rely on Sussex Damp Experts’ damp proofing services. On projects ranging from small domestic restorations to large commercial projects, including car-parks, tunnels, and new constructions, we’ve experience with a variety of waterproofing and tanking methods. Whatever your project entails, Sussex Damp Experts is the company you call for expert damp proofing.

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What Are The Most Common Damp Causes In Basements?


One of the most prevalent causes of wetness in most homes is condensation, which can be found in all areas of the house, but it especially concerns areas where water is used often. This occurs when warm moist air collides with cold surfaces, causing water to appear on the surface.

Plumbing Issues

Some relatively minor plumbing leaks could be the source of vast and significant damp patches – water escape can be minor, but it is frequently frequent and concentrated in the same area. The area soon consumes more moisture than it can release, and the excess spreads to nearby places due to the forceful, recurrent wetting.

Defects in the Construction

Many typical structural defects, such as weak or defective mortar paths in outside walls, substandard stone windows, poor door and window sealing, and poorly kept wooden doors and windows, can all contribute to indoor dampness.

Leaking Gutters

Poor guttering could be the source of a damp place in your home or backyard. Guttering can induce dampness. Quite possibly, this is when most of the network is coated in debris or filth and dirt.

All of these can cause rising damp, penetrating damp and mould development if not treated properly. This can originate health issues, especially worrying people with respiratory conditions. With our damp proofing services, you can have your basement waterproofing done by damp proofing experts and forget about any damp problem.

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Is It Possible For Damp To Cause Structural Damage In Basements?

Damp may wreak havoc on a building’s structural stability. Outside, the mortar could break, leaving salt marks on the walls. Fasteners made of steel and iron will rust much more, weakening the structure. The mortal and plaster can break off the afflicted wall in severe situations. Furthermore, humidity can result in secondary property damage. Excessive moisture encourages the growth of particular wood fungus, which can lead to health issues and the so-called sick building syndrome. Furthermore, humidity promotes the deterioration of plaster and paint, as well as the peeling of wallpaper.

That’s why it’s so important to damp proof correctly your basement. Call Sussex Damp Experts today to have damp proofing specialists take a look at your property, elaborate a comprehensive damp and timber survey and recommend the best basement waterproof strategy for your requirements.

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What Is the Importance Of Basement Tanking?

Damp proofing is a method of preventing moisture from entering the property. At Sussex Damp Experts, we provide a variety of damp proofing options, each with its own set of advantages.

A damp proof course (DPC) is a technique that helps control increasing damp by controlling the moisture that their capillary action causes. Even when rising damp is minimised, there will typically be a tiny amount of moisture maintained in the substrate due to salt contamination. Sussex Damp Experts will install a chemical DPC system to control the problem if necessary. At regular intervals, the chemical DPC is injected into the walls. The salt-contaminated plaster will be replaced, and the decorative surface will be protected from any remaining moisture in the wall.

The DPC will keep the humidity from rising any further. Water-attractive hygroscopic salts, which are transported from the earth to the brickwork by increased wetness, will continue to draw moisture, especially during periods of high humidity. Re-plastering to the Sussex Damp Experts specification is required if this occurs to an unsatisfactory degree. Sussex Damp Experts has expert plasterers on staff and would be happy to provide quotes for this job.

A damp proof membrane (DPM) is a specific membrane that is put into a structure to keep moisture out. Buildings are protected from water and moisture, including rain, using this coating process. A DPM uses a polyethene material positioned beneath a sheet of concrete to help manage moisture. It’s also built of cement, like shotcrete, which can withstand dampness, humidity, and pressure. The cavity wall’s structure creates a cavity between the inner and exterior walls to keep water out, while masonry walls use pressure grouting to cover all gaps.

These are a few examples of techniques used for damp proofing. Please contact our team to know the options available for your property and start using all of your basement’s potential.

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Where Can Basement Damp Proofing Be Used?

Also known as tanking, basement damp-proofing is a practice that can be carried out in any room. It is, however, particularly important in underground structures, walls, or floors that come into direct contact with the earth.

Cellars can be damp and useless for storing anything other than a bottle of wine and an old can of paint. If you want to use your cellar or basement to its greatest potential, you’ll need to keep it dry. Tanking methods apply an impervious waterproofing coating to the walls and floors of vaults, keeping them dry and allowing them to be used for a wider range of purposes. Damp proofing it’s an investment not only for your health but also increases your property’s value.

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Basement Waterproofing At Competitive Prices

The expenses of addressing damp problems, whether repairing or preventing them, are determined by various criteria, including the property’s dimensions, architecture, kind of damp cause, and materials used, amongst 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.

Why Choose Sussex Damp Experts

Sussex Damp Experts offers a variety of damp treatment and property preservation services to customers throughout Sussex and the South East. Our staff specialises in damp investigations, timber treatment, damp proofing, including basement tanking, between others and we take satisfaction in providing honest, practical solutions to all damp problems for our customers. As a TrustMark member, you may be confident that you will receive the best service, including extensive surveys and excellent aftercare guidance.

We adhere to high standards when it comes to damp inspections, damp proofing treatments, professional re-plastering and wood preservation.

We give homeowners, local authorities, small businesses, and commercial property owners and managers highly customised, skilled, and dependable damp proofing treatment and repair services, as well as excellent communication. So give us a call at 01273 257 765 to chat with a member of our friendly staff about your requirements.

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