Sussex Damp Experts – Damp Proofing Specialists

Water is likely infiltrating from the outside if your room’s floor has moist patches, is discoloured, stained or has squeaking floorboards. External issues such as broken pipes and damages on the outside isolation are just a few reasons why a room’s floor is damp. Sussex Damp Experts deal with all moisture problems.

Don’t allow a moisture problem to ruin your home. If not addressed promptly, water can eat away at a house’s structure and lead to toxic, unpleasant mould growth.

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Causes Of Damp In Floors

Rising Damp

The movement of water travelling upwards through porous building material in contact with the ground is known as rising damp. This is caused by air drying on the upper surfaces, causing the floor or wall to function as a wick, drawing water upwards from the ground by capillary action, which subsequently evaporates from the surface into the atmosphere. The moisture will continue to rise until it reaches a point where gravity will pull it back down unless evaporation is achieved.

Rising damp occurs when the damp proof course (DPC) of a building fails or is obstructed by high terrain. A DPC is a physical layer of impermeable material that is added during construction. Various dissolved nitrates, chlorides, and other salts (hygroscopic ground salts) will be moved upwards into the brickwork and plaster by water flowing from the earth. As the water evaporates, more and more of these salts are accumulated in the wall. Because ground salts are quickly dissolved, they readily absorb moisture from the surrounding environment.

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Penetrating Damp

Various dissolved nitrates, chlorides, and other salts (hygroscopic ground salts) will be moved upwards into the brickwork and plaster by water flowing from the earth. As the water evaporates, more and more of these salts are accumulated in the wall. Because ground salts are quickly dissolved, they readily absorb moisture from the surrounding environment.

Rising humidity in a wall is frequently the cause of wood rot in neighbouring timbers. As a result, even when the rising damp is cured, the plaster will always be damp or polluted. As a result, while correcting rising moisture, the plaster is usually removed.

Penetrating moisture into walls above exterior ground level can occur for a variety of causes. One of these could be wind-driven rain, which is mainly out of the property owner’s control depending on the direction of the rain. Unfortunately, this might cause moisture to flow downward within the structure.

While wind-driven rain cannot be controlled in terms of direction or force, it can be prevented from entering the structure and inflicting internal damage. Water intrusion can be caused by cracks in external render coatings, loose and missing pointing on walls and around window and door frames, poor flashings around roof structures, and defective rainwater goods such as leaking or blocked gutters down-pipes, and hoppers, among other things.

Penetrating damp could cause substantial harm to the property if it is not maintained correctly, including fungal rot outbreaks (dry rot and wet rot attacks).

During periods of high humidity, penetrating wet can trigger the migration of hygroscopic salts into the interior plaster finishes, causing random and isolated patches of dampness to occur.

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Treatments for Damp Floors

Damp Proof Coursing (DPC)

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 address 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.

Specialist Rendering

The damp-proof course will keep the humidity from rising any farther. 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. Where this occurs to an unacceptable degree, re-plastering is required. Sussex Damp Experts has expert plasterers on staff and would be happy to provide quotes for this job.


Sussex Damp Experts – Cost-Effective Damp Proofing

The expenses of repairing a damp problem are determined by various criteria, including the property’s dimensions, architecture, kind of damp cause, 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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Why Choose Sussex Damp Experts?

Investigations And Damp Treatments Specialists

Sussex Damp Experts is a company that specialises in damp proofing, waterproofing, timber preservation, and other property damp issues. We also do preliminary investigations that always end in a damp report, such as a damp survey, a damp and timber survey, and a timber survey, identifying any timber concerns, whether they are the consequence of timber flaws, construction defects, or previous ineffective remedial work.

We do in-depth, non-destructive site inspections and surveys, followed by detailed written reports containing recommendations and instructions for any necessary remedial work. We can also provide pricing and estimations for corrective work based on the findings of the investigation. We will try to offer a clearer understanding of the charges stated as best as possible for your peace of mind.

Damp Treatment And Damp Proofing Specialist Team

Sussex Damp Experts have competent employees who will deliver outstanding service while having a friendly attitude, which is something we’re quite proud of. From the initial survey to the follow-up consultation on the task at hand to the actual work, we value knowledge, professionalism, and hard work, so you can relax knowing you’re in excellent hands. Some advantages of choosing us:

  • Experts in comprehensive damp and timber reports;
  • Surveyors with full qualifications from the CSRT;
  • Members of the Property Care Association (PCA);
  • A recommendable company;
  • A comprehensive approach to older structures;
  • Providing you with a clean medical bill of health;
  • Employees that are both friendly and courteous;
  • Quick surveys and reports;
  • Client information is kept strictly confidential.

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