Protect your property and health from the damage damp does

There are different types of damp and each has its own solution.  Our main damp proofing service is to stop rising damp by inserting a damp proof membrane into your walls.  However, we treat all types of damp including condensation.

New properties have damp proof membranes inserted whilst they are being built, however, for older properties this wasn’t a legal requirement and so many still do not have one, or an old membrane may have become damaged over time.

If you have rising damp it is essential you have it dealt with professionally, as using a paint or other sealant will not remedy it.

Rising damp will not only damage the structure of your property, but it can affect the health of those living in the property and can make some conditions, like asthma, dramatically worsen.

 

What is Rising Damp?

Rising damp is ground water soaking into the fabric of your property and moving up the wall or across the floor.  It can be caused by standing water, heavy rainfall, and poor drainage of the ground outside your property.

How do I know if I have a Rising Damp problem?

If you have a rising damp problem in your property there will be a number of signs

  • There may be a musty smell
  • You may see paintwork bubble on walls or wallpaper lift or peel
  • White, powdery substance appearing on walls (plaster salts)
  • You may notice discoloured or damp patches on walls – often with a yellow or brown tide-mark like staining
  • You may notice condensation on windows which previously didn’t suffer

Rising damp will do exactly as its name suggests and start low down, rising up walls, and possibly spread across floors.

The longer you allow a rising damp problem to develop the more difficult and expensive it is to cure, so please do not delay getting in touch with us if you suspect you have it.

 

Checking for Rising Damp

If you suspect you have rising damp, the best way to check is to run your hand across the wall at a low level.  If the wall is painted, your hand will have some of the white powdery plaster salts on it.  If the wall is wallpapered, you will probably hear a slight crunching sound as you run your hand across it.  This is the plaster salt underneath the paper being squashed by the pressure from your hand.

 

How do I know if I have a Damp Proofing Course already installed in the house?

If you have an existing damp proof course (membrane) in your property you will be able to see it from the outside.  Look at the first couple of layers of brickwork above ground level and you should see a thin black membrane between courses.  The membrane should be at least 15cm above ground level.

However, sometimes if new pathways or patios have been laid or gardens re-landscaped, an amateur may have, without understanding the implications, made the new outside level higher than the membrane.  This would mean the property is no longer protected from rising damp.

 

Damp Proofing Services

If you suspect you have rising damp in your property and you live in Doncaster and the surrounding areas, then please contact us without delay so that we can discuss our damp proofing services with you.  Whether you have rising damp, or any other form of damp issue, we are the only company you need.

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