Damp proofing - Plymouth

Damp problem is very common all over the UK. It is a serious warning sign of a sick building. Once you discover damp in your home it is better to take action right away, because the longer you wait the more damage can be caused in the walls and eventually in the structure of the building. Procrestinate damp proofing will lowering the value of your property quite a bit and lead you to a very costly repair. If you suspect damp or you know there is already developed in your property don’t hesitate to contact us for a damp survey where we carry out a deep diagnosis of your home. With a precise diagnosis and the appropriate treatment, a lot can be done to save your house and keep the walls healthy for long years without fearing of the moist is coming back.

Don’t hesitate to call us to find out what sort of damp problems you have in. Our trained and experienced specialists carry out a damp survey with the least disturbance and suggest the right treatment plan tailored to your situation. We will do everything that needs to be done in order to get rid of wetness and mould from the walls and ceiling of your home for many years. We also let you know about the time of the job and the procedure explained in a simple way that will put your mind in ease. Give us a call for a free telephone consultation and let’s discuss your case to find out how we can help you.

Why you should turn to a damp specialist?

Although you will find a lot of damp kits for DIY projects out there, you should still seek the help of an expert to take care of your damp problems. If you find condensation and moulds that will not go off regardless of what you do, damp specialists should have the ability to find the root source of the problem and expel it to avoid further damp issues.

In most cases in Plymouth, homeowners try to deal with the problem and work out a good looking treatment plan, although they treat the symptoms and not the cause. This is very dangerous for many reasons. Damping still occurs further behind the scene and potentially cause structural damage. The fact that damp easily turn to mould that causes several other issues on your and families health. Constantly wet surfaces and mould in your house can weaken your immune system alongside respiratory infections, allergies, asthma.

This can happen easily when the damp problem is misdiagnosed and the real problem has been left untreated. To find out what the problem is you need a professional damp survey. You might have no damp issue at all! Even then we can identify the cause of the sign and give you useful advice. Requesting a free quote from our trusted team on the following number. Call us 0122315465

Why do your walls become wet?

There are many different reasons behind the wet wall. You might see signs of damp but sometimes these moist signs are invisible. The main types of damp problems are the followings:

Wet Walls by - Condensation

Condensation is a natural phenomenon. Here it is simply explained: The warm air is able to keep a higher level of water in itself than the cold air. Then the humid hot air meets colder surfaces where the water starts appearing in small drops. This is the same when you cook and a lot of hot steam exposed to the air and you see water drops on the windows, or tiles and other metal materials. When this event combined with poor ventilation, closed windows, we create a perfect condition for mould and mildew. If condensation is the only cause of the wet walls you can consider yourself lucky because there is a very cost-effective system called (PIV) Positive Input Ventilation. This system ventilates humid air and indoor pollution to the outside air. It is usually installed in lofts. Of course, some awareness and lifestyle changes help to prevent wall condensations too. Many times condensation is just oil on the fire and escorts element of the other types of damp problem, like penetrating damp or rising damp. Ask for a survey that reveals the cause of damp walls. 01254544

Tips to avoid condensation

  • dry clothes outside
  • don’t put clothes on the radiator
  • cook with a lid on it at most times
  • use the extractor fan when you cook (if you have)
  • maintain good ventilation, open windows
  • heat up your home a bit higher temperature
  • vented outside the tumble dryer
  • wipe down cold surfaces
  • wipe down the shower cabin after use
  • cover fish tank/aquarium if you have one
  • use dehumidifiers to keep the moister level low

Wet Walls by - Penetrating Damp

You should consider about penetrating damp as a serious issue. It simply happens because water leaking into the walls from outside of the building. The potential causes can be broken plumbing, blocked, broken or missing gutters, cracked, damaged or missing roof tiles, blocked drain, non-breathing external walls, damage in the brickwork somewhere, cracks in the wall, faulty windowsills. As the water goes inside deeper and deeper can reach the wooden structures of the building and cause wet rot or dry rot by the time. Penetrating damp usually more noticeable after heavy rain. Keep on eye on your property. Penetrating damp will cause serious damage in timber as wet rot. If you suspect penetrating wetness in your property get in touch and our team will identify the cause of water ingress easily and most of the time can be resolved with a cost-effective damp treatment. tel:0124585

Tips to avoid penetrating damp

  • keep in mind and check regularly your home
  • use an electronic moisture meter to check the critical level
  • take a closer look on exterior walls and look for cracks or water signs
  • during rain look around in the loft if is there any water coming through the roof

Wet walls by Rising Damp

As the name indicates water rising up through the porous wall on the ground level, brick from the ground, leaving marks on the wall like pealing flaky painting, tide marks caused by salt from the ground, rotten skirting board timber, bubbly wallpaper and usually curl up at the corners. big black mould patches close to the ground (until 1 m). If you see these signs of damp you more likely facing to rising damp. But it can be something different. That’s why we need to diagnose the cause because if there is something else behind the damp signs than rising damp like condensation only there is no need to apply expensive solution inappropriately.

Modern houses usually were built with a Damp Proof Course (DPC) that should not let rising damp happening. The only reason rising damp occurs when the DPC is missing (in older buildings) or it was not done properly and moist can travel up on porouse bricks and walls.

You can not do anything to prevent rising damp but fix it. There are two ways to execute a rising damp treatment in this case. If there was a damp proof course installed we just need to fix it otherwise, we need to build a damp proof course from scratch. That’s the only way to work this out. Although this type of work requires quite a lot of disturbance it will stop the building from further deterioration and help your home to dry naturally.

Is your basement waterproof?

Basement tanking is essential for your home as to keep away moist and long term damage. Basement tanking is one of the damp proofing treatments that completely seal all walls of your basement including the floor and the ceiling. It creates a waterproof barrier on the walls. It does not matter if your property is new or old, it could still be affected by water from the ground. Some properties might perhaps not need a current damp proofing membrane among others are built with conventional damp-proof barriers that were installed directly onto the wall and below the floor chimney to prevent water from penetrating your premises. Regrettably, these damp proofing systems are sometimes maybe not fitted properly, become damaged or becoming bridged when underground water levels rise. This could result in moist stains in your walls, floor or even flooding in more acute instances. Once this happens your basements can have additional moist issues such as condensations and mould growth. A more effective option to traditional waterproofing would be a water management system that doesn’t simply hold the water back at the water-proofed area but directs it to some drainage system also removes the water from the premises. Call us proofing specialists for basement tanking and basement tanking survey to discuss your case. 01245054654

FAQ - Damp Proofing Treatment Plymouth

What is the cost of damp proofing?

Damp is a common in issue in Plymouth, which affects many domiciles and causes enormous levels of stress for homeowners, that genuinely believe that solving the situation will involve complex, messy, and more high priced work. To find out the best damp treatment for your home is essential.It really depends on the supplier and contractors and the size of the problem, although an average starting point that damp proofing company charge is 75£ metre of the wall. Thankfully, many cases of damp can be treated with simple and inexpensive repairs – as long as your tradesperson knows what they are trying to find.

How long is the damp proofing process?

The required time for damp treatment can vary between 2-4 days depends on the result of the damp survey that should have been done thoughtfully. Then if your situation requires a whole new damp proofing course all in the house you should calculate additional days on to it. Ask our damp specialist about your case. 0125654654

How to eliminate damp from my home?

Every effective damp proofing starts with a correct diagnosis. You don’t want to just treat the symptoms and let the moist come back on your wall over and over again. Damp treatments require damp proofing specialists who have surveyors can properly diagnose and recommend tailored damp treatment. What you can do after damp proofing is, wiping off the wet surfaces like shower cabin after use, make sure the room is well ventilated when you cook, don’t place wet clothes on hot radiators etc..

How long does damp proofing last?

When damp-proofing is executed by experts and left with a quality work behind, damp proofing last usually 15-30 years. If dump comes back it can be because of some damage in the property and it is most likely penetrating damp than rising damp.

What is dry rot?

Dry rot (known by the scientific name of Serpula lacrymans) is just a wood-destroying bacterium that melts the cellulose of wood in order to grow and disperse. This procedure leaves the lumber in a dry and brittle condition together with noticeable cracks running through it, leaving any influenced surface in your house very susceptible indeed. Dry rot is caused when humidity (between 18 – 30 percent ) and bad ventilation combine to provide the perfect habitat for bacterial growth. As such, dry rot can strike any type of property from the very old to the newly constructed ones too.

Dry rot spores are actually around us all the time and you will be found in the majority of houses without causing any problem. However, these spores may form into a dry rot fungal increase if they settle at a location with a food source (wood) and adequate moisture for them to come up with and germinate.

Once a sterile rot infestation has taken grip in your property then you will have to take action to remove it and ensure influenced timbers are replaced and treated. With an effective plan of treatment, the Dry rot will continue to disperse and likely cause serious structural damage to your dwelling.

How do you damp proof a wall?

For the damp proofing, our specialist removes the damaged plaster from the wall then the damp proofing membrane needs to be cut the right size to fit on the walls. Once we have the right size of membrane we drill and then fix the membrane tight to the wall to make sure is not going to move. After damp proofing membrane is installed to the walls, it’s time to cover it, plaster it and then let it dry.

What is a damp proofing membrane?

A damp proof membrane can be a high-density polyethene which is impermeable to water ingress and any contaminants linked with this problem. This leaves damp proof membrane a perfect material from treating of damp issues like penetrating damp and rising damp. The membrane is fastened to internal walls after the source of the water ingress was mended and its bumpy surface produces a pit that allows moisture to evaporate from the wall. These membranes have been also utilised in structural waterproofing projects in basements and cellars as part of a cavity drainage process.

Is damp proofing same as waterproofing?

Waterproofing solutions are the type of work that needs to be done when you need to keep away not just dump but actual water that can come through the wall cavities and easily flood your cellar or basement causing potential damaging. The tanking system also includes drainage to help the water run down and disappear. The waterproofing tanking solution usually required the underground part of the building where underwater is in contact with the wall.

Can I get rid of damp with a dehumidifier?

Using a dehumidifier is a preventing action that can keep the air dry and prevent condensation, although damp can still appear for reasons like water penetrating in the wall cavity, or previous structural waterproofing is faulty. Can be anything that only a surveyor is able to tell. Treat the cause and not the symptoms.

What is wet rot?

Wet rot, quite simply put, is a pure decay of lumber at the existence of high moisture. Wet rot is actually a general term that’s often utilized to describe various fungal species which can be accountable for wet rot. The most usual of these wet rot fungal species is Cellar Fungus. Over the years this leads to a loss from the potency of this wood. Any wood that’s exposed to excess moisture will get an ideal breeding ground to wet rot pours. This excess moisture that leads to wet rot can be caused by various reasons. As an instance, it might possibly be from a leaky roof, burst pipes in your home, a leaking tub or even a washer which hasn’t been a plumber incorrectly. The explanations for excess moisture in the home are infinite, but the outcome is exactly the exact same. If your timbers are exposed to damp for a length of time, the results is very likely to be a form of moist decay, and this needs to be medicated.


Between wet and dry rot there is a massive difference and therefore, they have been completely different issues and will need to be treated in different ways. While wet rot is much less destructive as dry rot if left and maybe not treated it can lead to serious structural damage to your building.

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