Damp Proofing

Damp Proofing Specialists in Yorkshire

What is Damp Proofing?

Damp ProofingDamp proofing is a method of controlling and preventing moisture build-up on walls and floors from passing into the interior spaces of a property, and is a very common occurrence in any household.

Our damp proofing specialist, who are CSRT certified, can easily fix your damp problems, having over 25-years experience. Additionally, our experienced surveyor specialises in finding the exact cause of the problem and choosing the best way to rectify it.

Due to COVID19, we follow all Government guidelines and make sure we still provide damp proofing services in homes and commercial premises. We take all precautions with regards to social distancing and the use of shielding equipment.

Get in touch with our damp proofing expert team, and allow them to assist you in determining the best course of action to prevent damp problems while remaining safe. Just call us on 0148 436 7130 or click on the contact menu and request a free survey.

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Damp Indicators

  • Damp patches on walls and ceilings, which grows in size and get darker in color when it rains.
  • Peeling wallpaper or plaster
  • Damp stains on external walls, leading to discoloration
  • Wet, porous, powdery and bubbling plaster or paint
  • Constant damp smell
  • Signs of black mold – brown, muddy, dark and slimy looking appearance.
  • Dribbling water from walls and ceilings.

If you notice any of the above damp signs in your property, feel free to request a free penetrating damp survey from Damp2Dry Solutions.

Causes of Damp

  • Rainwater penetration to malfunctioning goods of the property like leaking gutters and downpipes.
  • Plumbing problems
  • Failing damp proof courses (DPC)
  • Poor ventilation
  • Absorption of underground water because of high groundwater levels.
  • Degraded masonry (brick and stone).
  • Defective plastering of walls.
  • Faulty roofing and pointing
  • Poor drip grooves under window slabs
  • Cracked seals around doors and windows
  • Damaged building base because of tree roots or invasive weeds
  • Damp cavity wall insulation

Damp Proofing Walls

Damp proofing is the solution that comes to most people’s mind when they see damp indicators appearing on their internal walls. Damp walls can damage the appearance of paint, plaster, wallpaper, and other decoration materials and equipment. It can cause serious problems such as wet rot, dry rot, increased heat loss, black mold growth and damp wall insulation.

Damp walls can also cause health problems such as asthma and other respiratory issues. If you notice any sign of dampness in your property, it would be better for your home and your health to act on this issue urgently. The sooner you fix your damp problems, the lower the chance of future damp damage and the need to spend on expensive damp treatments.

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Types of Damp

There are mainly three types of damp that can damage your property. These are:

  • Rising Damp – Rising damp is a rare type of damp that affects the walls of buildings. This occurs when moisture from the ground travels upwards through tiny vesicles of the bricks by capillary action. This water is contaminated with salt, that also travels up through the wall.
  • Penetration Damp - Penetration damp (also known as water ingress or lateral damp) is the horizontal moisture build-up process on walls from the outside to the inside of a property. Penetrating damp usually occurs in older buildings. But it can affect properties of any age and any level. If not treated on time, penetrating damp can lead to more serious problems.
  • Condensation – Condensation is the most familiar damp problem in buildings and homes, affecting one in five UK properties. It is a collection of water droplets on walls or windows of a building, caused by the difference in temperature of air and walls or windows surface. If left untreated for a long time, condensation can damage the aesthetic of the property, leading to peeling paint or wallpaper.

Damp Treatments

Pinpointing the exact type of damp problem can sometimes be very difficult for someone who has no experience in performing such tasks, as the signs of rising damp, penetrating damp or condensation may look quite similar but each of them requires specific treatment for its treatment.Often when looking for damp proofing treatments, remedial damp proof course (DPC) is quite popular and effective. DPC is the barrier that is created within walls to prevent rising of water moisture through capillary action (rising damp).

There are various types of damp proofing treatments, which are used for different types of damp.

What is Damp-proof course (DPC)?

A damp proof course is a barrier damp proofing treatment used for treating rising damp. It is a barrier constructed within walls to prevent rising damp. DPC can be horizontal or vertical. To repair a broken damp-proof course or for the installation of a new one, there are different methods available, but most popular is damp proof injection. Damp proof injection is the process of making holes in the walls through drilling and inserting cement-based mortar into the holes.

A damp proof course can only help in preventing rising damp and will not be effective on other damp problems such as condensation or penetrating damp. Therefore, we always first recommend seeking an experienced surveyor to develop a customized treatment plan before getting a damp-proof course installed. Partner with a qualified and recognized company, Damp2Dry Solutions to save yourself from unnecessary expenses for needless treatments.

What is a Damp proof membrane?

A damp proof membrane is a technique used for treating rising damp and penetrating damp. A damp proof membrane is composed of highly dense polyethylene, which is impermeable to water ingress, making it suitable for treating damp problems.

Once the source of penetrating damp is fixed, the damp proof membrane is placed in the internal walls. It creates a cavity that paves the way for moisture to evaporate from the wall behind. This membrane is also used for preventing damp that occurs because of high groundwater level.

Do I Need to Remove the Plaster from Walls Before Setting up a Damp-Proofing Course?

Yes, it is required. We need to remove the plasters first and then install the damp-proof course. Due to developing damp from high-level underground water, it not only brings moisture but also hygroscopic salts.

Hygroscopic salts provide a favorable condition for damp to grow. Even after damp-proof course has been installed, the damaged plaster can still develop damp. Therefore, it is crucial to remove and replace salt contaminated plaster before any damp proofing.

Do I Need a Damp Proofing Specialist?

In order to apply the correct moist proofing technique, it is important to correctly identify the type of damp problem, for which is recommended to first get a damp survey from a qualified damp- proofing company. Contact a damp proofing specialist to protect your property from serious damp problems like dry rot, wet rot, increased heat loss, etc.

Contact the best damp proofing company in Yorkshire, Damp2Dry Solutions, a IOSH Certified Company to enjoy excellent damp proofing services. For any help and advice regarding damp problems and our services, feel free to get in touch with our professional damp proofing specialists by calling 0148 436 7130 or request a free survey.

We Provide Bespoke Services accross entire Yorkshire

East Yorkshire- Bridlington, Beverley, Driffield, Goole, Hedon, Hessle, Hornsea, Howden, Kingston upon Hull, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Withernsea

South Yorkshire- Barnsley, Bawtry, Dinnington, Doncaster, Hatfield, Mexborough, Penistone, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wombwell

West Yorkshire- Batley, Bradford, Brighouse, Castleford, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Ilkley, Keighley, Leeds, Morley, Normanton, Ossett, Otley, Pontefract, Pudsey, Todmorden, Wakefield, Wetherby, Yeadon

We are here to help you stop penetrating damp problems

Contact a leading penetration damp company in Yorkshire, Damp2Dry Solutions to help you protect your property from Damp Proofing. For any help and advice regarding damp problems and our services, feel free to get in touch with our professional penetration damp specialists by calling 0148 436 7130 or request a free survey.

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