Damp Proofing

Condensation prevention


High levels of humidity, ventilation, and poor air flow are the first things we look at when dealing with condensation. Condensation forms when humidity levels are especially high. Moisture settles on surface areas that are much colder than the ambient temperature, such as exterior uninsulated walls.

This is escalated further when there is no airflow to move the moisture around the room. If left untreated, this can cause severe damage to walls, furnishings, and clothing. Furthermore, this can affect our health. Moisture will eventually progress onto all walls and surfaces, forming mold spores that progress into black mold, which then become airborne and spread quickly, leading to respiratory conditions for those in occupancy.

Rising damp in Chester

Rising damp

Capillary action enables moisture to climb up within the walls to a height of 1.2 meters, evaporating and leaving unsightly salts on the surface, which are also detrimental to health. The main causes of this are when no damp-proof course has been installed, bridging when external ground levels (such as driveways, paths, pavements, etc.) have been raised over a period of years, incorrect installation of a damp-proof course, or suffocating the building due to repointing.

It's important to remember that rising damp can't be cured, but it can be controlled by our trained specialists, leaving a showroom-finished, healthy home. The best remedy will be discussed during inspection.

Penetrating damp at Chester property

Penetrating damp

Penetrating damp is a common issue that many property owners face, and it can cause significant damage if left untreated. This type of damp occurs when water penetrates through the walls, roofs, or other exterior surfaces of a building, leading to moisture seeping into the interior spaces. The consequences of penetrating damp can range from unsightly water stains and peeling paint to more severe problems such as structural damage and the growth of mold and mildew.

It is essential to address this issue promptly to prevent further deterioration and protect the integrity of your property. By employing effective damp proofing techniques and utilizing quality materials, such as damp proof membranes and breathable renders, we can effectively combat penetrating damp and ensure a dry and healthy living environment for years to come.

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