Damp in Buildings

Damp in buildings

Rising damp can be a problem in some types of buildings, however it can be misdiagnosed. It is important that a qualified surveyor inspects the property in order to ascertain the source of damp. This could be caused by a number of reasons i.e. rising dampness, penetrating damp, a water leak or atmospheric condensation.

Rising Damp
The absence of an effective damp proof course, or breakdown to an existing damp proof course, can create numerous problems internally to a property. The most common being contamination of lower internal wall plaster due to water rising from the ground and depositing salts in the brickwork which are hygroscopic. That is to say, the salts attract moisture back into the plaster from the atmosphere. Fungal decay can also occur to adjacent timber joinery and flooring timbers. To determine the cause of dampness in your property contact us now on 01255 886444 or email us at info@hyltreat.co.uk, to arrange for our experienced surveyor to carry out a detailed inspection.

Subsequent to the inspection, a comprehensive report and estimate will be submitted detailing our findings and the appropriate remedial measures considered necessary to eradicate the problems. Chemical damp proofing has now established itself as being one of the most effective solutions.

It should be noted that when remedial chemical damp proofing is specified, the work is normally covered by a 20 year guarantee.

Damp and Defective Wall Plaster
If the wall plaster has become contaminated by hygroscopic ground salts, it will be necessary to remove and renew the defective internal wall plaster. This work can be carried out by our own experienced workforce, together with the repair or replacement of decayed skirting boards and timbers if required. An estimate can be provided for these works.

Penetrating Dampness
Buildings can be prone to problems brought about by penetration of moisture through neglect or lack of maintenance. Before any remedial measures internally are contemplated, it is essential to make the building watertight, and to ensure that the following external items are in a sound and serviceable condition. Roof coverings, flashings, rainwater goods, brickwork and pointing, rendering, joinery and paintwork.