Damp Proofing

Damp Proofing Specialists

Buildings often suffer from dampness which can lead to problems including fungal attack of timbers, Wood Boring Beetle infestation and mould growth. Dampness in buildings must be addressed at the earliest opportunity and not allowed to develop, especially as issues associated with damp can have an affect on human health.

Damp proofing professionals with a wealth of experience

With over 35 years of trading behind us Protectahome have trained, experienced surveyors who are able to assess buildings ensuring an accurate diagnosis. We also offer a comprehensive range of damp proofing treatments and techniques for resolving these issues, each targeted to deal in a sympathetic way with the needs of the occupier and the building itself. These services cover both Domestic and Commercial properties for both business and private customers.
Protectahome Specialist Damp Survey
Protectahome Specialist Damp Survey

Damp proofing explained

Damp proofing is the term used to describe the prevention of damp, a very common household problem which can cause significant damage to both the exterior and interior of your home, often resulting in a cold, wet and uncomfortable living environment. When installed properly, damp proofing prevents water and moisture from entering into your home and damaging interior spaces. Damp proofing prevents a number of structural problems such as wet rising damp, dry rot and wet rot. At Protectahome we have a wealth of experience in damp proofing basements, walls and cellars in a diverse range of homes and buildings.

What is a damp proof course?

A damp proof course is a layer of waterproof material that is positioned and laid in the lower regions of foundation walls to prevent damp from rising via capillary action.

Damp proofing is not just about the process of the introduction of a remedial damp proof course, it’s about the whole approach to the building envelope to promote a dry, healthy building, maintained in a watertight and weatherproof condition.

Environmental control is also an essential element to consider, with the introduction of more insulation and the reduction in natural ventilation. We deal with five principle causes of dampness in buildings, which cover most problems we encounter. It is not uncommon for some buildings to suffer from one or a combination of all of the sources of damp as detailed or described below.

White Dots show Completed Damp Proof Course Injection
White Dots show Completed Damp Proof Course Injection
Protectahome Technician During Damp Proof Course Installation
Protectahome Technician During Damp Proof Course Installation

Rainwater Penetration into Buildings

• Leaking roofs • Defective rainwater pipes and gutters • Design defects • Inadequate wall thickness • Defective or lack of maintenance • Orientation or exposure of the building itself.
Damaged guttering leading to Penetrating Damp
Damaged guttering leading to Penetrating Damp
Plant Growth Highlighting Moisture Ingress Through Cracked Mortar
Plant Growth Highlighting Moisture Ingress Through Cracked Mortar

Movement of Ground Water

• Rising damp in walls • Rising damp in floors • Changes in Water Tables • Lateral Ground Water penetration through retaining walls.
Damp Plaster - Damp Proof Course Required
Damp Plaster - Damp Proof Course Required
Failed Waterproofing Installed by others, Protectahome called in to provide a Remedial Solution.
Failed Waterproofing Installed by others, Protectahome called in to provide a Remedial Solution.

Water in the air within the building

• High humidity levels leading to the release of water through condensation • Moisture attracting (hygroscopic) materials incorporated into the construction • Moisture attracting (hygroscopic) salt contamination of building materials.
Large Amount of Condensation on Window
Large Amount of Condensation on Window
Large Mould Growth in Kitchen
Large Mould Growth in Kitchen

Escape of Water Internally and Externally

• Burst or leaking pipes and tanks either inside or outside of buildings • Escape of water problems can sometimes be prevented by basic preventative maintenance such as applying insulation to exposed pipework or just by following good building practice.
Leaking Pipe
Leaking Pipe
Escape of Water
Escape of Water

Flooding

There is now an increased threat to buildings in the form of flooding; becoming the fifth and most common form of dampness that regularly affects buildings we deal with. Flooding can affect buildings above and below ground level.

For more information about flooding, what can be done to prevent buildings flooding and how a flooded building can be reoccupied at the earliest opportunity please see the Flooding pages of this website.

Flooding
Flooding
Protectahome Flood Mitigation Scheme
Protectahome Flood Mitigation Scheme
With offices in Bristol, Bromsgrove, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Leamington, Llanelli, London, Newport, Plymouth, Stockport you will never be too far away from a Protectahome damp proofing surveyor. To arrange for one of our experienced surveyors to visit a property to provide a report and relevant damp proofing costs, please Contact Us on 0800 012 6177 or email us web@protectahome.co.uk and we will be happy to arrange a Survey.

Damp Proofing Case Studies

The Tower, Penrice Castle

‘The Tower’ sits within the grounds of the historic Penrice Castle, near Swansea and is a Grade II Listed Building in its own right.

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Pen Y Fal, Abergavenny

This Grade II Listed Building originally founded in 1846 was to be fully refurbished and sympathetically converted into 63 prestigious apartments.

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