Buildings suffer from dampness which can lead to problems with 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 dampness in buildings can have an affect on human health. Protectahome have trained, experienced Surveyors who are able to assess buildings and dampness issues ensuring an accurate diagnosis. Protectahome offer a comprehensive range of treatments and techniques for dealing with dampness in buildings, each targeted to deal in a sympathetic way with the needs of the occupier and the building itself.
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 weather proof condition. Environmental control is also now an essential element to consider with the introduction of more insulation and the reduction in natural ventilation. In terms of dampness in buildings we deal with five principle causes which cover most problems we encounter. It is not uncommon for some buildings to suffer from one or a combination of all of these sources of dampness:
Protectahome Rainwater Penetration
Leaking Roofs, Defective Rainwater Pipes and Gutters, Design Defects, Inadequate Wall Thickness, Defective or lack of Maintenance, orientation or exposure of the Building itself.
Movement of Ground Water
Rising Damp in Walls, Rising Damp in Floors, Lateral Ground Water Penetration through Retaining Walls, Changes in Water Tables.
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.
Escape of Water
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.
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.
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 Damp Proofing surveyors to visit a property please Contact Us on 0845 601 1980 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to arrange a Survey.
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