Damp Proofing Services in Washington
Are you in need of damp proofing in Washington? Sunderland Damp Proofing are the experts in Damp Proofing, Dry Rot and Structural Repairs and Home Renovations.About Us
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Quality Damp Proofing in Washington
Your property is one of the biggest investments you’re ever going to make. Safeguarding that investment is more important than ever before and that’s what Sunderland Damp Proofing are here to do. We’ve over 20 years experience working in this specialist area, helping home owners improve their properties through renovations and restoring any damp and dry rot issues. As an independent family run company we take pride in our high standards of workmanship. For a free call out and estimate, please call us today on 07434 879 796.
Rising Damp in Washington
Rising damp is the process of water rising vertically up from the ground and traveling by capillary action through porous material such as bricks and mortar. This will cause the wall to become damp as hygroscopic salts travel into the brickwork and plaster. As water evaporates, these salts are deposited into the wall attracting more moisture from the atmosphere. As the process continues the wall and surrounding area becomes more saturated and signs of rising damp will become evident such as crumbling of plaster and white tide marks appearing on a wall up to a height of around 1 metre.
Problems such as dry rot, wet rot and wood boring beetle infestations are also more likely to occur as surrounding timbers become saturated. It is a slow process and can be present for many years before any sign of a problem appears. Rising damp will typically occur due to:
- No damp proof course (DPC) as is commonly the case with older buildings
- Deterioration and failure of the DPC over time
- Changes in external ground levels meaning the DPC becomes bridged. For example if a new patio has been laid
- Moisture traveling in between the wall and the render so bypassing the DPC.
Penetrating Damp Washington
Penetrating damp is an all too common issue with the potential to seriously damage both the exterior and interior materials of a property. It is generally classified as water that finds its way from the outside in and it can occur at all levels of the building. This is unlike rising damp which occurs only at ground level.
Why does penetrating damp occur?
Penetrating damp can occur for a number of reasons as follows:
- Faulty rainwater goods ie blocked gutters, faulty downpipes
- Roof defects such as missing roof tiles
- Damaged pointing, cladding, flashing or render
- Walls exposed to wind driven rain
- Long periods of rain and heavy winds
- Flood water saturating masonry
- Ongoing and undetected leaks from pipes
- More types of damp can be found here
Condensation is caused by an imbalance of airflow, heating and ventilation resulting in a rise in relative humidity within the atmosphere of a property.
As warm air, which holds more water vapour than cold air, hits a cold surface such as a wall or window the air cools and is unable to retain all the moisture. The moisture it cannot hold is released and deposited in the form of tiny water droplets onto the cold surface.
Where does condensation appear?
Condensation can appear at any height, on almost any cold surface and where there is little movement of air most commonly windows, north facing walls, corners and behind furniture. This distinguishes it from rising damp, which almost never occurs at heights of more than 1.2 metres over external ground level and which is confined to walls that are in contact with the ground. Unlike condensation, rising damp normally results in the brickwork or masonry, being of higher moisture content, than the plaster/render.
How Can We Help with Damp Problems?
You will only get the best independent and most qualified advice from Sunderland Damp Proofing , as we deliver a professional standard of service to both commercial clients and homeowners. We assess, diagnose and provide the best treatments for damp proofing in Washington, solving any existing problems while preventing future issues from occurring. You can learn more about us and our other services such as dry rot, timber treatments and many more.
Booking a Damp Survey
From your initial enquiry for damp proofing in Washington, you will be working with an experienced member of our team who will offer advice and co-ordinate your survey appointment. This is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors who will assess and diagnose all issues in the property before providing the right solution. Any recommendations and quotations for work are detailed in an Inspection Report. We are able to price of plan or complete tenders as necessary.
Carrying out Property Preservation Work
Our Contracts Manager oversees all work carried out by our team or operatives, maintaining the highest standards throughout every project. All teams are fully trained and skilled in damp proofing, and they use the latest methods and best materials with every solution. We cover all areas within Washington and Tyne and Wear.
For More Information on Damp Proofing Services Washington
You can find out more about the services and treatments we offer by visiting the rest of our website. You can also call us directly and speak to a member of our team regarding your damp proofing in Washington.