Damp Proofing a Property
Everyone wants to live in a warm and dry home, but unfortunately damp is an issue which can cause a lot of damage to both your property and your health. Luckily, there are plenty of solutions when it comes to damp proofing your house, to both treat the existing issue and ensure your home stays dry in the future. See our brief guide below to learn more about why damp proofing is so important, and the steps you can take to protect your property.
Why is damp proofing important?
As mentioned, damp can lead to structural damage to your home, as well as being bad for your health. Damp (and the mould that grows from it) can cause a whole range of health issues, including respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. It’s especially important to damp proof your home if you live with the elderly, young children or anyone with existing allergies or a weakened immune system.
Damp can also lead to the growth of dry rot, wet rot and fungus or mould which can weaken the structures of a building, especially one where a lot of timber is present. Prevention is better than cure, so it’s definitely worth treating the issue as soon as the first signs of damp appear.
What causes damp?
Mould and damp are caused by a buildup of excess moisture, which can be due to leaking pipes, rising damp from basement floors or rain penetration from exposed areas such as chimneys, window frames and roofs. Signs of damp include a musty smell, mould or mildew on internal walls, peeling wallpaper and dark or discoloured patches. Even if the area you spot is only small, it’s always best to get damp treated before it spreads.
Damp proofing methods
Damp can be a pain, but there are plenty of solutions to treat it. Firstly, it’s essential to remove any salt affected plaster; as moisture enters the walls salts become deposited, and if not removed this salt will attract and retain further moisture. An experienced damp specialist will be able to remove the affected plaster and replace it with a suitable re-plastering system.
Electro-osmotic damp proofing
It sounds very high tech, but this method is damp proofing isn’t as intimidating as it appears! It combats damp by charging moisture molecules with a small electric charge (the same strength as an electric doorbell). Wires and titanium anodes are inserted in drilled holes close to ground level, then a positive electric current is passed through which repels rising moisture safely away.
Chemical injection method
This method actually uses a high strength damp proofing cream that is injected into holes drilled in the mortar joint. It’s most effective against rising damp, and works by creating a water repellent silane barrier within the walls. It’s also likely that you’ll need to re-plaster to stop a salt buildup, as explained above.
If you’re in need of professional, damp proofing solutions for your home, get in touch with North Yorkshire Remedials. We’re constantly updating our methods and techniques to ensure you have the best possible outcome. We can treat existing problems no matter how severe, as well as ensuring your home remains damp proof for years to come. Give us a call on 01765 692 154 or visit our website today.