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Many properties built pre 1940's were built without protective treatments such as damp proof course (DPC) or damp proof membrane (DPM) making them specially prone to damp.
Unfortunately, damp treatments can be damaged and cracked by building subsidence meaning damp can also affect newer buildings. Other causes such as condensation and leaking or blocked downpipes and gutters can cause damp patches on the wall of the property.
The most important thing when solving any damp problem is to know what type you are dealing with.
Properties can be subject to a number of types of damp issues including rising damp and penetrating damp. Solutions can vary depending on the type of damp affecting your home or business.
No two cases of damp are the same which can make it difficult to spot, however, understanding the signs of damp will vastly improve your chances of identifying an issue when it occurs. This is where a trained, professional damp specialist can really help.
Correct identification will help you to choose the most effective treatment method, helping to save you time, money and worry.
DIY or Professional?
When it comes to getting rid of damp, you have two options: DIY or hire a professional.
The DIY option requires the correct use of DIY damp proofing products as well as some home improvement actions.
The professional option requires you to find your local, damp specialist to get rid of the problem for you.
Although many damp issues require an expert surveyor, some can be prevented or even fixed by simple home maintenance.
Gutters and downpipes that are leaking or clogged can be repaired with a quick trip to your local home improvement shop, this will prevent water from penetrating the brickwork. To get rid of condensation your home needs to be well ventilated, we suggest opening windows or installing a Positive Input Ventilation unit.
Once the issue is rectified, the removal of any mould built up within the property can begin; we suggest using a rag and soapy water. Be sure to protect yourself from mould spores by wearing goggles, rubber gloves and a mask that overs both your mouth and nose.
Even though a DIY solution is the cheaper alternative to professional treatment, it does have some risks.
Damp and mould in your home not only causes genuine health risks but also inspires real fear and stress. The worry can be even greater when there are very young children in the home.
If you have never had a damp issue before it is unlikely that you will know exactly what action to take. Most people do not worry about a damp problem until it actually happens.
In this case, it can be much more reassuring to call in a property care professional to take care of the problem for you.
You can be sure that a specialist will use professional products in your home that are as safe for both children and pets. The less time spent with damp and mould in your home, the better.
The level of risk posed by damp to a business will vary greatly depending on the type of industry, its size and the legislation requirements.
When it comes to damp proofing, most businesses cannot afford to waste time experimenting with their own treatments - the risks are too high.
Instead, you should rely on a professional service offered by a reputable property care company. A partnership such as this will help to protect your business long-term against future damp problems and reflect positively on the business from the view of stakeholders, peers and your customers.
To find the right professional property care company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the surveyors and technicians are able to fulfil key criteria.
You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.
A good property care partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.
Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.
Key criteria for Selection:
With Rentokil Property Care, you can be assured of complete property protection.
Our focus on property care solutions will ensure complete removal of your damp. At the same time, our approach to damp protection will help your home or business remain damp-free long-term.
With over 60 years of experience serving damp proofing customers, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained surveyors and technicians.
Get rid of damp by contacting a Rentokil Property Care expert today. Our team will eliminate any damp related concerns you may have for your home or business property.
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