Excessive moisture within a building from either internal condensation or intrusion from outside will eventually cause damp problems in a property. The longer dampness is left untreated the greater the chance of other problems such as wet or dry rot occurring. Rentokil offer effective, convenient treatments for damage caused by damp:
For more information on different types of damp problems and what may cause them, please see below:
Problems with damp in a building may be related to a variety of reasons:
Dampness in buildings is most often related to one of three main issues:
There are sometimes other causes of dampness in properties such as leaking pipes or damaged drainage that should not be overlooked.
Worried about damp walls? Damp may not be very obvious to spot at first, in many cases it can take several years slow development before the problem is visible. There are a number of signs to look for, which may indicate a problem within a property:
Damp may also be visible externally. Mortar can crumble and salt stains appear on external walls, in severe cases chunks of mortar may fall away from the affected wall.
Many types of problems with damp can be prevented through careful building design and construction. Modern buildings in the UK include a damp-proof course that acts as a barrier to water penetration. If however, some damage (however small) has occurred to the fabric of the building - broken slates, blocked air vents, leaking pipes, blocked drains etc... damp may then become a problem. Vigilance and regular maintenance can help prevent such issues.
In addition, you should regularly check for signs of damp:
Every damp problem is different. The most effective way to treat damp is to first discover the original source of the dampness and where possible eliminate it - repair roofs, guttering, drains, air vents, maintain ventilation etc...
A thorough inspection by a qualified surveyor will be necessary to correctly diagnose the types of dampness affecting the property and then survey recommendations can be made for the most effective way to treat the damp problem.
The Property Care Association (PCA) is an industry body that governs the quality of member companies to ensure high standards are maintained. Rentokil Property Care is a member of the PCA.
Surveyors should be qualified to CSRT standard for dampness & timber surveys and to CSSW standard for structural waterproofing.
For further advice on damp problems or to arrange a visit by a surveyor call Rentokil Property Care on 0800 0121 437.