Damp is caused by the build-up of excess moisture within a building, from either internal condensation or intrusion from outside. The longer dampness is left untreated, the greater the chance of other problems, such as wet or dry rot, developing.
We offer a professional survey and provide effective treatment for damage caused by damp. A detailed assessment of the extent of any damage is carried out and any recommendation for specific treatment is documented.
Damp may not be obvious to spot at first and in many cases it can take several years before a problem is visible. However, there are a number of signs to look for which may indicate there is a damp problem within your property.
Damp may also be visible on skirting boards, where nails or screws show signs of rust. Rusting can also develop on angle beads within damp plaster work. On the outside of the property, damp can be identified from the appearance of salt stains that can appear on walls and if mortar begins to crumble away.
Problems with damp in a building may be related to a variety of reasons, such as poor build quality, lack of building maintenance or the deterioration of building fabric, with dampness often relating to one of three main issues.
There are sometimes other causes of dampness in properties, such as leaking pipes or damaged drainage - these should not be over looked.
Modern buildings in the UK include a damp-proof course that acts as a barrier to water penetration. However, if some damage has occurred to the fabric of the building such as broken roof tiles, blocked air vents, leaking pipes or blocked drains, damp may then become a problem. Performing checks and carrying out regular maintenance to your property can prevent such issues.
We recommend these regular checks:
Every damp problem is different, so the most effective way to treat damp is to first discover the original source of the dampness and, where possible, eliminate it.
We provide an extensive inspection by a qualified surveyor who will assess and correctly diagnose the extent and type of dampness affecting your property. From this, we provide recommendations on specific treatment for the most effective ways to treat the damp problem in your property.
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.