Proofing your property from potential damp is a topic that every property owner should strive to understand the significance of. In most cases, time and money is spent simply repairing the problems caused by damp, when an initial installation of a damp-proof course could have prevented these problems from occurring in the first place.
By acting and seeing if installing a damp-proof course is the course of action needed, you’re putting a stop to any future damp entering your property, and therefore preventing any future damage from occurring. This is paramount as with damp affecting millions of properties each year, prevention is most certainly cheaper and better than a cure.
So if you are worried that your property could be suffering from the effects of damp and think you need a damp-proof course installed then it is worth carrying out a few simple checks first and being property aware as well as getting advice from a specialist damp proofing in essex. This way you have peace of mind that you are doing everything necessary to be proofing your property from potential damp.
How can I tell if my house needs damp-proof course treatment?
• Start by inspecting the pointing of any exterior brickwork. If you discover any flaky or crumbling mortar, then this could be an indication of damp being present and consulting a damp specialist is advisable.
• Check to see if the damp proof course is compromised in any way as this could be causing water to bypass and penetrate into the property.
• Check your internal walls including basements areas. If you see a white powdery looking tide mark and the walls feel very cold or damp to touch, then this can be an indicator your property may be suffering from rising damp.
• A regular check and cleaning of any gutters or downpipes is recommended. This will ensure rain water has a free unrestricted flow to your drains. Any build up of debris can cause an overflow of rainwater onto brick work and this will potentially allow damp to penetrate into your home.
• Make a point of checking your roof particularly after any severe weather or storms. Damaged or missing tiles can let rainwater into your loft space and can lead to problems such as dry rot and woodworm. It is also advisable to check your chimney stack ensuring that the lead flashings are in place and everything looks in good order. A local roofing contractor will be able to carry out these checks for you, but you may also need a damp and timber specialist to check for any resulting damp problems.
• Try to keep your house well ventilated at all times. By providing enough ventilation, you will help minimise internal condensation and therefore less damp will be present. Pay particular attention to utility rooms which house tumble dryers, bathrooms without extractor fans and rooms where condensation on windows is an issue, as moisture will be considerably higher.
• Don’t forget a damp smell can also indicate a damp problem so keep your eyes and nose peeled.
It is important to remember that not all damp problems need damp-proof course treatment to put them right. This is where the advice of a PCA registered damp proofing company is important. Their role is to diagnose the problem, the source of the moisture and recommend the correct methods to put it right. This could involve a damp-proof injection, but it could also be a case of stopping the water ingress by repairing a leaking downpipe and letting the wall dry out, adding more ventilation to the home by extractor units or repairing pointing to stop the water penetrating through the brickwork. Damp problems can be resolved in a number of ways so seeking the right advise is always paramount.