SERVICES

Below is a selection of all our services that we offer at Damp Control Ltd.
We also offer many other building maintenance including full conversions, small or large building projects & plastering services so please get in touch for a personalised, no obligation quotation.

RISING DAMP

WATERPROOFING
PENETRATING DAMP
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Rising damp is a term used to describe the ascent of moisture within the walls of your home, a movement driven by capillary action.

The moisture in question, which is often groundwater, contains high concentrations of soluble salts. When the rising damp evaporates from the surface of your walls it leaves these salts behind in your home’s brickwork, woodwork and plasterwork, where they perpetuate the damp problem by absorbing further moisture from the air.

These salts can remain long after the original cause of the rising damp has been put right, which is why specialist plastering is an essential step in eliminating your damp problem.

Basements, in order to be useful, need to be dry with low humidity levels; however, often they are anything but. Mould, condensation, and flaking plaster are all signs of a damp cellar and must be rectified if you intend to use this below-ground space.

The process will involve adding an internal waterproof surface, or basement tanking, and should only be carried out by specialised experts.

There are various reasons why your property might be vulnerable to penetrating damp. Some of the major causes of damp problems are leaking or punctured pipes, damaged roofs, and blocked gutters.

 

The faults mentioned above lead to damp formation since they allow moisture to penetrate through the walls of your property. 

 

As time goes by, the extent of the damp damages on your interior walls and lifting of the paintwork becomes more evident.

 

These damages are even more exaggerated in the winter seasons when the water trapped in the walls freezes and expands, thus causing the flaking of the lifted paintwork.

DECAY

CONDENSATION
WET ROT
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Weather and its effects are the fundamental cause of decay, leading to problems such as damp, mould, woodworm and fungi. Wood, brick and stone are the three most common building materials, and each of these reacts differently to the effects of weathering.

Condensation is a common type of damp. It occurs whenever moist air comes into contact with a cooler surface. Condensation forms on non-absorbent surfaces like bathroom tiles, windows and mirrors.  Warm air loses its ability to hold water when in contact with a cold surface. This excess water is released in the form of condensation. Condensation is common in properties with poor ventilation.

What Causes Condensation To Develop In My Home?


Warm air holds more humidity than cold air. In a warm room, the air warms up and when it comes into contact with a cooler surface, loses some of its humidity. This moisture forms condensation on surfaces.

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Wet rot is the most commonly experienced form of timber rot seen in buildings. The phrase wet rot represents a generic definition that covers various types of White or Brown Rot fungus. Wet rot most commonly shows up owing to a possible defect in building construction; it can also be caused by a long-term form of Rising Damp.