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Damp Proofing

Damp treatments available from Beadle Property Care Ltd

Whether you need us to waterproof your basement or provide a treatment for rising damp, Beadle Property Care Ltd in Norwich is just a call away.

What is Rising Damp?

Rising Damp is simply dampness from the ground that enters a structure by capillary action. Rising damp can occur on any wall which is built into the ground.

Rising damp can be a common problem in older properties, often causing decay to skirting boards, damage to plaster and to decoration. Rising damp is caused by the lack of, or breakdown of, the original damp course in the property. Our surveyors can assess the cause of your damp and make recommendations for treatment.

Only rising damp can be cured by the installation of a chemical damp proof course (DPC).

Signs to help identify Rising Damp

Decayed skirting boards, crumbling or salt stained plaster, discolouration and staining, decayed timber floors, peeling paint and wallpaper are all common when walls are affected by rising damp. These defects are not always evident but when they are, a specialist inspection is always recommended.

Following a damp survey, Beadle Property Care Ltd can provide advice and solutions tailored to your needs. For example, when damp rises in a building, the plaster is often contaminated with salts. These salts are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the air, further adding to the problem. This contamination will often result in a need for the plaster to be removed and replaced using specially formulated salt resistant plaster additive. If specialist re-plastering is required, our surveyors can advise which areas need attention.

Where there is a difference in floor heights or ground levels, appropriate recommendations will be provided which may include the provision of a vertical waterproof barrier.

Members of the PCA have the skills and experience needed to diagnose, report on and repair buildings affected by rising damp

Our experienced Surveyors, will carry out a survey on your property to diagnose the correct cause of dampness in your property. It is extremely important this is done, as a damp proof course will not cure other damp problems, such as condensation or lateral penetration.

For your peace of mind, our damp proofing installation and diagnosis comply with British Standard BS6576.

What is involved in Rising Damp treatment?

Most types of masonry used in the walls of buildings will allow some water movement by capillary action. However, this is usually controlled by a physical barrier or damp proof course. If this physical barrier is absent, has broken down or is damaged then it is often possible to install a remedial damp proof course (DPC) to control water rising from the ground.

Dampness rising from the ground often introduces contaminating salts into the walls and plaster coats. These salts are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the air, further adding to the problem. This contamination will often result in a need for the plaster to be removed and replaced using specially formulated salt resistant plasters. Members of the PCA have the skills and experience needed to diagnose report on and repair buildings affected by rising damp.

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