Damp proofing may be the most important investment that you can ever make for your property. Damp can cause untold structural problems and seriously impact the health of anyone living in damp conditions, so this is one area where it just doesn’t pay to cut corners. You need damp proofing specialists to be assured that the job has been done correctly, efficiently, legally and has a long guarantee after the work has been completed. In short, you need Ellendale Developments.
Ellendale Developments have a highly skilled team of damp proofing specialists in Wigan who have over 25 years of experience in damp proofing courses and can carry out any kind of remedial or work that your property requires. We only use the highest quality materials, have a 100% satisfaction promise, and most importantly of all, we also guarantee the work for 10 years. That means that if your property needs any kind of damp treatment in the thirty years after we have installed the damp proofing course, you won’t pay us a penny.
So, what is damp proofing and why is it so important? The term 'damp proofing' is commonly used to describe the action of installing a damp proof treatment which protects a building against the elements. The reason for it is to provide a protective waterproof barrier to stop moisture from seeping into interior spaces, prevents building decay and keep foundations strong. It is a fairly quick procedure, with most damp proofing projects being installed within a day. It is relatively unobtrusive and will last for years and years once it has been installed.
Most buildings have either a slate or plastic membrane installed in the base of the property upon its construction to stop moisture and water seeping indoors through the brickwork or mortar, however, sometimes this can fail. The main reason for the build-up of damp is efflorescent salts. The water and moisture that is absorbed into the brick and woodwork contains naturally occurring salt. Over time, the salt forms a crystalline crust which draws in moisture from the atmosphere, making the walls feeling constantly damp and a vicious cycle of damp air circulating ensues.
There are also various other reasons why the membrane can prove to be ineffective and damp can penetrate a building. Perhaps the most common form of damp is condensation, which can lead to black mould. Black mould has been linked to serious respiratory problems, but thankfully this can easily be solved by increasing the air ventilation. Rising damp is another common issue whereby the damp is localised to the lower levels of the property. Sometimes this can be caused by something as simple as soil from a flowerbed being packed against a wall and above the damp proof course treatment area. Just reducing the height of the soil can solve this issue easily and cheaply. Other causes of damp can include leaks from broken seals, cracked guttering, damaged flashing and tiles, badly fitting windows and mortar that has perished.
If you think you have damp then it’s a good idea to get the damp proofing specialists in to make sure that the cause of the problem is dealt with correctly so you don’t get any recurring issues. Damage to your property caused by damp can be expensive to rectify, so it makes sense (both for your bank balance and your peace of mind) to get the damp proofing specialists at Ellendale Developments to do the job professionally and correctly.
So, what is the damp proofing procedure?
The most common form of damp proofing is the DPC injection method. This involves drilling small holes into the first three courses of brickwork at ground level and injecting the cavity space between the interior and exterior walls with water-repellent chemicals. The holes are then blocked up again and the chemicals solidify, forming a fully waterproof seal. Depending on the severity of the damage that has already been done, a new waterproof membrane may also be installed and any plasterwork or wood that has perished may be removed and replaced. Of course, each case is unique and your property will be thoroughly analysed before any work takes place.
There are a number of other methods of tackling rising damp and condensation, all of which we can advise you on and install with the greatest of care. Here are just a few other methods that we can use to make your home damp-free;
PIV Units, or Positive Input Ventilation Systems, is an economical solution to control condensation and resolve air circulation issues. They are usually installed in the loft and they ensure that there is a constant supply of fresh air being pumped through the building. They can also pull in air from outside to do the same thing if the property has no loft space.
This is a specialist powder that is then mixed with water. It is then applied to walls and once it dries it forms an impenetrable water barrier. It can then be painted over just like plaster.
Another method of solving damp walls is to use a tanking membrane. This usually takes the form of a large polypropylene roll with raised dimples which allows the wall to breathe but also make it fully waterproof. It’s extremely quick to fit and relatively inexpensive too. Finally, after the appropriate method of damp protection has been selected there are the finishing touches to consider - literally. Here are just two options to consider once your walls have been made free of damp by our damp proofing specialists;
Internal rendering is the term given to plastering an inside wall such as the living room or kitchen. The internal render may need to be replaced if mould and damp have penetrated the existing plaster and caused it to become brittle and crumble away.
Damp-proof renders are generally done after a DPC injection has taken place and is intended to give an extra layer of protection in addition to the injection process. This can take a few forms, including sand and cement, renovating plaster, and even installing an additional damp-proof membrane before applying the final render.
Damp proofing is not the most glamorous of tasks but it is of huge importance in protecting your property against the elements. If you think your property is showing signs of rising damp, black mould, or you’ve noticed that your exterior walls seem to be permanently wet or have a salty deposit on them, give us a call and our expert damp proofing team will be happy to help.