Damp Proofing in Oxford
Rising damp is a common problem across the UK. It is the process of dampness in the ground rising up through the structure of a building.
The way to stop or prevent rising damp is to damp proof your property.
Left untreated rising damp can destroy decorative finishings such as paintwork and soft furnishings, it can also do more significant damage destroying woodwork and plaster, and ultimately affecting the structural integrity of a building.
So what is damp proofing?
Damp problems are one of the most common problems encountered in homes.
So how is it treated with damp proofing?
Very simply damp proofing is when moisture control barriers are established near the bottom of a structure (usually in the walls or flooring) to prevent moisture rising any further past that point and into interior spaces.
What Properties are at risk from rising damp?
Rising damp can happen in any property but the most at risk are properties that are 80 years old or more.
New builds should have a damp proof course included in the building process but this won't have been the case for many older builds.
Damp proof courses do break down over a number of years so will have to be replaced at some point, therefore it is vital you catch the signs of rising damp early and get it sorted before it develops into a major hazard.
What are the signs and effects of rising damp?
- damp patches on walls
- tide marks and discolouration of internal decorations
- degradation of wall plastering
- increased heat loss from property
- weakening of the fabric or structure of the building
- fungal growth in timber
Get your free damp proofing survey
Before we can say how much any work on your property will cost we will have to take a survey of your property to assess the amount of work needed.
The initial survey will be completely free of charge and once we have finished we will offer you a free no obligation quote for the proposed work.
If you're interested in having us give your property a free site survey call us now on 0186 573 5555 or send us a message via the contact form.