Damp Proofing in Sevenoaks, Kent

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Damp Proofing Sevenoaks

Do not let damp problems destroy your Sevenoaks property. Once water reaches a house, the ground will get eaten away beneath it and produce toxic, unpleasant mould until it is resolved.

In all our years in the industry, Southern Damp Proofing has never experienced a damp issue which we were unable to overcome.

We are also specialists in condensation control, waterproofing of basements, treatment of woodworm infestations, dry rot situations, as well as other moisture treatment and prevention to ensure that your property is always healthy and protected. If you notice any signs of mould, fungus, or wood rot in your home, you should contact Southern Damp Proofing as soon as possible. With our decades of field experience that speaks for itself, we are highly regarded and renowned, in Sevenoaks and its surrounding areas. Get in touch today for a free damp survey!

What Is Damp Proofing?

Damp proofing is a system used in buildings to protect against moisture entering the inside of properties via floors and walls. Dampness can affect any building, especially old properties built without any damp control system. There are two types of damp – rising damp and penetrating damp. It does not matter the type of damp problem your property is facing, our Sevenoaks damp proofing experts will find it and treat it.

What are the Common Causes of Damp?

Condensation

Condensation is one of the most common causes of dampness in many homes, particularly in bedrooms, kitchens, toilets, and bathrooms. It happens when warm moist air interacts with cold surfaces which allow the depositing of water on the surface.

Faulty Plumbing

A fairly minor plumbing leak can be the cause of a large and serious damp patch — water escape may be mild but is typically regular and concentrated at the same spot. This concentrated, repetitive wetting rapidly absorbs more moisture than can escape, and then the excess spreads into neighbouring areas.

Building Defects

Many common building deficiencies can contribute to internal dampness, including weak or defective mortar pathways in external walls, damaged stone windowsills, insufficient sealant around doors and windows, and unmaintained wooden doors and windows.

Leaky Gutters

If your home or backyard has a damp spot, poor guttering could be the problem. Dampness can be caused by gutters. This is likely to happen when most of the network is covered by garbage or the accumulation of grime and dirt.

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Can Damp Cause Structural Damage?

Damp can affect a building’s structural integrity. Mortar may crack visibly, and salt stains may become visible on the walls. The structure will further weaken due to rusting of the steel and iron fasteners. In severe cases, mortar or plaster can fall off an infected wall. In addition, damp tends to cause secondary damage to the building. The excess moisture causes different wood fungi to flourish, causing health problems that can eventually contribute to the so-called sick building syndrome. In addition, dampness induces the decay of plaster and paint, and makes the wallpaper peel.

Why is Damp Proofing Important?

Damp proofing helps protect the interior of the property from damp. At Southern Damp Proofing, we can provide a wide range damp proofing method, each with its own advantages. A damp proof course (DPC) aids to control rising damp through a special construction that controls the moisture that their capillary action creates.

A damp proof membrane (DPM) handles moisture through a distinct membrane applied to the building. A DPM helps to control moisture by utilising polyethene material placed under a concrete slab. The form of coating protects the buildings from water and dampness such as rainfall. It is also made of cement such as shotcrete that can guard against moisture and water and pressure. The construction of the cavity wall creates a cavity between the walls inside and outside to keep water away, while the pressure grouting is used for masonry walls to close all the gaps.

Our Damp Proofing Services in Sevenoaks

Our wide variety of Sevenoaks damp proofing services includes:

Rising Damp Treatment

As damp experts, Southern Damp Proofing in Sevenoaks provides rising damp treatments for homeowners in the area. Southern Damp Proofing assessors will first conduct a detailed survey of rising damp before proposing any solution. Our surveyors are among the best in the industry with many years of experience and complete qualifications when it comes to identifying damp-related problems and designing a tailor-made solution for your home. To arrange your free home damp survey with Southern Damp Proofing today, just contact us by sending a message to our damp-proofing expert team, or by calling us directly at 020 7971 1329.

Penetrating Damp Treatment

This type of damp which is also called rain penetration and refers to the water coming from outside into the house. Water ingress causes can be easily detected and mostly handled by cost-effective treatments. Our skilled damp-proofing team can investigate and fix penetrating damp problems. Penetrating damp is one of the most unsafe and damaging problems you may have in your home.

No wonder thousands of Sevenoaks homeowners have called on Sevenoaks damp proofing specialists from Southern Damp Proofing. If you need experienced and qualified experts in damp proofing, book your free survey today and call us directly at 020 7971 1329.

Basements Waterproofing.

Basement waterproofing refers to strategies that protects a building’s basement or below ground area from penetrating water. Southern Damp Proofing are leading specialists in basement waterproofing and building preservation for both residential and commercial properties in Sevenoaks. A correctly designed waterproofing system will only operate correctly if it is installed properly. We are proud to say that our equipment is reliable, and our technicians are up to date with the latest techniques.

Woodworm and Dry Rot Treatments

Wood worm infestation exists in residential, commercial, and industrial property. Timber damage can result, as wood-beetle may use wood as a food source. Our Sevenoaks-based surveyors and professionally qualified experts are here to help you solve any problems in your properties by providing our expert damp care, dry rot repair, and woodworm solutions for consumers in the area. Only a specialist service like ours should carry out dry rot and woodworm treatments. Please book a survey online to schedule an appointment or contact our team leader to discuss your needs.

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Wet Rot Treatment.

Wet rot happens to timbers in contact with wet or damp masonry in the form of black fungus, causing the timber to become soft and spongy under touch and to change colour. The goal of the treatment process is to remove the source of dampness, to treat or replace decayed timber and to install a physical barrier that will prevent further damage from damp masonry. Contact us today to conduct a survey at Sevenoaks.

Condensation Control

Are you experiencing various dampness problems in your home due to condensation? When warm, moist air comes into contact with a colder surface, condensation forms. We are renowned and knowledgeable experts in condensation management at Sevenoaks. We keep your musty, dusty house at Southern Damp Proofing clean, dry, and hygienic. Our effective condensation control systems can tackle the formation of humidity and moulds and remove harmful allergies. If you are in Sevenoaks and you have a condensation issue, please contact us to book a survey on 020 7971 1329.

Damp Proofing Survey

When you are worried about a damp issue in your house, a damp survey could determine the severity of the problem and provide solutions.

Our rigorous and detailed surveys, carried out by qualified professionals, are extensive inspections that give our customers a clear picture of any problems with their properties and also allow us to quote correctly for any required work. As one of the most developed and reputable businesses in Sevenoaks, we take pride in our high-quality craftsmanship, affordable pricing, and outstanding customer service. Contact our professional and responsive staff today for competent, objective advice or to schedule a free, non-binding, damp survey.

Get in Touch.

Our helpful staff are on hand to receive a call from you to set up a damp and wood survey in your house. Southern Damp Proofing has established experience with all kinds of damp problems, supplying you with professional expertise for handling the damp and dry rot situation. Get in touch with us today to get more information on our services.

FAQ’s

How many days will I wait to get my survey results?

We'll do our best to ensure that within 4-6 business days the survey and our study will be completed.

What will cost me to conduct a survey?

The cost of the survey will depend on the building, and the inspection type. Other costs would also include our labour cost. We can complete a free inspection in most situations.

How do you conduct a damp survey?

A walk around the outside of the building is the first step in the damp survey. The damp surveyor has to understand the building’s details. External findings such as the chimney stack, the wall, lighting, and rainwater products should be considered in the damp survey. Our Surveyor will monitor areas visually and with the help of a damp metre during internal inspection – usually in one or two conductivity modes and check the radio frequency. The test will be carried out with the assistance of a special damp meter on a non-invasive basis.

How do I identify damp?

Some of the common signs of damp inside a house include:
  • A damp and musty smell
  • Mould or mildew appearance on walls, floors, or ceilings.
  • Walls, floors, or ceilings that feel cold or damp.
  • Patches on walls or mortar that are black or discoloured.
  • Lifting or peeling wallpaper.
  • Excessive window condensation.

How can I prevent damp in my property?

It is better to prevent than to treat dampness. There are several ways to prevent damp in your properties including checking your roof frequently for damage, especially after stormy weather conditions, cleaning your gutters regularly and patching or repairing them as soon as any harm occurs.
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