Damp Proofing in Catford, London

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Damp Proofing Catford

Do not let damp problems damage your Catford home. Once the water reaches a house, it can eat away the foundation, and produce toxic, unpleasant mould until it is removed.

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 find any signs of mould, fungus, or wood rot in your home then you should contact Southern Damp Proofing as soon as possible. We are highly respected and well-known in Catford and surrounding suburbs thanks to our decades of field experience which speaks for itself. Book your free damp survey today!

What Is Damp Proofing?

Damp proofing in buildings is a system used to prevent moisture from reaching the interior of properties through floors and walls. Dampness can affect any property, especially older properties that were built without any damp control system. Damp comes in two forms – rising damp and penetrating damp. No matter what kind of damp problem your property faces, our Catford damp proofing specialists will locate and treat it.

What are the Common Causes of Damp?

Condensation

Condensation is one of the most common reasons for dampness in most homes, especially 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

Some insignificant plumbing leaks may be the source of a large and extreme damp patch — water leakage may be small but is usually frequent and concentrated in the same position. This strong, repeated wetting means the area quickly consumes more moisture than it can release, and then the excess spreads to surrounding areas.

Building Defects

Many common defects in structures can result in internal dampness, including weak or defective mortar pathways in outside walls, damaged stone windowsills, deficient sealing around doors and windows, and lack of maintenance on wooden doors and windows.

Leaky Gutters

If you have just found a moist spot in your home or backyard, bad guttering may be the culprit. Dampness can be caused by gutters. Quite likely, this is when most of the network is covered by garbage, or grime and dirt accumulation.

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Can Damp Cause Structural Damage?

Damp can have an impact on the structural integrity of the building. Mortar may crack visibly, and salt stains may become visible on the walls. Fasteners made of steel and iron will rust, further weakening the structure. In extreme cases, the mortar or plaster can fall off an infected wall. Additionally, the dampness has a habit of causing secondary damage to a building. Excess moisture permits the production of unique wood-based fungi, which can eventually lead 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 prevent moisture from entering the building. At Southern Damp Proofing, we will provide you with various damp proofing solutions, each with its own benefits. A damp proof course (DPC) helps to control rising damp through a special structure that controls moisture which is created by their capillary action.

A damp proof membrane (DPM) fights off moisture through a special membrane that is applied to the building. By using polyethene material placed under a concrete slab, a DPM helps to control moisture. The method of coating protects buildings from water and moisture, including rain. It is also made of cement such as shotcrete that could protect from moisture and water and the 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 Catford

Our wide range of Catford damp proofing services includes:

Rising Damp Treatment

As damp specialists, Southern Damp Proofing provides rising damp solutions to homeowners in Catford. Southern Damp Proofing surveyors must conduct a detailed, through rising damp examination before proposing any solution. We boast some of the best surveyors in the industry with many years of experience and complete qualifications when it comes to detecting damp-related problems and coming up with a tailor-made treatment course for your house. To register for a free home damp survey with Southern Damp Proofing today, just contact us by sending a message to our team of damp proofing experts or by calling us directly at 020 7971 1329.

Penetrating Damp Treatment

This type of damp is also called rain penetration, involving water coming into the house from outside. The sources of water ingress can be easily identified and is typically tackled by cost-effective treatments. Our competent damp-proofing crew can inspect and fix penetrating damp problems. Penetrating damp is one of the most harmful and destructive problems you may experience in your house.

This is why thousands of Catford homeowners have called on Southern Damp Proofing damp-proofing specialists in Catford. 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 is a leading expert in waterproofing and building preservation for both residential and commercial properties in the Catford area. A correctly built waterproofing system can only work if properly fitted. We take pride in the efficiency of our equipment and keep our technicians up to date on the new techniques.

Woodworm and Dry Rot Treatments

Woodworm infestation occurs on residential, commercial, and industrial property. Timber damage can result, as wood-beetle may use wood as a food source. Our Catford-based surveyors and professionally qualified experts are here to provide solutions to any problems in your properties by delivering our expert damp care, dry rot repair and woodworm solutions to consumers in the region. Only a professional company such as us can conduct dry rot and woodworm treatments. Please book an online survey to arrange an appointment or contact our team leader to discuss your requirements.

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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 aim of the treatment process is to eliminate the cause of dampness, treat or replace the decayed wood and add a physical barrier to prevent more damage caused by moist masonry. Contact us today to conduct a survey at Catford.

Condensation Control

Does condensation cause your home to experience different dampness problems? Condensation forms when warm humid air comes into contact with a colder surface. In Catford, we are a well-known and competent specialist in condensation control. We keep your musty, dusty house clean, safe, and hygienic at Southern Damp Proofing. Our efficient condensation control systems can hamper the growth of damp and mould and eliminate harmful allergies. If you are in Catford and you have a condensation issue, please contact us to book a survey on 020 7971 1329.

Damp Proofing Survey

Are you worried about a damp issue in your home? A damp survey could determine the extent of the damage 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 innovative and trustworthy companies in Catford, we are proud of our first-rate craftsmanship, affordable pricing, and excellent customer service. Get in touch with our knowledgeable and approachable staff today to get professional, unbiased advice or to book a free, damp survey with no obligation.

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 learn more about 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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