FAQs ABOUT DAMP
Answers to all Damp related questions.
The time taken to conduct a damp survey depends on various factors like property size, instructions provided etc. With all the information provided, it is still difficult for a surveyor to pre-judge the extent of the damage until they see it for themselves.
The good news is that we do not charge our fees based on the time spent to conduct a survey- surveys can last just thirty minutes or even a few hours. We endeavour to the job to the best of our abilities while exercising our duty of care to provide the best service possible.
- Unwanted moisture and damp are the main reasons, which leads to the creation of fungi in wood. This, in turn, results in rot and formation of mould and in severe cases can also result in sick building syndrome.
- The presence of damp can make paint and plaster to deteriorate. The wallpaper too gets loose and appears to peel off in damp spaces.
- Dampness causes stains on the walls and floors. The water stains are caused by drying up of water present in the fabrics or due to contaminants present.
The rising damp and penetrating damp are the most common causes of dampness. More often than not, dampness is caused due to flaws in the building such as damaged roof coverings, defective rainwater gutters, or downpipes.
A common observation is that in areas where there is excess damp, the plaster, bricks, and mortar tend to disintegrate. In extreme cases, the plaster or render might just peel off from the affected area.
Dry rot can be found in non-wooden material like bricks or plaster and does not require a lot of moisture. Dry rot is characterised by orange or white growth, disintegrating timber, mushroom-like smell, and deep cracks.
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