The Ins and Outs of Damp Proofing
Damp. It can be the worst nightmare of our properties. Creating unsightly damage to our interiors by causing paint to flake, plaster to crumble and wallpaper to curl and leaving dark watermarks across walls and ceilings. While damp can be caused by several easily repairable issues such as leaking gutters, faulty pipes and poor seals on windows and doors.
Preventing all manners of damp can be more difficult, although one of the most common solutions is to install damp proofing. London properties and buildings in original cities around the UK often find they are more susceptible to damp. This is likely due to the types of materials used when the properties were originally constructed, although properties in older areas are also less likely to have sufficient ventilation.
If your house is suffering from damp, it can increase your costs in heating or cooling as systems are unable to maintain your home’s temperature efficiently. Additionally, damp in your property can aggravate existing health conditions such as asthma, particularly in the young and elderly.
What is Damp Proofing?
Damp proofing is the application of a membrane or render that blocks the ingress of water through porous surfaces such as brick. Membranes are often flexible and can be applied directly to internal walls, creating an air gap or cavity where moisture can evaporate. Renders are best applied to the background substrate, where they can then be covered with plaster. The damp proof layer is held within the wall structure and prevents moisture from passing through.
When Should You Damp Proof?
Damp proofing should be carried out if you are experiencing damp in your property, although not before finding and fixing the source of the damp. In the case of blocked gutters and inefficient sealing on doors and windows, this can be a relatively cheap repair. However, where damp is caused by structural problems, such as poor ventilation or poorly installed cavity wall insulation, this could become a costly fix.
Keep an eye out for damp in your property and make sure to look out for places in your home that could be susceptible to damp. Catching damp early can prevent unsightly marks that require redecorating and prevent greater issues that can arise from untreated damp.
If you want more information on damp proofing for your London, Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire property that is experiencing damp, get in touch today.