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How To Prevent Damp

Rising damp usually occurs due to a lack of (or ineffective) damp proof course (DPC), usually found in the external walls and/or internal solid floors. In instances where a suitable damp proof course is present there are a number factors which can prevent the efficiency of the DPC, such as elevated ground level, defective rendering and/or plastering and debris filled cavities, all of which provide a means of moisture bridging, even in the best of damp proof courses.

For the successful eradication of rising damp it is imperative that the proper course of action is taken, and firstly you must identify the source of water ingress and its contributing factors.

As soon as proper measures have been implemented in preventing further ingress, the affected areas should then be addressed accordingly, with the removal and subsequent reinstatement of affected plaster and render, including the installation of recommended damp proofing measures.

Penetrating damp usually occurs due to ineffective building components, such as defective plumbing and/or rainwater goods, faulty seals around doors and windows, cracked and/or missing roof tiles and damaged rendering.

Usually, penetrating damp can be easily overcome by simply identifying the source of water ingress and tracing it back to its origin; once located the appropriate methods of rectification can be carried out to prevent further deterioration.
Condensation is formed by moisture from inside the home coming into contact with colder surfaces.

It commonly occurs during the colder months and is usually found in the corners of a room, near windows or places with little air circulation, such as behind wardrobes or beds. In time, the affected areas will then attract black mould, which will grow on surfaces.

The two contributing factors in the presence of condensation are: the amount of moisture in the air and the air temperature.

In order to reduce the risk of condensation occurring, the moisture content should be reduced (with adequate ventilation), or the temperature of the home should be increased. The most effective resolution would be a combination of both.

Biocraft South West are leading damp proof and basement conversion specialists resolving some of the worst cases of damp in homes across Bath, Bristol and Swindon.

With a wealth of knowledge in property preservation and development and we are highly recommended for the successful eradication of all types of damp, from rising damp to condensation control. We pride ourselves on our outstanding level of service and excellent value for money.

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