The Importance of Newcastle Damp Proofing Explored by B&K Services
Damp is an occurrence in our homes that we all dread. The look and feel of damp areas as well as the potential health risks that are associated with damp areas makes for a very annoying issue in your home. There are several different types of damp each being prone to be caused in specific scenarios or environments. Some are more common than others however each type of damp can cause different types of damage and must be stopped. In this article, we will highlight the most common type of damp as well as which types of damp can cause extensive structural damage to your property. If you feel that you are in need of Newcastle damp proofing or if you require a damp proof membrane in Newcastle then be sure to contact B&K Services today by calling our team now on: 0191 262 8412
Damp & Condensation
Condensation is the most common type of damp and affects many homes. Condensation is caused by moist air condensing on walls which especially occurs in rooms with a lot of moist air in them. Bathrooms and kitchens are the most common areas for this due to showers and sinks. The winter can also just naturally cause condensation as the walls in your house are much colder than the air inside. Condensation is accelerated by poor ventilation and switching the heating on and off sporadically. The lack of ventilation can also caused by other methods that seek to increase the energy efficiency of your home. These energy efficient features (think air-tight double glazing) decrease ventilation as they need to be air-tight for maximum energy efficiency. Older houses are also prone to a lack of ventilation and how they are designed to allow damp to evaporate out of the home. Modern homes don’t let the water in in the first place. Seeing water drops on the walls? Dark mould appearing in the corners of rooms or walls? Then you most likely have an issue with condensation. To rectify issues caused by condensation, implement ventilation into the affected room or consider using a dehumidifier to remove water from the room.
Penetrating Damp & How To Identify This
Water leaking through the walls of your home is an issue which can cause severe structural damage. Penetrating damp is often observed in homes which have had water leaks or burst pipes as the level of water that soaks the wall is substantial. Internal piping can also cause penetrating damp such as flooring being damaged by the pipes under your bath. Again with older homes, these may have solid walls which absorb penetrating damp further. Cavity walls provide more protection therefore older homes are more susceptible to the effects and damage of penetrating damp. For penetrating damp, check guttering and other roofing areas for leaks. You can also look at the bricks of your house to check that these have not been worn down over time. It is likely that some may need to be replaced or protected with water resistant fluids or lime washes. Wall cavities in your wall can cause issues and this can be rectified by setting up a damp-proof cavity tray or checking that your weep holes aren’t blocked by debris or piping on the exterior of your wall.
Problems With Rising Damp
Rising damp is caused by water travelling up your wall from the ground. This can be identified by a deposit of white crystals which will appear near the ‘tide mark’ of your wall. These crystals are salt and they indicate that water is coming from the ground. A damp proof course or re-plastering of the affected area is important as rising damp can again cause structural damage and health risks if not treated. Rising damp can also cause other types of damp such as condensation. The evaporation of the salts that appear on the walls can cause moisture to be formed which perpetuates the issue further. Should you be suffering from any types of damp then you can directly contact our expert.
Contact Our Damp Proofing Expert in Newcastle Today
Our damp proofing expert has many years of experience in carrying out a variety of damp proofing services. Whether this is carrying out a damp proof course, installing a damp proof membrane or re-plastering utilising our re-plastering team. Should you be suffering from the effects of damp in your home then you can contact our team to ensure that these issues can be resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is often much more costly to wait and pay for the damage that damp can cause instead of quickly taking action. We utilise the very best damp proofing technology to ensure that your home is protect. Should you require Newcastle damp proofing near me or if you require a damp proof membrane in Newcastle then call B&K Services today on: 0191 262 8412