Damp Proofing

Damp Proofing

‘Damp’ refers to the presence of unwanted moisture, water or condensation in a property. It can be extremely harmful to a building’s structure. Damp can be detected through a variety of means such as a musty smell, or the appearance of wet patches or mould, wet rot or dry rot in skirting boards or timbers. If you think you may have damp in your property we can provide a free assessment. Willow Renovations has been dealing with damp problems for over 15 years, and can deal with all elements of damp proofing, wet rot and dry rot treatments and condensation control in properties affected by damp.

What is damp proofing?

Damp proofing is a protective process to ensure that moisture cannot pass through the walls of a building to reach the interior. The process of damp proofing places a barrier in walls which prevents rising damp. Other similar methods are used to prevent penetrating damp problems which can be found in many different types of property. Our Willow Renovations damp proofing specialist can help you to eliminate damp problems in your home or commercial premises and remove the possibility of future damp-related problems such as wet rot, dry rot, and mould.

What causes damp?

Damp can affect any building and cause a range of serious issues such as dry rot, wet rot and mould problems. Damp is caused by a multitude of issues, often due to the absence or failure of an existing damp proof course. The three most common types of damp are:

  • Rising Damp
  • Penetrating damp
  • Condensation

How to deal with damp in a concrete floor

Concrete floors should incorporate a damp proof membrane across the floor area which should be linked to the damp proof courses in the surrounding walls; to provide continuity of protection against ground moisture. Alternatively, an epoxy resin coating can also be applied across the floor to seal it against damp. The provision of this barrier against rising damp will prevent further moisture rising from the ground but other sources of damp must also be eliminated.
Our specialist will give you an accurate diagnosis and inform you of the best course of action to take.