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Moulds and moisture issues can eat away the structure of your property if ignored for too long. However, it is never too late to resolve your issues; working with a damp specialist London is the smartest option to put your mind at rest.

Here at Environ Property Services Ltd, we treat damp problems as a serious issue. Major concerns may arise once the damage has spread throughout your home, making it a bit more difficult and expensive to deal with.

Damp may also put you at a huge disadvantage if you are planning to sell your house in the future. You can’t hide these kinds of issues from your assigned surveyor, and the sale price of your house may drop drastically because of this.

Environ Property Services can eradicate moulds and moisture in your home or property, no matter what the extent of the damage is.

Before we proceed with the treatment, we will first conduct an in-depth survey to find out the type of damp that you currently have in your home.

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The Different Types Of Damps

There are many different kinds of damp occurring to various reasons, but they all have the same effect: mould and property damage.

If you are not sure what kind of damp you have in your property, our damp specialists London will be glad to help you distinguish it and will even tell you what causes it.

First, there is what you’d call ‘penetrating damp’. Also called water ingress. This is specified as water that has entered your building from the outside or is due to leaks in the plumbing.

When a property’s floor, ceiling, or walls gets penetrated by water, it will be soaked with moisture, leading to severe growth of mould.

If the water comes from the ground, it will cause more damage as it contains hygroscopic salts. This will attract more water and absorb it into the wooden structure of your property.

When this happens, your house will attract wood-boring beetles and other insects, forcing you to replace your timbers entirely.

Penetrating damp will also result in mould growth and may even cause or worsen health issues like asthma. Not only will you be spending on property repairs but also on your medical bills.

Then there’s Lateral damp. This is due to groundwater entering your property through cracks in the building, which is why most basements are cold and damp.

Houses located in places with high water levels are more susceptible to this kind of problem.

Lateral damp is just as terrible and if untreated, it can damage the structure of your property’s walls, weakening the foundation of the entire building.

It may also cause electrical shocks if the moisture hits internal wiring, which can be dangerous for you and your family.

To prevent this, your house’s basement should have reliable tanking systems as per existing building regulations. But if you feel like your cellar is too damp, don’t just assume that it is caused by lateral damp.

Lateral damp is often confused with Rising damp as they both show similar symptoms. However, each of them should be fixed as soon as possible, with a specific kind of treatment.

A damp specialist London will treat the former one with tanking solutions, while the latter one will be fixed with damp proofing techniques.

It is better to call recommended damp specialists to ensure what type of problem your property is currently facing so you can address it immediately.

Getting Rid of Damp – Why Work With Us?

Environ Property Services always aims for perfection when getting rid of moulds and moisture, ensuring clients that their property is properly protected from the damage caused by damp.

Thanks to our years of experience in the industry, there has never been a damp problem that we weren’t able to fix. We are a team of experts who commit a lot of time and effort in all kinds of projects that we take on, no matter how big or small.

Our free damp survey is also done by a Sovereign-approved specialist, and we see to it that our diagnosis will be 100% accurate as we understand that mistakes will only lead to inefficient treatments and we don’t want to see you suffer with further financial burdens as a result.

We are one of the most reliable damp proof specialists in the industry right now, and rest assured that working with us will truly be a great property investment.

If you want to receive a free quote, just get in touch with one of our staff, and we’ll be glad to answer all of your questions and concerns. For written enquiries, just send us an email at environpropertyservices.co.uk/contact.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much does damp proofing cost?

The cost of tanking solutions and other damp proofing techniques may vary due to your location and supplier. It can cost up to £70 per metre of a wall or £280 per wall. You may need to pay more if you plan to have all of your walls damp proofed.

Can you sell a house with rising damp?

You can, but the sale price of your house may be compromised. Serious damp issues like lateral, rising, or penetrating damp will have to be fixed by tanking experts and damp-proofing specialists.

Does house insurance cover damp?

Most house insurance policies do not cover damp and condensation. You are better off having your property examined by trusted surveyors to save on costly repairs. And if damp is found, contact an experienced waterproof tanking expert or damp-proof specialist.

How long does damp proofing take?

It may take around 3 to 4 days, depending on the size of the damp proof course (DPC) that needs to be installed. A smaller job may take up to 2 days, while a bigger one may take up to a week.

Are damp walls dangerous?

If the walls in your cellar are damp, it can encourage the growth of moulds, and inhaling their spores can cause nasal congestion, chest tightness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and more. It is best to consult with cellar waterproofing professionals and damp-proofing companies to fix dampness in your cellar before it gets out of hand.

What causes damp in bedrooms?

Because of the amount of moisture, dampness in a building can develop. Moisture occurs due to leaking pipes, ground floors, rising damp in basements, and so on. If you feel like your bedroom is getting damp, there may be an issue with the pipes that you’re not aware of. You should speak to an expert from a basement waterproofing company.

What happens if rising damp is left untreated?

It is important to fix rising damp as soon as possible, as overlooking this task will cause a lot of damage to your property’s structure. It can destroy your plaster and decoration, as well as cause rotting in your house’s timber.

Talk to some of the best rising damp specialists in the industry to solve this problem.

How quickly does rising damp spread?

It might take months or years before signs of rising damp appear on your walls. However, don’t wait for it to get worse; ask for a damp specialist free quote and have them inspect your home to handle it as soon as possible.

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Everything You Need To Know About Damp Proof Courses (DPC)

You may have heard about ‘damp-proof course’ or DPC, but what is it exactly?

It’s a horizontal waterproof barrier found in the external walls of your property, 15cm above ground level. This helps prevent water from getting inside the building.

Although a DPC is effective in damp prevention, you must ensure that the ground outside remains 150mm or 6in below your DPC. You also need to monitor this for damage. If it does get damaged, you should hire London damp specialists to have it repaired or replaced immediately.

If your house doesn’t have a DPC, you should ask an independent damp specialist to have one installed.

However, before you ask someone to install your DPC, you should beware of companies that take advantage of paying customers just to have their products installed, even though it’s totally unnecessary.

Make sure you work with reliable damp proofing specialists London to ensure that you will not be duped in paying for an unnecessary treatment. You can count on us for unbiased opinions and genuine treatments that truly work.

Benefits Of Having A Damp Survey

A damp survey will give you a detailed look into your property, specifically for its potential damp issues, and help contain them as soon as possible. This would give you a deeper understanding of the extent of any damp issues, stopping the problem from worsening.

On top of that, surveyors will also look into the current or potential causes of the damp issues, such as blocked or faulty guttering, as well as the condition of your drainage and pipework.

Then, these will be assessed properly to know what kind of solutions each needs to contain it.

What’s more, reliable surveyors will give you recommendations on how to avoid having the same issues again. They will also help you understand how too much moisture damages your property and how much it has affected the current spot.

They will also have to distinguish the type of damp your property has to know the appropriate method of treating it. For instance, if you have penetrating damp, your surveyor will suggest you work with a penetrating damp specialist London.

For any kind of damp problems, give us a call! We are knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of damp and the necessary treatments to solve your problem.