Catford is a district of South East London, within the London Borough of Lewisham, and a priority area for regeneration.
Tapco HomeDry are London, Surrey and the Home Counties damp and dry rot experts and were recently at a property in Catford which had several damp problems. Our Surveyor carried out a full damp survey which included testing the walls for high moisture levels by using an electronic ‘Survey Master’ damp meter. Moisture levels of over 20% were found which were caused by rising damp.
Our Surveyor also inspected the timbers of the property and found further problems:
– An advanced attack of the Wet Rot Fungus (Coniophora Puteana) together with an infestation of the Wood Boring Weevil (Euophryum Confine) to the rear right wall plate of the hall.
– A scattered / heavy infestation of Woodworm (Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum) affecting the floorboards.
Following our specialist survey our experienced Tapco Homedry operatives were instructed to carry out urgent remedial action. Some of the timbers were weakened beyond treatment and needed to be cut out and replaced with new pre-treated timber. We also carried out a preservative spray treatment to the remaining existing timbers.
Due to the high level of moisture in the walls we also had to remove the lower wall plaster, inject a new damp proof course into the base of the walls and re-plaster in accordance with our ‘Tapco HomeDry Damp Proof Plastering System’. This is because it is because it is likely that the original plaster is contaminated with hygroscopic salts from the ground. On days of high humidity these salts attract moisture from the atmosphere and the plaster becomes damp. Unless the affected walls are re-plastered they will never dry out. Removing the contaminated wall plaster and re-plastering in accordance with our specification completes the ‘system’ and the previously damp walls will start to dry out immediately creating a dry un-contaminated surface for re-decorating.
If you have a rising or penetrating damp or dry rot problem in Catford call Tapco HomeDry for a damp or timber survey today on 0800 195 9878. You can be confident in us as we are proud members of the British Damage Management Association (BDMA), Property Care Association (PCA) and Trustmark (Government Approved Standards). All our work is covered by our long term Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI).