Woking in Surrey is a highly desirable area to live in with its close links to the M25 and trains that will get you into London in 24 minutes. Tapco HomeDry was recently called to Woking to survey a property for suspected damp problems. As London, Surrey and the Home Counties damp exerts, trading since 1971, we were the home owner’s first choice.
How does a Surveyor find a damp problem?
Our experienced Tapco HomeDry surveyor immediately picked up on a rising damp problem within the property. Moisture readings were taken at approximately one metre intervals, vertically and horizontally, to the base of the accessible internal wall surfaces, using the surface mode of an electronic ‘Survey Master’ damp meter. Where rising damp is present, moisture has risen from the ground by capillary action and high levels of moisture were recorded at the base of the wall. The affected walls were then inspected and measured and an external inspection was carried out to determine the general condition of the property.
Reason for Rising Damp
The damp is rising by capillary action because the existing damp proof course to these walls has broken down and is no longer functioning. If not rectified this can cause damage to the internal decorations and wood rotting fungi to the timbers in contact with these walls can occur.
Rising Damp Treatment
Tapco HomeDry Operatives were called in urgently to treat the rising damp problem. A chemical damp proof course was installed by injecting a thixotropic silane/siloxane (cream) to the affected walls to create a new damp proof barrier. This is important to protect it from further damp ingress plus damage to timbers and internal decorations.
Why use Tapco HomeDry?
We have been in the damp proofing business for over 44 years and are very proud to be members of several professional bodies including the Property Care Association (PCA), the British Damage Management Association (BDMA) and Trustmark (Government Approved Standards). We deal with all aspects of timber and damp problems and will offer you a long term guarantee for our work through our Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI). Take a look at our website to see our many reviews from satisfied customers.
If you suspect a damp problem it’s really not worth ignoring it or delaying treatment as it will worsen and can cause problems not only for your home but also your health. Give Tapco HomeDry a call today on 0800 195 9878 for a timber or damp survey.