Tapco HomeDry Damp Proofing in Slough
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Damp Proofing Slough
Damp proofing is the process of making a structure water-resistant or waterproof. It is used in the construction of buildings and other structures to prevent moisture from entering the structure and causing problems such as mould, rot, and rust. It can also be added after a property has been constructed if there is an issue with damp.
There are various methods of damp proofing, but the most common is to use a damp proof course (DPC). This is a layer of material that is placed between the outer walls of a property and the inner walls. The DPC prevents moisture from rising up through the walls and into the property. The cause of the damp will have the biggest impact on the type of damp proofing recommended.
Damp proofing in Slough explained
Damp can be caused by a number of different things, but the most common is moisture rising up through the walls from the ground. This is known as ‘rising damp’. Rising damp is caused by a lack of a damp proof course (DPC) or a faulty DPC.
A DPC is a layer of material that is placed between the outer walls of a property and the inner walls. The DPC prevents moisture from rising up through the walls and into the property. Another common cause of damp is leaking pipes or gutters. This can cause ‘penetrating damp’, which is when water penetrates the structure of a property through cracks or holes.
Why is preventing damp so important?
Damp can cause damage to the structure of the property, including brickwork, masonry and timber. It can also cause cosmetic damage to properties and possessions. Damp can be a health hazard, especially for the very young and very old. And finally, damp also makes a property less comfortable to live in. It can increase energy bills as a damp property will be more difficult to keep warm.
Why choose Tapco HomeDry?
Tapco HomeDry has over 50 years of experience in rising damp prevention, and our team of qualified surveyors and technicians are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our customers. We offer a comprehensive damp proofing service that includes:
- An initial survey to assess the problem and identify the best solution
- Installation of a physical damp proof course and other damp proofing methods, as required
- Comprehensive aftercare to ensure the damp proofing is effective
Get in touch with Tapco HomeDry today to learn more about damp proofing in Slough.
What causes rising damp and how can you fix it?
There are a number of things that can cause rising damp, including:
- A lack of or damaged damp proof course
- Cracks in the walls or foundation
- Improper drainage around the property
- An increase in groundwater, usually as the result of poor draining
If you think you have rising damp, it’s important to have it assessed and repaired by a qualified professional. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, and you could find that this results in more extensive damage to your property that is more expensive to fix.
Damp is more obvious in the winter months when the weather is colder and wetter, but it can impact your property all year round. The nature of the weather in the United Kingdom means that damp is always a high risk.
How does damp proofing stop rising damp?
Damp proofing works to stop rising damp by creating a physical barrier between the ground and the property. While not a guarantee that issue will get into the property, it is the best known course of action for this issue.
The barrier prevents moisture from rising up through the foundation and into the property, which can cause serious damage. Damp proofing is an important part of any property’s maintenance and should be carried out by a qualified professional.