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Damp Proofing in Maidstone

The aim of Maidstone Rendering, Timber And Damp is to supply expert damp proofing in Maidstone and timber surveys, reports and/or quotes along with information and recommendations on how to cure rising damp, beetle contamination (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation. We carry out timber treatments and damp-proofing for property owners, property managers, builders, property developers, owners of commercial properties and local housing associations. Along with undertaking specialist damp-proofing and timber treatments, additionally we offer damp and timber surveys for pre-purchase & re-mortgage requirements when dampness & timber issues have already been included in the home-buyers survey report.

Free surveys and plain English reports for damp proofing in Maidstone, timber treatments and dry rot are dealt with quickly and proficiently.

You’ll find that our care and commitment to your solution is apparent from survey right through to completion.

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What is Rising Damp?

Rising Damp in Maidstone occurs in properties when water from the ground rises up through the bricks and mortar of a building by capillary actions, in a similar manner that a sponge will take up water from the ground.

How do I know if I have Rising Damp?

As a property owner you can use specific visual and touch signs to help establish rising damp. The most common signs include:

• Wallpaper coming off or peeling from the wall
• Damp patches and discoloring around 1 metre up a wall from the floors
• Tide marks on the walls up to 1 metre caused by evaporation and salts from the ground.
• Decayed skirting boards

If you believe you might have Rising Damp then contact us now to prepare a Survey. Book Your Damp Survey Now.

Penetrating Damp

Rain penetration (better known as penetrating damp) is a very common type of dampness in buildings. It can occur through walls, rooftops or openings like window reveals. Water will commonly enter the exterior envelope of a building and travel indoors.

Typical causes of penetrating damp include:

Roofing faults like faulty flashing, broken or lost slates or tiles.
Faults in brickwork or masonry, broken pointing, porous bricks etc.
Missing or defective mastic around doors and windows.
To get expert advice on your how to deal with structural damp in your property book a no-obligation survey.

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Some of the problems dampness in the home can cause;

Condensation

Condensation in Maidstone is not just a nuisance, if neglected it can result in substantial problems to the occupants, the furniture, the decoration and the very structure of a building. Condensation on windows typically brings about faster rot to the lower areas of window frames, condensation on walls and ceilings causes mould and damage to to the plaster, condensation on the undersides of roof surfaces can cause rot and decay in the loft area. Damp homes will cost more to heat and spores from mould can cause health problems. How to stop condensation is a crucial question which can be answered expertly when you contact our team for damp proofing in Maidstone.

Condensation In Buildings

Condensation in properties emanates from water vapour in the air cooling and precipitating into water in chillier sections of the structure or on chilly surfaces like windows. All occupied properties will contain water vapour, it comes from our cooking, washing and respiration.

Buildings with inadequately insulated walls and poor ventilation are especially susceptible to this problem. It often causes damage in a building similar to penetrating or rising damp and it frequently would seem in the same places. Condensation is the largest trigger of mould in homes.

How to Stop Condensation

Condensation is usually part of a complicated damp house problem and may be the result of various factors. Condensation at the bottom of external walls is frequently mistaken for rising damp and costly damp proofing will never resolve this problem. The first step is to get expert advice and thoroughly understand cause and severity of the damp problem, and to help with this we offer a no-obligation damp survey. One of our qualified surveyors will visit your property and provide an independent assessment of the damp problem. We asses the overall damp problem and suggest a guaranteed solution including a no-obligation quotation for undertaking the work.  Often the solution is a Dry Air ventilation system.

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Structural Damp

project for damp proofing in maidstone - image shows the effect of structural dampWhat is Structural Damp?

Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building. A large percentage of damp problems in homes are due to condensation, rain penetration or rising damp.

Effects of Structural Damp

Dampness has a tendency to do secondary damage to a building. The excess moisture enables the growth of numerous fungi in wood, leading to rot or mould, these can result in health conditions and will at some point lead to ‘sick building syndrome’.

Prevalent effects of structural damp include:

  • Plaster and paint degrade
  • Wallpaper becomes loose
  • Staining from water, salts and mould mark surfaces
  • Concentrations of airborne mould that once inhaled can result in serious health effects on humans and household pets
  • External mortar and brickwork may crumble
  • Indoor air quality can become very poor which in turn might cause respiratory sickness in occupants
  • Excess moisture leads to growth of microbes such as mould, fungi and bacteria which subsequently emit spores, cells and volatile organic compound into the indoor air.
  • To get expert advice on the best way to treat structural damp in your building book a no-obligation survey.
Woodworm

You may not realise that you have a woodworm situation until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is key before they trigger more damage.

Different wood boring insects prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to distinguish what type of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Whatever the species, each of them will leave several signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.

Identification

There are various tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation. They include:

  • Small round exit holes in your woodwork, much like the holes in a dart board.
  • Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is called frass).
  • Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
  • Tunnels in the timber
  • Weak and damaged timbers or flooring.
  • Adult woodworm beetles appearing from holes within the timber.
  • Dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation or on window sills.
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after we've carried out damp proofing in maidstoneContact Maidstone Rendering, Timber And Damp

With over 40 years experience in damp proofing in Maidstone we’re the name you can rely on to keep your property performing to the best of its capabilities. If you have a query that you would like to ask our team, we’d love to hear it. Please contact us now on 0800 024 6204 or get in trading-standards-approved-300x131touch via our Contact Page. Our guarantee to you is that the results of our work will last for up to 30 years, meaning that you are able to relax, safe in the knowledge that your home is safe.