DAMP PROOFING BIRKENHEAD
Abbey Damp Proofing Services in Birkenhead
Your property is one of the biggest investments you’re ever going to make. Safeguarding that investment is more important than ever before, and that’s what Abbey Damp Proofing Wirral are here to do. For 20 years we’ve provided a comprehensive range of property preservation and maintenance services across the North West. We specialise in treatments for damp proofing in Birkenhead our vast range of services can help with
Rising Damp in Birkenhead
Rising damp is the process of water rising vertically up from the ground and travelling by capillary action through porous material such as bricks and mortar. This will cause the wall to become damp as hygroscopic salts travel into the brickwork and plaster. As water evaporates, these salts are deposited into the wall attracting more moisture from the atmosphere. As the process continues the wall and surrounding area becomes more saturated and signs of rising damp will become evident such as crumbling of plaster and white tide marks appearing on a wall up to a height of around 1 metre.abbey damp proofing can offer specialist assistance with rising damp in wirral Problems such as dry rot, wet rot and wood boring beetle infestations are also more likely to occur as surrounding timbers become saturated. It is a slow process and can be present for many years before any sign of a problem appears. Rising damp will typically occur due to:
- No damp proof course (DPC) as is commonly the case with older buildings
- Deterioration and failure of the DPC over time
- Changes in external ground levels meaning the DPC becomes bridged. For example if a new patio has been laid
- Moisture travelling in between the wall and the render so bypassing the DPC.
Penetrating Damp in Birkenhead
Penetrating damp is an all too common issue with the potential to seriously damage both the exterior and interior materials of a property. It is generally classified as water that finds its way from the outside in and it can occur at all levels of the building. This is unlike rising damp which occurs only at ground level.
Why does penetrating damp occur?
- Faulty rainwater goods ie blocked gutters, faulty downpipes
- Roof defects such as missing roof tiles
- Damaged pointing, cladding, flashing or render
- Walls exposed to wind driven rain
- Long periods of rain and heavy winds
- Flood water saturating masonry
- Ongoing and undetected leaks from pipes
Condensation in Birkenhead
Condensation is caused by an imbalance of airflow, heating and ventilation resulting in a rise in relative humidity within the atmosphere of a property.
As warm air, which holds more water vapour than cold air, hits a cold surface such as a wall or window the air cools and is unable to retain all the moisture. The moisture it cannot hold is released and deposited in the form of tiny water droplets onto the cold surface.
Where does condensation appear?
Condensation can appear at any height, on almost any cold surface and where there is little movement of air most commonly windows, north facing walls, corners and behind furniture. This distinguishes it from rising damp, which almost never occurs at heights of more than 1.2 metres over external ground level and which is confined to walls that are in contact with the ground. Unlike condensation, rising damp normally results in the brickwork or masonry, being of higher moisture content, than the plaster/render.
HAVE A DAMP PROBLEM?
Book a Damp Survey
From your initial enquiry for damp proofing, you will be working with an experienced member of our team who will offer advice and co-ordinate your survey appointment. This is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors who will assess and diagnose all issues in the property before providing the right solution. Any recommendations and quotations for work are detailed in an Inspection Report. We are able to price of plan or complete tenders as necessary.
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The products we use to treat Rising Damp Wirral are the highest quality and BBA Approved. We only use products from the major manufactures including Triton, Delta and Safeguard and our technicians are trained in their correct application. Our work is protected by our guarantee with third party protection available.
Contact us for help and advice
The team here at Abbey Damp Proofing Wirral can provide you with the support and guidance that you need to deal with any rising damp issues your property or your clients property may be experiencing. We work alongside homeowners as well as commercial clients to provide specialist solutions required to ensure properties are properly protected.