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Damp Proofing & Timber Treatments In London & Surrounding Areas

What’s the first thing people look for when assessing a new property? Damp. It’s one of the reasons that ‘Damp Proofing in London’ is one of the most popular searches in the property arena.

You’ll know that a damp problem is an indicator that there could be bigger problems lurking, so if you need damp problems in your property looking at promptly by some of the most experienced damp proofing specialists in London, give Refresh a call. Our team regularly responds to urgent damp problem calls where our trusted experts can assess your damp problem and give you a full Damp Treatment Report on your damp issues quickly.

There’s no shortage of property renovators or property owners in the area, but when you’re looking for London damp proofing specialists, there’s not the same level of abundance. We want you to be sure that when you choose our damp proofing solutions, your decision is as watertight as the property will be!

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Rising Damp

Rising dampness is a form of dampness found in primarily older properties.

rising damp

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating dampness occurs when rainwater is allowed to ingress through…

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Condensation

Condensation occurs when water vapour held in the air comes into contact…

dry and wet rot

Dry & Wet Rot

Dry and Wet Rot are fungi that attack damp timber.

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Woodworm

Woodworm is the generic name given to a variety of insects that cause damage…

Basement Waterproofing

Being below ground, basements and cellars are susceptible to ground…

Rising Damp

Rising dampness is a form of dampness found in primarily older properties. It is caused by the building’s bricks and mortar absorbing salt rich moisture from the ground over a period of time. These salts are left in the walls during natural evaporation which can be seen forming crystals typically on the surface of internal plasters.

The majority of buildings are constructed with physical damp proof courses (DPC’s) which are thin barriers inserted in the walls low levels designed to inhibit moisture rising from the ground. Occasionally and especially in older buildings where the DPC is made of slate and degrades or cracks, the DPC is breached, allowing the passage of moisture into the wall above. Typically, rising dampness will be found up to 1 metre from the ground but in exceptional circumstances, can rise higher.

Common symptoms of rising damp include flaking or blistering paint, water marks, bands of salt crystals on internal plaster and rotten skirting boards.

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Damp Moisture

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating dampness occurs when rainwater is allowed to ingress through the external walls of a property. The causes of penetrating dampness vary but can normally be attributed to leaking rainwater goods such as gutters and downpipes or poorly maintained external masonry such as missing pointing. Other problems associated with penetrating dampness can include heat loss and frost damage where moisture freezes and expands in the capillaries of bricks causing cracking.

This dampness is not exclusive to solid walls and can affect cavity walls due to badly installed wall ties, insulation and or blockages within the cavity. This can allow bridging to occur between the external and internal skins.

It is typically recognised internally as localised damp patches with discoloured, flaking or blistered paint. In extreme cases, blown plasters are common. Externally, discolouration and/or deterioration of masonry with moss growth in areas of ingress are common symptoms.

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Condensation

Condensation occurs when water vapour held in the air comes into contact with surfaces colder than the air surrounding them. This primarily affects windows and externally facing walls during seasons of colder weather, as these are normally the coldest surfaces in the house. In a nutshell, the amount of water vapour in the air is described as humidity level. When the property is subject to restricted ventilation, the humidity levels rise significantly to a point where the water vapour more readily condenses on these colder surfaces forming droplets. Over time, these droplets start to saturate surfaces such as walls which become ideal conditions for the growth of moulds and if prolonged condensation is left untreated to windows with a timber frame, can cause rotting of these timbers. Typical symptoms include droplets forming on the inside of windows and the formation of dark spots of mould on walls and ceilings especially in corner areas where air circulation is at its lowest.

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Dry & Wet Rot

Dry and Wet Rot are fungi that attack damp timber. It is generally agreed that wet rot is considerably less severe than dry rot although they can be started in very similar ways with damp timber providing the ideal growing conditions for the both. The primary difference between the two fungi is that dry rot will actively search for more nutrients via masonry whereas wet rot will generally contain itself to the source. The Dry Rot fungus, left unchecked without proofing, can be extremely destructive to structural timbers. Primarily caused by internal leaks in the vicinity of structural mainly softwood timbers, dry rot is fast growing and will spread along masonry and behind plaster in its search for more nutrients.

One of the main problems with dry rot is its ability to remain unseen for long periods of time with the average homeowner unaware of its existence until such point as significant damage has been done. Its Latin name “Serpula Lacrymans” when is roughly translated as ‘Creeping – Making tears’.

Often misdiagnosed by homeowners, symptoms of the dry rot fungus can range from cuboidal cracking of the affected timbers, a white fluffy growth (often with droplets of water on its surface) resembling cotton wool and a terracotta orange fungal mass which releases similar colour spores into the air and local area. All these visual signs are normally accompanied by a strong musty mushroom smell.

To book a site survey, consultation and no obligation quotation for our dry & wet rot proofing services in London, please click here or call 02089596424

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Woodworm

Woodworm is the generic name given to a variety of insects that cause damage to timber diagnosed by small holes and accompanying timber dust in any timber that is allowed to become damp either by high humidity or a local water source. The size and shape of the holes vary greatly depending on the insect causing them but are all treated in relatively the same way. The holes and dust are caused by the matured insect emerging from the timber. The extent of the damage will vary greatly dependent on severity of infestation and type of insect.

In the UK, the primary culprits are; Common Furniture Beetle, House Longhorn Beetle, Deathwatch Beetle and Powderpost Beetle.

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Refresh Property Services and Consultants

Refresh PSC has over 20 years of experience in all things damp. From Damp & Timber Treatment to Cellar and Basement Conversions, our extensive experience in the waterproofing arena is built on a service that real people can trust. Our ethos of reliably providing guaranteed work by a friendly team of qualified experts has kept our customers happy for decades.

Basement Waterproofing and Cellar Conversions

We all know the level of property prices in London and the potential value of even the tiniest of apartments, so any rooms going unused is as good as burning money. With London having so many period properties, there are thousands of basements and cellars perfect for converting to apartments or additional family space, so if you are considering a cellar conversion, get in touch and we can arrange a visit to discuss and assess your basement or cellar.

London properties are rife with damp problems – the high levels of clay usage in local construction over the decades means that numerous basements and cellars have serious damp issues. The combination of water ingress from groundwater being forced into the structure and the soil composition keeps damp proofing specialists in London like ourselves extremely busy.

If left unresolved, damp problems can not only affect your property price and potential, but can cause respiratory and health problems too so it’s important that the root of the problem is handled properly. Our basement waterproofing services such as damp proof coursing injections or basement tanking are just some of the solutions we provide to keep your basements dry all year round to protect your home, and your investment.

Damp Assessments You Can Trust

One of the first questions we’re asked is if we offer a free survey as many of the damp proofing experts in London offer this. In short – no we don’t. Because a Damp Treatment Survey from Refresh PSC combines decades of knowledge and damp proofing experience, with the time to assess your property thoroughly. Charging you for this time, means we don’t need to inflate or exaggerate your damp problem in order to recover that time.

We’re often called out to assess a problem which could simply be a ventilation issue or a small fix. One that we’ll make no money on as you won’t need our help with, and we’re fine with that. If you use our services for your damp problem, great – we simply refund your survey fee, but if you choose another specialist for your solutions, we totally understand.  We don’t need any underhanded tactics to scare you into using us – everything is extremely transparent from the outset.

Damp problems are rarely accurate with a quick glance. Problems such as dry and wet rot, rising damp or penetrating damp need thorough assessments, so investing a little more time and money to address the problem properly now, could save you a small fortune in the long run.

If you’re looking for any help or advice with damp problems in London, or the surrounding areas, get in touch. From a simple condensation tip to a full cellar conversion, we’re here to help.

The variety of damp problems is huge, so the first thing we’ll say is to give us a call. With just a few questions such as your location, your property age, and the problem you’re facing, we’ll be able to use our extensive knowledge of the soil composition of London and which properties are more problematic to give you a useful starting point to move forward with.

Our services include Damp Treatment Surveys and Reports, Cellar Conversions, Basement Tanking and waterproofing, Structural Waterproofing, Timber Treatments and woodworm, as well as the more well-known culprits such as rising damp or penetrating damp, condensation, dry and wet rot.

There are various damp problems that can show up in our homes and properties. A missing tile or cracked roof can cause water to penetrate the walls of your property which if left unnoticed or unchecked for a period of time, will escalate. London also has some areas where damp problems are almost expected, but besides the more obvious signs of damp such as visibly wet patches on your walls or floors, here are a few signs to look out for that indicate your property may need waterproofing or damp proofing services:

  • Areas of your home have a musty smell
  • Walls, floors, and ceilings feel cold to touch or damp.
  • Ceilings or floors have mould and mildew on them
  • Wallpaper or paint lifts, peels or cracks.

As with anything, the answer is of course you can. In the same way that you can repair your own car, or self diagnose an ongoing health issue. Where the problem arises is when your problem is bigger than you realise. An expert will save you time and money in the long run as they know exactly which symptoms to look for and their years of experience will mean the trial and error process you’ll no doubt need to go through will be eliminated.

They already know the best solutions. As one of the most trusted Damp Specialists in London, WE already know the solutions. If you have a significant damp issue, there will often be a combination of treatments and remedies applied to not only deal with the initial damp problem but to thoroughly protect against it returning. Without years of experience, you risk your initial efforts to fix a damp problem being for nothing as it will often return.