What is Damp Proofing?
Damp proofing is the generic term that encapsulates all of the ways to defend your home from all of the different sources of elevated moisture and dampness.
Damp is able to build up in floors, walls, lofts and basements very easily, allowing mould, rot and mildew to take hold and spread.
This can lead to the core of your home becoming fundamentally damaged if left untreated.
This is why it is imperative that you Damp Proof your home and prevent a potential loss of structural integrity and even a potential collapse if left untreated too long.
The Dumfries and Galloway Area is particularly sensitive to high levels of humidity and moisture. As this is the case, we deliver a wide range of services aimed at protecting your home and preventing the buildup of dampness.
If you need a Damp Proofing survey in Moffat, Lockerbie, Dumfries, Annan, Castle Douglas, Thornhill, Gretna, Langholm, Carlisle or Glasgow, please request our free survey by filling in the form below.
Why Use a Damp Proofing Specialist?
The idea of damp entering your home is an unpleasant thought and it can increase your heating bills but that’s not the real danger damp brings. Moisture will also permeate the structural core of your house and lead to wood decay, threatening the very stability of the construction.
It is especially important in the humid areas of Dumfries and Galloway to waterproof all walls and basements to prevent serious structural damage caused by damp. It is far easier and less expensive to damp-proof than it is to fight infestations of Wet and Dry Rot or replace the decaying timber.
At FixRot we have 15 years of experience in Damp Proofing walls, floors and lofts and Waterproofing basements. Request a survey for your property to learn more about how to remedy the dampness problem. We carry out the most efficient, accurate and customer-friendly service in the region and we offer up to a 30-year guarantee through the Sovereign Protection Scheme Guarantee.
What Causes Damp?
You may think Damp is an ‘old’ house problem but damp can attack new buildings as well if they are not secured properly. Every building is at risk.
Possible internal or external defects leading to dampness:
- Insufficient damp-proof lining in your walls
- Leaking roofs and blocked gutters
- Inadequate ventilation
Read more about various types of damp and what’s causing them.
- Penetrating damp
- Rising Damp
What Are The Symptoms of Damp?
There are a few symptoms of damp you might have noticed on your property already.
- A musty smell can indicate both damp and the more serious presence of rot
- Black mould will occur anywhere where there is a high level of moisture
- Colour changes or detachment of wallpaper or wall paint
- Brittle, easily breakable skirting boards and wooden finishings
If you have noticed the presence of black mould or brittle wooden skirtings, you might already have a large infestation of Rot and extensive damage to the construction in areas that are out of sight. It usually takes a while for the symptoms to be visible on the interior wooden finishings. Seek professional help and specialist advice to make sure your home is safe for you and your family.
FixRot has over 15 years of experience in house maintenance and damp-proofing services. Request a survey on your property.