Damp Proofing Edinburgh
Are you worried that your home may be suffering from a damp issue? With countless treatment options at our disposal, we will swiftly resolve any damp issues you may have. Our damp proofing specialists will select the most time and cost-efficient solution for your damp problem.
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Damp Proofing Your Home
No property is entirely safe from damp problems regardless of whether it is a new build or a historic property. Regardless of whether your property is flooded or if you have a condensation problem, our damp proofing specialists can rectify all damp problems your property may encounter. With a variety of solutions at our disposal for each damp problem, Richardson & Starling’s Edinburgh specialists will ensure any damp problem you have is dealt with efficiently.
Damp Signs - What Do They Mean?
Every damp problem has different symptoms which can help property owners get a better indication of the specific type of damp they are suffering from. Although the untrained eye may not easily identify the type of damp their property is suffering from it is critical that your property is surveyed by one of our Edinburgh specialists to ensure the correct damp diagnosis. One of our specialists will be able to precisely specify the source of your damp problem before providing the most efficient solution. Each type of damp exhibits their own unique signs:
- Crumbling plaster, high moisture content, visible salt deposits and a colder temperature at the bottom half of the wall suggest your home is suffering from a rising damp problem.
- Damp patches on walls or ceilings, blotches on walls and puddles or drips indicates your property has a penetrating damp problem.
- Growth of black mould, water gathering on the inside of windows and the peeling of wallpaper implies that you have a condensation issue.
- Damp from the ground surrounding your basement may cause flooding and damage the internal wall fabrics. Our basement waterproofing specialists can convert your basement and potentially increase the value of your property.
Rising Damp Treatment
Rising damp occurs when the bricks and mortar in your walls absorb moisture from the ground and cause it to rise upwards through the wall. Your wall essentially absorbs the groundwater. A poorly fitted or damaged damp-proof course (DPC) could be allowing moisture to breach the wall above the DPC and cause rising damp. Our specialist will extensively survey your damp issue before providing the most efficient solution. Depending on the site conditions, our specialist will either fix the existing damp proof course or will install an entirely new system. Whatever strategy they select, it will be the most cost-efficient one relative to your property problem.
Penetrating Damp Treatment
Penetrating damp tends to occur as a result of water gaining access through defects in the outer envelope of a property and this can affect the internal fabric of your property Defects such as defective guttering and downpipes, poorly installed windows as well as ageing render or bricks losing their ability to stop rain penetrating the walls can all result in penetrating damp. After our specialists have thoroughly surveyed your damp problem and identified that you are suffering from penetrating damp, they will seek to rectify your damp issue as swiftly as possible. Our specialists have various waterproofing repair solutions to deal with your penetrating damp problem.
Condensation & Mould Control
Penetrating and rising damp can often cause condensation within properties. It is not solely inefficient ventilation that causes condensation. Damp issues can considerably affect the levels of moisture which are in the air. Numerous surfaces in rooms suffering from condensation will start to produce black mould. This can significantly decrease the quality of the air in the affected room. This can particularly impact people who are more vulnerable such as children, asthmatics or the elderly. Your condensation problem can be rectified by our specialist introducing the most efficient solution for your home. Powerful extraction fans, positive input ventilation systems or even structural cold spot removal are a selection of some of the various tools which our specialists have at their disposal to reduce your property’s moisture content levels to an acceptable one.
Basement Waterproofing (Tanking)
In order to keep your basement dry, a waterproofing system can be installed. Our specialists will introduce a drain channel which works in correlation with walls which have been waterproofed by a waterproofing membrane. This drain channel will direct free water to a drain or towards a sump and pump water extraction unit in order to keep your basement dry. Upon introducing a basement waterproofing system into your home people’s quality of life can greatly improve. A substantial increase in the living space in your home, as well as improved storage capabilities, can result in your property’s value soaring. Our surveyors are CSSW qualified, which means they are a certified surveyor in structural waterproofing. This means they can specify the necessary waterproofing required to the structure being built below ground level or soil retaining walls into a hillside. All waterproofing will be specified BS 8102 which is the British Standard which covers the waterproofing to below ground structures of new properties. Find out more about new build waterproofing here.
Damp Proofing Survey
Our qualified damp proofing surveyor will closely investigate the affected area and measure the scale of the problem. At Richardson and Starling, we only supply experienced surveyors who are highly trained in all types of rot and damp problems that could affect your property. This means that our surveyor will be able to complete the survey and give the appropriate remedial recommendations no matter what problem is identified.