Penetrating Damp Hawick

Damp patches, damp musty smell and crumbling plaster on your walls can indicate that you have a penetrating damp problem. It is vital for you to repair the issues within the property which are causing the problem. Speak to our Hawick branch today to consult with our experienced surveyors or to arrange a property survey.

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What Causes Penetrating Damp?

Penetrating damp usually happens as a result of water being able to access your property through property defects. This damp usually occurs in roofs, walls, windows or door surrounds. It can happen on any tier of a building and can affect any part of an external wall.

Main causes:

  • Problems with the property – overflowing gutters, incorrectly installed windows, pointing being damaged, etc
  • Porous walls – over time, bricks become unable to stop rain penetrating them
  • Issues with brickwork and pointing can allow rain access to your property
  • Masonry damage due to frost or old age
  • Damage to the exterior of your property – e.g. damage to the roof

Guttering height is a common point where penetrating damp problems are spotted. A damp problem located at this height suggests that the source of your issue could be from defective downpipes or gutters. Making use of expertise is the only way to ensure you correctly identify the source of the dampness. It is important to correctly diagnose the source of the issue otherwise it is impossible to provide an effective solution.

How To Identify Penetrating Damp

Penetrating Damp Signs:

  • Walls or ceilings having damp patches
  • Blotches appearing on walls and defective decor
  • Puddles and drips
  • Damp wall insulation/plasterwork
  • Damp musty smells
  • Crumbling and wet plaster
  • Visible spores

Our Penetrating Damp FAQ page can help you to get a better understanding of what the easier signs are for you to identify if you have a penetrating damp problem. Our Hawick branch will swiftly respond to your call and aid you in resolving any damp issues affecting your property. We have numerous damp prevention systems to choose from which will ensure we put the best damp proofing system in place for your property.

Penetrating Damp Treatment & Repairs

Our Hawick branch will send our specialists out to your home as soon as possible to find the source of your damp problem. The fastest and most cost-efficient solution for your home will then be provided.

What our specialist does:

  • Thoroughly inspects the property to accurately identify the type of damp issue your property is suffering from
  • Identifies the source of the issue (Point of access for the water)
  • Provides you with a detailed survey report allowing you to fully understand the extent of your problem
  • Provides the best treatment solution

Repairs will be detailed to fix the cause of the damage. Our specialists will then apply a physical damp proof membrane or water repellent to protect the damp affected area.

It is nearly impossible for the untrained eye to be able to accurately diagnose the type of damp problem their property has. It is crucial that as soon as you notice a potential damp problem in your property you immediately reach out for a specialist opinion. Whether you live in a new build or an older property, no property is safe from penetrating damp. Self-treatments are very unlikely to prove successful at eradicating your damp issues due to the likelihood of a misdiagnosis of the type of damp affecting your property.

Property Survey

Our qualified rot 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.

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Free automatic transfer to the new property owner if sold.

After eight decades of successful property surveys and repairs, we’re confident to offer you a 5 Year Guarantee that transfers with the Property.

Richardson & Starling are long-standing members of the Property Care Association (PCA) and the QANW. This demonstrates our ability to meet technical and financial requirements to offer an insurance back-up to our own long term guarantees if you would like this.

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