Damp Proof and Timber Treatment Specialists
The Damp Proofing Experts Keeping Homes Dry, Safe & Rot Free Throughout Leicester
As The Damp Proofing Experts, Our Advice is Based On Years of Experience
As experts in the damp proofing industry, we have been established for many years offering expert advice, surveys and rot services for property owners, estate agents and businesses all over Leicester.
We are a small, family run team based in and offer services in Leicester that focus on a specific range of treatments and solutions for damp-proofing. The team regularly installs tanking systems in basements and cellars. We regularly apply damp solutions to stop rising damp, dry rot treatment in properties as well as plastering walls where dampness has penetrated for Leicester properties and also woodworm treatment. Contact us or call us for a free home survey.
Our many years of experience also lays in the preservation of timbers, especially in older period homes with our woodworm treatment and dry rot treatment services in Leicester and Melton Mowbray.
We understand the invasion of privacy and disruption that is caused by coming into your property. This is why our specialists are punctual, polite and endeavour to carry out our work quickly but also efficiently.
Our core treatments and solutions cover all areas of Leicester and include:
- Damp proofing injection
- Eliminating rising damp in ground floor walls
- Condensation control
- Treating wood and timber for dry rot and woodworm treatment
- Tanking basements and cellars
Our team is based in central Leicester and covers most of the county including Loughborough, Hinckley, Wigston, Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Oadby and Narborough.
Warning: Leaving Damp or Dry Rot To Fester Can Cause Long Term, Structural Damage To Your Property
Why Does A Property Need to Be Damp-Proofed?
Many older Leicester properties were built without an effective damp proofing course. This helps damp to rise up from the ground, bridge the insulation cavity and penetrate into the plaster of internal walls. If this happens then a damp proofing course solutions needs to be injected and the plaster knocked off, the wall treated and then plastering the walls again.
Many of the older properties have basements or cellars.
You typically won’t find newly built properties with cellars in Leicester. A cellar or basement sits below the surface of the ground leaving it susceptible to dampness.
A tanking system is a treatment of the internal basement walls keeping the cellar dry and damp free using specialist waterproofing services.
There are times when a particular elevation of a property gets hampered by extreme wind and rain.
Over the years this can cause water to find a way in to your property. We can offer advice, treatments and solutions to help protect your property from such weather.
There are also times when damp and condensation can cause a mould problem in your home. We have specific solutions for condensation control. Mould infested walls are an unpleasant smell and an issue that needs treatment as soon as possible.
Our experienced damp services in Leicester also work on projects for period properties.
Many older properties have been neglected or were not built with the knowledge of stopping damp from penetrating your property. We also find that these older properties are more susceptible to dry rot, wet rot and woodworm.
We also work closely with Estate Agents and Architects in Leicester. We offer advice as well as damp proofing treatment solutions and services.
It all really starts with a complete property survey.
If you believe you may have a damp, mould, dry rot, wet rot or woodworm issue then call us and we’ll send one of our friendly surveyors to carry out a complete property survey.
What Exactly Does Damp Proofing Mean?
It’s the process of damp treatment to stop damp from penetrating through the floor or walls of an existing property. The most common issue is rising damp. This is when moisture travels from the ground up through the exterior walls, bridges the insulation cavity and penetrates into the internal walls of a property.
An injected damp proof course in your Leicester property creates a water-proof barrier slightly above floor level to stop the moisture from rising up.
If your Leicester home does have a damp problem, both external and internal walls will need to be treated with a silicon solution.
Why is it Necessary?
When you have a damp problem in your home it can affect your plastered walls, paintwork, flooring and ceiling. If it’s left untreated it can cause structural issues as well as lowering the value of your property. Damp proofing your home is really the only remedy available to you.
How Do I Know If I Need It?
Seeing mould and damp is a clear sign you have a problem and need some form of treatment. If the plaster on your walls feels cold and damp then this is another clear sign you have a damp problem. Sometimes it is easy to see moisture on the walls but other times it's not clearly visible.
This is why a complete survey of your Leicester property is important. Our surveyors use a specialist piece of equipment that will allow them to measure the moisture content within your walls and can hen decide which walls need damp proofing.
Will A Dehumidifier Get Rid of Dampness?
A dehumidifier can be effective at getting rid of some types of damp, especially the type of damp caused by excess condensation. If you have a damp problem then a dehumidifier will likely have little to no benefit and cannot dry out plaster.
How Long Does It Take for Walls to Dry Out After Treatment?
Every property and every wall is different. On average it will take 6 to 12 months for a wall to properly dry out after damp proofing treatment. If the plaster on your walls had to be removed and reapplied then it would be advisable to not decorate for at least 12 months.
If you plan on painting your walls then you can do so with a water soluble paint and this can be applied 4 to 8 weeks after visible signs of dampness have gone and your walls are dry.
Do You Have Damp Issues?
Do some of the rooms in your Leicester property have a musty smell to them? Sometimes damp problems can be seen as damp patches on walls or even as patches on the ceiling. If you have moisture in the plaster and its below a metre from your ground floor then you will most likely need to have damp proofing treatment.
Here are some of the tell tale signs to look for before calling for a damp proofing company to carry out treatment:
- Damp marks on walls or ceiling, sometimes look like strange paint stains.
- Paintwork or plastering peeling off of the walls of your property.
- Clear signs of woodwork flaking - skirting, architrave, window frames and sills.
- Black mould on ceilings, walls or furniture.
- Certain rooms that feel icy cold.
- Musty smells in certain rooms.
If your property has any of those signs above, you need to have a specialist to take a look.
A specialist will be able to conduct a full survey and offer advice if necessary.
Failure to not act when you experience some of these issues could lead to:
- Penetrating damp issues.
- Wet rot and dry rot problems.
- Timber infections such as woodworm.
Our damp proofing company in Leicester can help you combat these problems with our certified treatment services and solutions.
What can cause damp issues?
There are many different issues that can lead to damp problems in a Leicester property.
- A damaged roof.
- Leaky guttering or downpipes.
- Leaky water pipes or radiators.
- Missing roof tiles.
- Poor brick pointing.
- Inadequate drainage.
- A concrete floor that has no damp proofing membrane.
- An older property where the walls have no DPC installed.
How Long Should a Damp Course Last?
The chemical that forms the DPC (damp proofing course) is normally guaranteed for up to 20 years.
How Much Does It Cost to Fix Damp in a House?
As you can imagine, there are a lot of different variables that make giving a fixed price impossible.
However an approx guide based on the national average is around £70 per metre of wall treated.
What Happens if Rising Damp is Left Untreated?
If you have damp issues in your home and you allow it to remain untreated, it can be destructive. It can damage your property structurally as well damage your furnishings and your decoration.
How Do You Fix Rising Damp in an Old House?
All new Leicester houses are built the latest in building technology. All walls and floors have built in protections against damp issues and moisture. It is the older properties that were not built with damp proofing in mind.
For these older properties we have to drill holes into the walls both internally and externally to enable us to inject our damp proofing silicon for treatment.
This silicon spreads out from each drilled hole to form a vertical barrier across the wall, stopping any damp and moisture from rising.
How Quickly Does Rising Damp Spread?
If you have mould present as well as a damp in your Leicester property, then the mould will spread very fast. It can spread fast but not as quickly as mould. Rising damp doesn’t rise any higher than 1.5 metres.
How Can You Tell the Difference Between Rising Damp and Penetrating Damp?
The best way to distinguish between rising and penetrating damp is simple. Rising damp will not be found any higher up a wall than 1.5 metres.
If you see signs of damp above 1,5 metres, you can safely conclude that the damp is caused by something else and you may not need damp proofing treatment.
Can You Paint Over Rising Damp?
The answer is yes of course you can. Paint is not going to stop damp. The moisture is in the plaster and most likely coming from below or externally.
How Much Does a Damp Survey Cost?
These days most lenders will require a damp survey before they release any funds. The survey is and will continue to be an integral part of buying a home.
Property size, location and type of survey are all factors that are going to impact the cost.
A survey carried out by an independent, registered surveyor will cost between £150 to £300 for the average 3 bed semi-detached property.
The Areas We Cover
We cover most of Leicester and Leicestershire and the following postcodes:
LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5, LE6, LE7, LE8, LE9, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE13, LE14, LE15, LE16, LE17, LE18, LE19, LE21, LE41 LE55, LE65, LE67, LE87, LE94, LE95.
We also cover the following nearby places:
Loughborough, Wigston, Coalville, Oadby, Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Hinckley, Rugby, Groby, Narborough and Blaby.
Our unit and office is based in Loughborough, just North of the training ground of Leicester City FC.
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