About Damp Proofing
Damp is a problem in many of Stoke-on-Trent properties, both residential and commercial, both new and old, and there are many different causes. Serious examples of damp inside buildings includes rising damp, often associated with a breach in the damp proof course or where there is no DPC to begin with.
In all cases, damp can have major consequences in terms of damage and ultimately repair costs, which can at times be considerable. Damp, however insignificant it might at first appear to be, should never be ignored.
What is rising damp?
Damp patches that appear on the lower internal sides of a Stoke-on-Trent wall, is very likely to be rising damp. Water has penetrated the outer wall and spread inwards and upwards causing damage to plaster and wall paper or painted surfaces. This penetrating damp will not go away by itself and remedial action will be necessary. Repairs will need to be carried out by a professional Stoke-on-Trent contractor or tradesman who is highly experienced in damp treatment techniques. Where perished plasterwork is evident then it might be necessary to remove all the affected plaster and apply a new plaster surface. Hence the expense if work is not carried out as a matter of urgency. Older buildings are more likely to be affected by rising damp and especially those that were built prior to 1875, when it became compulsory for DPCs to be included in home building.
Who needs damp proofing in Stoke-on-Trent?
Damp proofing covers all the remedial, maintenance and preventative measures required in order to prevent penetrating damp and to keep damp at bay. These measures may include the use of special water repellent chemicals and specialist treatments carried out by a professional damp proofing company or expert contractor. However, before any damp proofing treatment can be applied, the exact problem needs to be identified. A damp proofing services consultant can provide an inspection and full report then recommend the correct remedial action. Damp and timber reports are carried out by local professional surveyors who may offer a range of useful services and quite often offer free advice. Damp can appear as obvious wet patches or on the chimney breast usually created by hygroscopic chimney salt. This salt has built up from years of the fireplace being in use and the flue has been contaminated slowly damaging the facing plaster and will need restoration. There is a specific reason for the damp penetration and a specific damp proofing treatment to deal with it in Stoke-on-Trent.
Whether the damp problem is because of rising damp, condensation, a leaky gutter or blown external rendering, there is a solution to every specific problem. A damp proofing services team will usually include experts at every level, treating minor problems to severe damp problems and a reputable company can be found within most local areas. Rising damp and penetrating damp can not only cause serious problems to the internal and external fixtures, décor and structure of a building, it can also affect the value of a property. Damp is one of the major issues that surveyors will look for when valuing a property. It's always wise to remember that damp problems will only ever get worse and the remedial action required will cost more, the longer the problem is ignored. If you suspect you have a problem or potential problem with any kind of damp penetration, then it is advisable to contact a Stoke-on-Trent damp proofing business at your earliest convenience. Always ensure the contractor is experienced, fully qualified and more importantly, fully insured to undertake work on your property.
Interesting Geographical Information
Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by a federation of six towns in the early 20th century. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent, where the town hall and the railway station are located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The four other towns are Burslem, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton.
Staffordshire oatcakes (very different from the Scottish version and traditionally made in corner-shop style oatcake bakeries) are a much-loved local culinary speciality. They remain popular although are no longer the cheap alternative to bread. Oatcakes can be eaten cold or hot with any sweet or savoury fillings. Lobby, a stew not unlike Lancashire hotpot, is still made by local people.
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