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Damp Proofing and Re-plastering

Rising damp is a common problem in older properties, this is due to the lack of an effective damp proof course or the omission of one. As the water passes up the wall, it evaporates away from the surface. Eventually the amount of water passing into the wall is balanced by the amount which can evaporate and the water does not reach any higher up the wall.

This may result in a tide mark being seen across the wall. The height of the tide mark depends on the dampness of the ground and how quickly water can evaporate from the wall. If the wall is coated with a water resistant covering, such as tiles, gloss paint or vinyl paper, the damp may reach much higher before it can evaporate. Rising damp rarely rises above a height of 1 metre above the external ground level and / or the internal solid floor level.

The rising water will carry salts into the wall from the ground. These can react with plaster or brickwork and a deposit of crumbly white crystals may be seen on the surface.

We are able to offer a full range of damp proofing solutions including pressure injected silicone or the highly effective injection cream. The installation of a damp-proof course (dpc) is only one part of the overall process. Wet and salt contaminated plaster must be removed and replaced using the correct materials we are able to offer a full re-plastering service.

Replastering only to walls that continues to suffer from ingress of water is unlikely to prove successful in the long term. This is because renovating plasters are usually only capable of holding back moisture for a short period. The introduction of the dpc is vital to reduce the amount of water in the structure.

Condensation Control

The water in the air can come from a variety of activities within the home, for example:-

All houses will suffer from some condensation from time to time, but severe condensation is a very common problem particularly in cold weather and in older houses. As well as water streaming down windows and on to window sills, water may collect directly on walls, especially behind large pieces of furniture and curtains.

If wood, wallpaper and plaster are badly affected they will become permanently damp and mould will start to grow (usually the black spot mould). Over a prolonged period, wood will rot and plaster may become perished.

The cure for condensation is finding the correct balance of heat and ventilation, this is often difficult due to modern living.

We can provide you with various solutions from basic passifier vents to full management systems.

Woodworm

Woodworm refers to the larvae of any wood-boring beetle, rather than one particular species. In the UK, the most common are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum), House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) and Powderpost Beetle (Lyctus brunneus).

Your woodwork could be infected without you even knowing it, and it may be years before you discover you have a problem. It's a common mistake to think that woodworm only affects old historical properties but it can cause damage to newly constructed buildings as well.

If you find any of the below in and around your woodwork then you are most likely to have woodworm and it's time something was done about it.

Tell tales are:

Below are a few examples of the most common woodworm:

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)

Attacks softwood and sapwood by tunnelling along the grain which could cause collapsing of a structure.

Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum)

Attacks oak, ash, and chestnut that has suffered partial decay. They burrow to the centre of the wood so the damage is more serious inside the wood than at first glance. Mainly found in southern or central England.

Wood Boring Weevil

Euophryum confine and Pentarthrum huttoni, which have the typical "weevil" appearance of a long snout and short legs. They are not a primary cause of timber decay because they will attack only wood that is damp and partially decayed by wood-rotting fungi.

Powderpost Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)

The only common species in Britain is Lyctus brunneus, which belongs to the family Lyctidae and was imported many years ago from North America. Lyctus damage is restricted to "wide-pored" hardwoods with a high starch content, such as ash, elm and oak.

All forms of woodworm can be treated by spray, paste or in the worst case removal of parts of the timber and applying new timber in its place. The correct treatment can be specified , and then completed by our operatives quickly and easily with minimal fuss