Damp Proofing Bristol

May 14, 2018

Damp Proofing Bristol – Brunel Preservation

When we observe damp, we always relate it to faulty or degraded building work or a fault in the plumbing of the building. This allows water to enter into the structure, which isn’t supposed to be there, hence the damp problem. Another source of rising damp could be trapped water in the foundation of the building, leaving excess amounts of water where there shouldn’t be. This causes condensation and moisture to rise, which causes the problem of damp in your home. If you are trying to find a reliable Damp Proofing Bristol service then please contact Brunel Preservations!

Damp Proofing Service Bristol

Damp Proofing Bristol

If you are trying to find a damp proofing provider in Bristol then Brunel Preservations is your answer. With a vast bank of knowledge and experience, Brunel is one of the most highly regarded damp proofing specialists in the South West. For More information, visit our page on Damp Proofing Bristol or call us on 0117 953 5383

Damp watermarks are one of the most noticeable signs of damp, as you will start to see patches of damp within the interior of your home. This is a tell-tale sign of penetrating damp since it will have penetrated the masonry work behind the finish in order to taint the finish as it has. A leading cause of rising damp is by the porous nature of the materials used to construct the building, in which external moisture penetrates through. This can be caused by certain defects in the construction of the building but even when these are corrected, the effects of internal and residual moisture can quite literally linger. The more time you give damp in your home the more detrimental effects it has, so it’s imperative you get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. In an ideal world, you would have had the building damp proofed during its construction, but in the case of many people, you have to deal with pre-existing damp, then you have to consider reactive measures as well as preventative once the issue has been cured.

Why is there damp in my home?

Damp is caused by excess moisture, which either occurs if there’s leaky plumbing, faulty roof tiles that are allowing rain in or rising damp coming from your basement. If water can get into your home, it usually results in excess moisture which is the start of damp.

How do I tell if I have damp in my home?

Damp cannot always be “detected” by looking at it since damp is usually at a critical state by the time you’re able to physically see the effects. Damp can manifest in many ways, from lingering in your brickwork to soaking into your structural timber. The best way to tell if you have damp is to have an inspection undertaken by a damp specialist who is insured & qualified to give you advice on the matter. Taking a look at the Property Care Association (PCA) website will give you a quick answer to qualified damp specialists near Bristol.

Can I treat damp in my home?

Damp is usually a deeper problem than just having mould on your furniture & skirting boards. If you’ve started to see damp or mouldy patches occurring, it means that water has already had a chance to seep into your masonry. This is usually an advanced stage of damp, which requires professional attention rather than any DIY solutions.

 

Can damp damage my health?

Can damp damage my health?

Damp won’t damage your health directly as damp can be defined as “the moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects”

Is damp bad for your health?

Damp isn’t a direct threat to your health, however damp is the main cause of mould. Mould is the main health concern since the spores that are released can be toxic. If inhaled, the mould spores can cause a variety of respiratory issues, as well as lung infections.

Is mould in the house a health risk?

The mould spores that are released can cause direct harm to your health, as well as worsening any existing respiratory issues. Mould in large quantities has been known to either cause or worsen conditions like asthma.

Can mould be a health risk to my kids?

Can mould be a health risk to my kids?

There have been studies by the World Health Organisation that show that more than three hundred million cases of childhood asthma can be linked to mould. Mould is a direct health risk since the spores that are released can be toxic if inhaled.

Can mould cause breathing problems?

Mould isn’t just an eyesore in your home, but it can be harmful to your health. Airbourne mould spores are small enough to be inhaled and absorbed by your lungs, which can cause breathing problems.

How can I stop damp?

Damp can be stopped by repairing/stopping the fault that causes it. A professional surveyor will take a look at your property to discover where the fault is coming from. Whether it be faulty masonry or a leaky pipe, the cause of damp has to be fixed. You can then look at preventative measures like damp proof courses (DPC) which will prevent other forms of damp.

Can mould be a health risk to my pets?

Can mould be a health risk to my pets?

Mould can also be a health risk to any animals in your home, especially black mould since it is attributed to a lot of respiratory issues in animals & humans. The respiratory systems of our furry friends are not that different from ours, so it’s a priority to protect pets from spores.

Are damp proof courses effective?

Damp proof courses are usually a physical barrier between the ground and the masonry in your foundation. DPC should stop damp from rising into your home since it won’t be able to permeate through the physical barrier.

Do damp proof courses work?

Depending on how old your damp proof course is, your DPC should be able to prevent damp from rising into your home. Damp proof course is a preventative measure to stop rising damp from occurring. As it’s a physical barrier between the moist ground surrounding the foundations & brickwork of your home, it should stop any moisture from rising into your home.

How do I get mould out of carpet?

How do I get mould out of carpet?

Mould can ruin textiles/fabric in your home since it grows on spots of damp. It might be quite worrying when you start to see mould growing but if you catch it early enough, it can be removed!

  1. When you first discover the mould, it’s important to start the process of removing & cleaning it as soon as possible. Leaving it will give it time to grow and further stain your carpet.
  2. If you can remove the carpet then do so, so you can sweep the mould off in a well-ventilated area. This will help to loosen up the mould, making it easier to clean.
  3. You should then vacuum the affected area making sure to suck up all loose pieces of mould. Empty the vacuum immediately after vacuuming into a bag, and dispose of it.
  4. Using a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, use a sponge to gently scrub the affected area of carpet in order to further loosen & clean the mould from the carpet.
  5. If you are able to move the carpet, move it outside and let it air dry. If you can’t let the carpet dry naturally, pat dry the affected area with paper towels until it’s dry to the touch.
  6. Inspect the affected area a few days after it has dried and check whether or not the mould is gone. You shouldn’t see any more mould in the area as long as you’ve cleaned the area properly. It’s important to clean the entire room if there are several patches of mould since the spores can grow anywhere where there’s excess moisture.

Does damp affect my asthma?

There have been clinical studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that shows that a large percentage of the 300 million+ cases of childhood asthma can be attributed to damp that will cause mould. This is a scary statistic as most of us who have children wouldn’t even know if we had mould in the house, let alone knowing that it may cause a chronic lung condition for our children.

With damp, you are going to have to have an initial survey in order to identify the issues at hand. This will mean a damp surveyor will check the main areas affected so that they can issue the correct remedies in your repair/treatment plan. They will be checking for condensation levels, traces of black mould that are caused by high levels of humidity, penetrating damp or even more obvious signs like leaky guttering or downpipe leaks.

If you are looking for a damp proofing service in Bristol then visit Brunel Preservations site for more information. Visit Damp Proofing Bristol or call their team on 0117 953 5383 and get a solution for your damp problem today!

For something that ensures the structural and interior soundness of your property, it is always advised to enquire with a service provider that has experience, knowledge and that also provided great value for money. Credited Specialists like Brunel Preservations are part of the PCA for a reason, as they stand for nothing but the best customer service.