Damp Proofing – Damp & How It Can Affect You

August 8, 2018

Damp Proofing – Damp & How It Can Affect You – Who are Brunel Preservations?

Damp Proofing

Damp Proofing

Damp proofing is a vital service for those building owners who are looking to preserve their property for as long as possible. Damp proofing is a necessary service to stop moisture problems/conditions within a home. Damp is a huge problem across the UK, with so much rainwater in various seasons, we’re often faced with a multitude of difficulties if our homes are not appropriately damp proofed.

If nothing is done to eliminate damp then it can cause huge problems for not only your home but your health too. Damp is a natural inhibitor of mould, allowing it to spread across your home. Mould releases airborne spores that end up being inhaled. These spores are small enough to be passed through our lungs which can cause huge health problems. Over 42% of all asthma sufferers can be attributed to mould.

Brunel Preservations are one of the leading companies in Bristol offering timber treatment, waterproofing, damp proofing and structural repairs. Brunel fix, treat, repair and replace every one of these conditions on a daily basis. We are an independent family firm who has provided timber treatments and damp proofing in Bristol for a number of years. We see homes ruined by problems like wet rot and damp every day, so Brunel is proud to offer cost-effective solutions for you in order to protect your home. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about Damp Proofing Bristol

What is damp?

Damp is a very common problem that most properties across the UK will suffer from at some stage. If untreated, damp can be extremely damaging to the structure of your home. Damp is caused by excess moisture that isn’t able to escape from your home. Rising damp is a common issue in many homes since condensation is able to rise through brick & mortar. Moisture is then allowed to settle into various materials. This damp if left, will damage your health as damp can lead to mould. Mould spores are very harmful to people so it’s important to remove any type of mould from your home.

Do I need damp proofing?

Damp proofing is a long-term solution to prevent gradual decay that is caused by moisture. Both walls and foundations are incredibly porous so it’s hard to prevent issues like damp and excess moisture without the use of damp proof courses like waterproof membranes. Damp proofing will prevent water from passing through to the inside of your home, therefore stopping any conditions like mould or damp. Damp proofing will also prevent excess moisture from causing issues lie dry and wet rot, which is both caused, by too much moisture in the building. The moisture attracts fungi, which is floating in the air that can then go on to damage and destroy the structural timber in your home. If you are concerned about damp in your home and are considering damp proofing in Bristol then contact Brunel Preservation today and speak to one of your expert surveyors today. Don’t let damp ruin your health and your home. Call Brunel Preservation today on 0117 953 5383

How do I get rid of damp?

If you are suffering from damp, condensation or mould problems in your home or rented property then Brunel Preservations are here to help.

Our trained surveyors will check your property by testing humidity levels within your home. They will then highlight areas of concern and provide you with a detailed report that is bespoke for your individual home. We can then use the following information to identify the problematic areas, which have been affected by damp and then work to remove all sources and causes within your property.

Why do I need a damp survey?

In order to determine the problem in the home, you are going to need a damp survey. A damp survey carried out by a trained and accredited surveyor is the only way to fully identify potential problems in your home. If there are any hints of damp or mould then the surveyor will be able to devise an effective solution to rid your home of damp in your home. Damp can cause serious damage, to both your property and your health, so if you have any concerns about damp in your home, get an independent surveyor like Brunel Preservation to advise you on whether you need a damp survey in Bristol.

What is a damp-proof membrane?

The damp proof membrane is a membrane sheet that is applied to prevent moisture transmission to the rest of your home. The membrane is made up of a polyethene material that is fitted at a low level to stop effectively stop rising damp. If you are in need of damp proofing in Bristol then Brunel’s damp proof course solutions are the most cost-effective solution you can get in the Bristol area.

Are you a member of any trade organisations?

We have been members of the Property Care Association for over 30 years. The PCA was formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association. It guards and maintains professional damp proofing services making sure that

We are also members of the Guarantee Protection Trust. This means we can offer fair, transparent and insured guarantees for our work and your property. (Even if you sell or move on).

Damp Proofing Bath

Damp Proofing Bath

What is condensation damp?

Condensation damp is a big problem in most of the homes that we visit & survey. Condensation is the most common type of damp that we experience, most likely making it the damp you’re seeing in your room. With people spending more and more time indoors, we are seeing a rise in moisture/condensation in homes which is what is causing this type of damp. From showering to boiling a kettle, there are a lot of ways that excess moisture can be imbued into a home. It’s this type of indoor activity that is kickstarting condensation damp. There are few things you can do at home to stop condensation from building up, from opening your windows regularly as well as adding additional air vents. These small things will allow the excess moisture in your home to escape. This will stop damp in its early stages however if damp is left to progress then you’ll have to employ more invasive methods. This type of damp is one of the most unassuming forms of damp since most people think they’ll be able to solve it by opening a window.

Brunel’s local surveyors are trained comprehensively on the types of damp as well as the causes so that they can quickly find the problem when they survey your home. If it’s a case of rising or penetrating damp, they will come up with an informed plan of action in order to stop the damp in your home. Brunel is also a member of the Property Care Association, formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association. It guards and maintains professional damp proofing services.

If your home is suffering from damp then you need to consult a professional, as the problem will just get worse and worse. Most often or not, damp is literally a deep-rooted problem within the structural aspects of your home. In new builds, most condensation damp issues are from the moisture that has been trapped in during the build of the property. Most homes will not have a damp proof course which means rising damp is also a worrying prospect.

How can damp and mould affect my health?

  • The prospect of health complications caused by damp is the main reason why it is so important to consult a professional when it comes to finding out what is causing the damp in your home. Guesswork isn’t accepted when it comes to the health of the home and the people living in it. Damp nurtures mould, which can damage your health in very harmful ways. To flaring up skin conditions like eczema to dermatitis to causing further complications with asthma, mould & the airborne spore’s that spawn from it are a problem if left to linger in your home.
  • People living in damp or mouldy homes are subject to an increased risk of health problems caused by damp, from lung infections to rhinitis, asthma and induced dermatitis. It’s clinically proven that people living in well insulated & damp proofed homes have less chance of being admitted to hospital with any of the conditions above should it require medical attention.
  • In Europe, an average of 50% of all indoor environments where humans live, work & play have some form of the damp condition. Humid walls can also burn your money since it causes temperature drops which means people hike up their heating which increases their energy bills. Turning up the heating will also create better conditions for the mould to grow so this is a huge mistake which is unavoidable as no one wants to be living in a cold home during the winter months we face in the UK.
  • The professional surveyors at Brunel Preservation Specialists help find out what is causing the damp in your home as well as providing you with a solution to get rid of damp. This can be provided by the expert team. Aspects like humidity levels will be analysed to find the cause of the problem and then a plan of action will be devised to tackle the problem at its source.
  • The team at Brunel are also a great solution for overall structural repairs that might be required to rid your home of damp since a lot of structural aspects of timber & roofing can be affected by damp. Brunel have specialists that can replace roof tiles as well as carrying out wall tie work to help fortify old weakened timber & cracked walls. Brunel are members of the Wall Tie Installers Federation, which ensures that all its members work to a strict code of practice and provide a 30-year guarantee on work and materials.

Does damp cause dry & wet rot?

Damp can be a big contributor to the growth of dry rot & wet rot, which is incredibly damaging to your home. The fungi spores that cause this type of rot are in the air waiting for a source of moisture to latch onto. When there is excess moisture in your home, the spores will eventually find the dampness and begin cultivating. Both dry and wet rot can be devastating to structural timber so it is incredibly important that you stop damp before it can host fungi. If you are worried about having wet rot or dry rot in your home in Bristol then please contact us and we can provide you with an affordable solution

How to stop wet & dry rot?

Damp problems can be caused by a multitude of issues. From leaking gutters to broken roof tiles, to poor bathroom plumbing, any source of excess water that is stagnant in your home will aid the growth of mould and damp. Damp will contribute to the cultivation and growth of wet and dry rot, which is why the first step of stopping the rot in your property is to identify the source of the excess moisture in your home that is causing the wet or dry rot.

Our workers then identify the full extent of the damage caused by the dampness & rot. We take a look at the infected timber in the building, which then has to be repaired or replaced in order to restore the structural integrity of the building. Our workers then treat surrounding timber with fungicides to stop further growth of the rot, essentially neutralising the area.

Both dry and wet rot is incredibly damaging and can ruin a home very quickly. They both require trained surveyors and workers to identify and remove so that any further damage is avoided and prevented. If you are looking for preventative measures for your property, then damp proofing measures like waterproof membranes are ideal for you. Brunel preservations have been working in the Bristol area for a number of years, providing residents with sound damp proofing and timber treatment.

What is woodworm?

Woodworm is a general term used to describe a variety of beetle larvae that eat their way into timber. The most common beetles that cause woodworm are the Deathwatch Beetle and the Common Furniture Beetle. The beetle larvae prefer timber with a very high moisture content so they are just as likely to eat through newly placed timber as well as old.

You can identify woodworm very easily by spotting a series of small holes in your wooden furniture as well as timber. If you do spot this tell-tale sign then don’t fear as Brunel offer timber repairs in many forms in order to suit your needs. We can offer resin repair solutions that patch up the rotted/missing patches in your structural timber, which restores the structural integrity of the timber. Brunel are also members of the Guarantee Protection Trust which means we can offer fair, transparent and insured guarantees for our work and your property (even if you sell or move on) – If you are in need of damp proofing, timber treatment or rot treatment then contact Brunel on 0117 953 5383 or visit our site on Damp Proofing Bristol. We also serve the Bath area, providing the same quality damp proofing service we always have to all BA postcodes. For more information about this service, visit our page – Damp Proofing Bath