Why is Your Cellar Damp?

Why is Your Cellar Damp?

A cellar can be a versatile room, giving you extra storage space or an extra bedroom or living room. However, cellars frequently have problems with damp, especially if they’re situated on a flood plain, as are so many houses in West London. Cellar damp is a common problem in London homes, but with basement tanking…

The Cavity Wall: A Brief History

The Cavity Wall: A Brief History

Cavity walls are exactly what they sound like: a wall made up of two ‘skins’ with a gap in between them, known as a cavity. Cavity walls were designed to help prevent problems with damp. The cavity stops penetrating moisture entering the inside of a building, and helps the water drain back out of the…

3 Must-See Victorian Buildings in London

The Victorian era was a memorable time for architecture, and many of the decorative and elegant buildings constructed in this time are still standing today. London in particular is full of impressive Victorian properties. In West Kensington, for example, you can visit entire streets of Victorian buildings, including many which are listed. In Central London,…

Why is Your Guttering Leaking?

If you’ve noticed that you have damp on the walls in your home, there are a few different things that could be causing it. Penetrative damp occurs when water soaks through the walls to cause damp inside your house. An extremely common cause of penetrative damp is leaking gutters. It works like this: your guttering…

Mortar: Its Role In Your Damp Problem

Mortar is the stuff that goes between bricks to hold them together: without it, the building you’re in now probably wouldn’t still be standing. Mortar dates back thousands of years, and has been made out of many different materials throughout history, from mud to modern cement. Lime mortar has been used since the 4th century…

Concrete: A Brief History

Most of us think of concrete as a modern material, and associate it with buildings constructed from the 20th century onward, but in fact it’s been around for a long time. So if you think concrete has no place in a period home, we aim to persuade you to think again. Concrete is a material…