Damp proofing refers to any material or technique added to the floors or walls of your home with the purpose of keeping out damp. Damp is unsightly, and it can also be harmful. Fully functioning damp proofing is an important factor in creating a comfortable, healthy home environment.
Damp Proofing Protects Your Health and Your Home’s Structure
Damp homes are a fantastic environment for black mould and other fungi, but not a great one for you: fungal spores are a very common cause of lung, skin and immune system complaints. Some people only realise their home is damp after a prolonged period of niggling ill health. Damp also causes the fabric of your property to degrade, and without effective treatment the process of decline will eventually compromise its market value.
Your Home Probably Has a Damp Proof Course
A damp proof course is normally made from any material with water-excluding properties. It is typically incorporated into the floors and/or walls of the property when it’s being built, to stop ground or standing water seeping into the structure. In Edwardian or Victorian buildings—common in South London–the damp proof course is often made of slate, while in more contemporary properties it is usually a flexible polymer sheet.
But Damp Proof Courses Degrade Over Time
Although the damp proof course in your home was probably very effective in the beginning, if your house is old it could well have degraded over time. It could even have been overwhelmed by the more extreme weather we’re increasingly getting, which seems to hit West London especially hard. Either way, we can use our experience and damp proofing technology to restore the function of your home’s damp proof course.
We’ll Restore the Function of Your Home’s Damp Proof Course
London Damp Company has a repertoire of four different techniques to restore the effectiveness of your damp proofing. The most appropriate choice is selected by our damp proofing specialists according to your home’s age, its structure and the nature of your damp problem.
- Chemical Damp Course Injection is a water-repellent, pore-blocking material pumped into your walls.
- Flooring Membranes are polymer sheets placed over the damp area before an underlay is put down.
- Liquid Damp Proof Membrane is a liquid damp-proof barrier laid directly on top of the existing floor. Once dry it keeps the damp locked firmly below.
- DryBase Liquid Damp Proof Membrane is a blend of liquid polymers which, when dry, can resist vapours, gases and liquids.
As you can see, damp proofing is a highly technical discipline. To be successful it must be carried out by a damp proofing specialist. London Damp Company offer a 100% diagnosis and treatment guarantee for your damp problems. Call us today on 0207 127 6886.