WHAT IS DAMP?

Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, if you notice damp in your property it can be a concern. In order to ensure the problem is dealt with properly it is essential that the issue is diagnosed correctly. There are many causes of damp, some being costlier to fix than others. As such, before proceeding with any treatment a surveyor should be instructed to carry out an inspection to provide the right solution for you.

At Avant Garde, we specialise in treatments for all types of damp related issues. The most common being rising and penetrating dampness and we can provide rising damp quotes as necessary.

RISING DAMP

Rising damp is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed types of damp affliction in properties and is often a problem found in older buildings – this is particularly common in London. It is common in period properties, which may have been built with an original slate DPC, which breaks down over the years. Even in newer buildings if a DPC has not been installed correctly, or is coming to the end of its life, you may find yourself requiring remedial works to renew it.

SYMPTOMS OF RISING DAMP

  • Staining/salting at low levels of the affected wall, up to one meter in height
  • Skirting board decay
  • Springy floors (caused by sub-floor joints becoming decayed)
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Plaster de-bonding
  • A musty smell

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is important to act now, as leaving the problem untreated can result in further issues – such as dry rot. Investigations into rising damp should be carried out by fully trained and competent surveyors with experience identifying rising damp problems.

At Avant Garde Damp Solutions, we recommend that homeowners only choose surveyors accredited with the C.S.R.T qualification, so they are capable of recognising and understanding the specific damp problem at hand. The good news? We are able to offer a service whereby we arrange for a qualified surveyor to attend to your property and assess the problem. Once diagnosed, our experienced team is able to provide any rising damp quotes for treatments required.

PENETRATING DAMP

Penetrating damp is a problem that can be seen in properties that have sustained structural damage or have undergone little maintenance to gutters and roofing. The cause of penetrating damp should be investigated and solved prior to repair work taking place. Our technicians have been trained to be able to find and treat the cause of penetrating damp in your home, ensuring that your property is protected against further water ingress.

SYMPTOMS OF PENETRATING DAMP

• Walls and ceilings with obvious staining/spoiling
• Wet patches that get worse with rainy weather
• Mould growth on affected areas
• Plaster damage

If you notice any of the above symptoms in your property, you should initially take measures to check that there are no leaks, blocked gutters or other areas where rainwater is able to enter the building. Coupled with this, it is advisable to instruct a surveyor with a C.S.R.T accreditation to attend and correctly diagnose the issue.

TREATING DAMP

As you will no doubt have gathered from the above information, water can enter your property due to numerous causes and, if left untreated, can lead to further problems. Our experienced team will assist in treating your damp problem using the most recent and effective methods of treatment. If you notice damp patches, peeling wallpaper or flaking paint, get in contact with our experienced team as soon as possible. We will be happy to offer help and advice on the next steps. All our work comes with an industry standard guarantee, so you can have the peace of mind that your property is protected.

If you are looking for quotes to treat rising damp or penetrating damp in the London area, please contact our team today to discuss your needs.

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