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DAMPWORK
PROPERTY CARE

Damp and Timber
Surveys in Sheffield

 

“A job well done!  Very professional and excellent service from start to finish.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Damp Work Property Care to my friends and family in the future.”

– JASON WHITHAM

RECOGNISING DAMP

Damp in properties is a rising concern for many homeowners, property developers, housing associations and listed buildings.  The diagnosis of damp can be difficult, as there are many different causes and each has an alternative solution.  This is where our Experts are here to help.

We believe that the only way to succeed is by keeping our customer’s close to our heart. We promise to dedicate our time and effort towards resolving your damp problem. Our strategy is to ensure that our customer’s needs are always always put first. Understanding damp is our passion and we offer professional, competent damp proofing courses tailored to your needs.

About us

DampWork resolve damp issues in buildings across Sheffield.

Our mission

To resolve all damp issues, all timber defects and guaruntee our work for 10 years

Our offer

  • resolve damp issues
  • resolve timber defects
  • eliminate pests and insects

How Long Does A Damp Survey Take?​

Most of the surveys take no longer than 3-4 hours. However, based on numerous factors like – the size of your property, structure, damp problem, typedamage, degree of the damage, etc. – it can take well over a couple days.

What is a Damp Report?

A damp report is usually asked for because of a previous survey. The report would be carried out because a valuer or building surveyor picked up on something a survey beforehand and they want further investigation. This would be carried out by a damp specialist. A damp report is usually needed in order for a Surveyor to take notes. A plan or drawing would be made of the property, alongside images during the survey. This would then be written into a report about the condition of the property.

Based on the initial contract and surveyor you choose, your damp survey can vary in lengths and details, however, both are just as important and useful.

"A top quality job that stopped our damp”

Well done to the dampwork team, resolved my condensation and mould issues for good
Jessica Bond

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Contact us today to find out how we can resolve your issues in relation to dampness in buildings

Working hours

Monday- Thursday :8:00-17:30 Hrs (Phone until 16:00 Hrs) Friday - 8:00-14:00
0114 360 3860

We are here

Unit C16 Manor Development Centre
Sheffield
S2 1AS

contact@dampwork.co.uk​

Plaster and paint deteriorating

Wallpaper becoming loose

Stains from water, salts and mould

Concentrations of airborne mould that once inhaled can cause serious health effects on humans and pets

External mortar and brickwork crumbling

Indoor air quality becoming very poor which in turn may cause respiratory illness in occupants of the property

What Are The Effects Of Damp On A Building?​

Damp is known to cause extreme damage to buildings. The unwanted moisture enables the growth of various fungi in wood, causing rot or mould, these can lead to health issues.

What Causes Damp?

There are several causes of damp that can allow these conditions to get a foothold in your home, therefore understanding how damp can be caused is important. Identifying potential problems and having a damp surveyor deal with them, is important before they weaken the structure of your home.

We Survey your property until we find the real problem!

What you must understand is that – damp is rarely a problem in itself. Most often than not – it’s there because of another underlying cause – i.e., leakage, drainage system, pipes, ventilation, etc. You can’t really get rid of the damp unless and until you fix the source.

It starts with a simple interaction. We tend to ask questions about the problems you’re facing – as well as the history of the house. Then, our experts go on their own to find the source cause of moisture in your house..

What you must understand is that – damp is rarely a problem in itself. Most often than not – it’s there because of another underlying cause – i.e., leakage, drainage system, pipes, ventilation, etc. You can’t really get rid of the damp unless and until you fix the source.

It starts with a simple interaction. We tend to ask questions about the problems you’re facing – as well as the history of the house. Then, our experts go on their own to find the source cause of moisture in your house..

How Do I Remove Mould?

Minor mould formations in common areas, including bathrooms, sides, and decks. This can be scrubbed away easily. However, if you are dealing with larger mold infestations, taking help from a professional damp proofing specialist is probably your safest option.

Overview​

There is no denying the fact that mould infestation can be extremely damaging to the overall structure of your home. In addition to causing significant damages to your building’s structure, mould can also cause adverse health effects on you and your family. Mould and mildew are usually caused due to the damp formation in your house or office. Damp occurs due to seeping in of excess moisture or condensation inside the home’s interiors from the walls, floors, and ceilings of the building. For the best results, damp proofing treatment from a professional damp specialist can help you in getting rid of mould & mildew in your building.

Mould is a major structural nuisance that can hamper your way of living –right from causing damage to the building’s structure to causing adverse health effects, it is vital to get rid of mould as soon as possible. Mould is also known to release microscopic spores that can cause allergic reactions, including a runny nose, irritation, sneezing, and so more.

Identifying Mould​

You can easily identify most types of mould that usually begin as tiny black spots, and eventually, grow into large communities. When you have a higher concentration of mould, you might as well start receiving an unusual, unpleasant odor.

You should check for damp carpets, wet wood, damp walls, and wet crawlspaces for detecting mould and mildew.

Once you come across mould formation in the wet, humid areas of your home, you should get the help you need from a professional damp specialist in your area. By inspecting mould and damp walls or ceilings in your home, the professional damp proofing specialists can provide relevant solutions for the same. This is where we are here to help.

Removing Large Mould Infestation​

Some of the preventive steps to avoid the build-up of mold infestations are:

Keep checking for wet areas or water seeping in through walls, floors, or ceilings
Prevent the formation of excess moisture in your home’s interiors
Ensure your home has the correct and proper ventilation
Make sure that you keep a check on mould and mildews in your home or office!

The damp survey process involves numerous equipment and closer inspections of your property. When performing a damp survey within and around your premises – our surveyors aim to tackle four different goals at a time:

What Does A Damp Survey Involve?

Introduction 16%

Our surveyor will ask simple questions regarding the problems you face and the history of the house. You can also provide instructions to pay more attention to specific areas as well as ask questions related to the timing, schedule, etc. 

External Inspection 29%

Any experienced surveyor can spot the signs of damp that are usually missed by a commoner. For example – gaps around the door and window frames, decaying render coatings, issues with rainwater goods, rising ground levels around the property, bridging, etc.

Internal 'Non-Invasive' Survey 33%

After the external inspection, the surveyor will have a pretty good idea of where to look for the problems. Yet to ensure speculation as well as to detect any hidden damp, they may survey all the walls and floorboards at multiple points. The equipment usually involves two damp meters and a thermal imaging device. All of which are used to create the damp profile of your building.

Survey Report 22%

Throughout all of the above steps mentioned, the surveyor will be taking several notes. They will then  provide you with a detailed survey report – along with the recommendations to solve any surfacing or hidden issues – if any. 

What is Damp?​

Damp is the most common problem to affect properties, especially older ones where the damp-proofing isn’t to the modern standard. While small mold patches or a little extra moisture in the home might not seem like a big problem, damp is an issue that can develop behind the scenes and lead to other serious conditions including wet, dry rot and woodworm infestation.

black mould to ceiling, missing insulation

The term ‘damp’ refers to unwanted moisture in the structure of a building, as either a result of intrusion from outside or condensation from within the structure. Damp can also be described as water ingress, which is the action of water infiltrating a property. Damp usually occurs due to some sort of defect in the building such as cracks in the render allowing water to penetrate the property.

Given the effects of extreme damp, we would always advise that if you identify problematic areas of damp in your property, then you should contact a specialist damp contractor to investigate the source of the water ingress into the building.  The specialists will then look into what potential damage has been caused and determine how to prevent water entry and penetrating damp causing any further damage. 

Any water coming into your home or a building is bad news. When water enters into the building it is referred to as penetrating damp, this is because the water penetrates through the walls to make its way into the property. Some of the effects of damp are damage to decoration, fungal decay, and long term issues with damp. Damp in your home can also have an impact on your health. Where dampness occurs, the source must be established and remedial action must be taken. The various types of damping are; rising damp, condensation, penetrating damp, structural damp.

There are five main parts to conducting a Damp Report:

This will detail the problems that you are faced by and the stance of the surveyor.

The different instruments, equipment used and the methods they used to carry out the survey will be listed within the report.  

The results of the survey will be listed within the damp report.  This will include a detailed description justifying the surveyor’s findings.

The surveyor will advise the best way to rectify the problems identified during the survey.  This could include one or more solutions.   The surveyor will advise the best way to resolve the problem, this could include just one or various different solutions. This could include plans to upgrade your décor and interior.

If the survey company or surveyor offers any of the recommendations, they can also include or attach a quote along with the report.

Contact us

Monday- Thursday :8:00-17:30 Hrs (Phone until 16:00 Hrs) Friday - 8:00-14:00
0114 360 3860

We are here

Unit C16 Manor Development Centre
Sheffield
S2 1AS

contact@dampwork.co.uk​