Diagnosis of Dampness in Buildings

FIND THE REASON FOR YOUR DAMP PROBLEM​

Damp Problems in a house can be due to a number of causes involving the presence of excess moisture along the walls, ceilings, or floors of the building. This can be anything from rain getting in the property to condensation settling on cold surfaces.

Moisture in buildings can be the cause of water seeping in through the leaking pipes, rain seeping in because of damage to the window frames or roof, and rising damp in ground floors or basement area of the house. In a home or building that has been newly constructed, damp, or molds can occur when the building is still drying out.

The presence of excess moisture inside the home or office environment could be a cause of condensation in the interiors. Condensation happens when the air inside the home is not able to hold moisture anymore. Drying clothes indoors, cooking, showering, and breathing with inadequate ventilation can result in the build-up of excess moisture in a given indoor environment.

Damp could also be caused by a combination of different issues. It is important to know how the damp has been caused before you find a solution to resolve it.

RISING DAMP

This is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building. This is most commonly caused by rain getting in from the outside, and can also be caused from condensation within the structure of the building.

WET ROT

This is a term used for timber that decays in high moisture levels. The term 'wet rot' refers to a variety fungal species, such as Cellar Fungus. The strength of the wood is lost as the fungi feed on the wood.

BLACK MOULD

This can also be known as Stachybotrys Chartarum. Black Mould is a growth that is commonly found in properties that suffer from excessive moisture in the air. These are typically humid and damp properties.

WOODWORM

Woodworm is the description given to the infestation of a wooden item. The most common wood-eating beetle is the Common Furniture Beetle. Holes in the wooden item are a common sign of Woodworm.

DRY ROT

Dry rot is a wood-destroying fungus that primarily impacts damp timber. The fungi digests the wood, which results in the wood becoming strong and stiff. The wood is usually darkly coloured and in a cracked condition.

CONDENSATION

The air in our homes contains moisture that is not visible. Condensation can then be caused by airborne water vapour condensing into a liquid. The liquid then accumulates on a surface and becomes condensation.

WE DIAGNOSE AND RESOLVE DAMP

 

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– JASON WHITHAM

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.

"A top quality job that stopped our damp”

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

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..

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.

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

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0114 360 3860

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Sheffield
S2 1AS
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