Damp Proofing in Liverpool
The aim of Abbey Damp Proofing is to provide specialist damp and timber surveys, reports and/or quotes along with information and guidance on how to cure rising damp, beetle infestation (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation. We carry out timber treatments and damp proofing in Liverpool for property owners, landlords, building contractors, property developers, owners of industrial properties and local housing associations.
In addition to undertaking specialist damp-proofing and timber treatments, additionally we offer damp and timber surveys for pre-purchase & re-mortgage requirements when dampness & timber defects have been highlighted in the home-buyers survey report.
Free surveys and plain English reports for damp proofing in Liverpool are handled quickly and efficiently. You will find that our care and commitment to you and a solution is apparent from survey right through to completion of works.
Our Treatment Guarantee’s
We guarantee all work undertaken, and can also provide underwritten guarantees that are related to the house, not the owner.
They are automatically transferable upon future sale of the property without any administrative requirement.
Dampness in your home may be broken down into three main categories;
Rising Damp Liverpool
Rising Damp is a problem where ground water is drawn upwards through direct contact with brickwork and mortar. Water rises by capillary action where inadequate or damaged damp proof courses are present in the walls throughout the home.
Rising Damp is often a blight which will have an impact external and internal wall structure alike. The source of dampness in this instance comes from where the bricks and mortar of a wall is direct contact with the ground. The dry upper parts of the wall acts like a wick and draws water upwards from the wet lower bricks.
Identifying Rising Damp
Damp patches to outer walls as demonstrated on right, considerable moss/lichen growth on outer brickwork, discoloration. Dampness may also be felt and seen on inner walls of the home, dampness and salt bands are common tell-tale conditions to look for.
Penetrating Damp Liverpool
Penetrating Damp takes place when defective roofing, brickwork, windows, high ground levels etc. allows for water to penetrate to the inside fabric of your house.
Defects to the outside construction of the building works: weak roofing, ingress of water through uncapped chimneys, especially unvented blocked chimney breasts. chipped render & brickwork, clogged or damaged guttering, broken & corroded downpipes, badly fitting or rotten door frames & windows, all of which allows for rain water to penetrate into the fabric of the building.
Identifying Penetrating Damp
Indications to search for when attempting to determine if the cause of problems is penetrating damp include; Discolouration of the inner decor with the presence of tide marks, salt deposits. Blown/blistered (hollow sounding) plaster. Wet and/or rotting skirting boards quite often exhibiting corroding nails, similar to floor timbers. Random damp patches to any elevation on the walls and ceilings. Dark mold on inside walls, window frames etc.
Condensation is easily the most common form of dampness and is usually the consequence of inadequate ventilation throughout the home. It is mostly noticeable on cold walls, cold floors and windows. A telling sign of moderate to acute condensation would be the appearance of a dark colored mould. The condition can also be found in floor voids and loft areas (a white mould), where, if left untreated, dampness can result in wet rot or dry rot. This occurrence is best avoided in both instances from a health and from a cost perspective.
There’s a lot of signals to indicate condensation presence over and above tolerable levels, black mould to window frames being the easiest for the typical homeowner to spot.
Woodworm Treatments Liverpool
Different wood boring insects favor different types of woods, which will help you to discover what kind of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while some like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. No matter the species, all of them will leave a number of signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
There are many tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation. They include:
- Small round exit holes within your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board.
- Fine, powdery dust around these holes (known as frass).
- Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
- Tunnels within the timber
- Weak and damaged timbers or flooring.
- Adult woodworm beetles emerging from hole within the timber.
- Dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation or on window sills
Dry Rot Treatments Liverpool
Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that is present in most areas of the world. Although it affects woodland timbers, dry rot is better recognised for its ability to destroy timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot
It is very important determine whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is down to the fact that dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread rapidly through a property. For this reason added measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be taken when treating dry rot in Liverpool over and above those needed when confronted with breakouts of other wood-rotting fungi.
Typical signs and symptoms of dry rot include:
- Wood darkens, cracks and shrinks in a “cuboidal” manner
- A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin frequently tinged with sections of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled just like a mushroom.
- White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium develops under humid conditions. ‘Teardrops’ may develop on the growth.
- Strands develop in the mycelium
- Fruiting bodies are a soft, fleshy pancake or bracket with an orange-ochre surface. The surface has wide pores.
- Rust red coloured spore dust commonly seen around fruiting bodies.
- Active decay creates a musty, damp odour.
Contact Abbey Damp Proofing
We carry out significant preservation works for properties at considerable risk from damp, decay and can also quote on problems taking place on your property. As a long established, accredited Damp Proofing company we pride ourselves on supplying fantastic support services.
We will send out an engineer free of charge to find out the trouble and provide a quotation for damp proofing in Liverpool. On agreement we shall carry out the work as specified, we can also allow in our quotation for complete reinstatement and redecoration if necessary. When you contact us for an appointment we shall supply you with a specific time and day that’s mutually convenient. Look no further than Abbey Damp Proofing should you need peace of mind when commissioning damp proofing in Liverpool.