There are several signs that a building may have rising damp :
- Tidemarks along the base of the brickwork internally or externally.
- Flaky plaster or stained, peeled wallpaper.
- A band of salt that’s drawn out of the plaster or rendering.
- Crumbling plaster at low level.
If you spot any of these symptoms, get in touch to investigate what’s causing the problem and whether you need to take action.
A1 Building Services visits each property to inspect the areas of concern.
Clients are provided with a detailed report on all findings, treatments available, and a breakdown of costs should any remedial works be required.
As a specialist damp contractor you can be assured of the problem being correctly diagnosed and a suitable specification of treatments being provided to resolve the damp problems.
A professional survey can save you needless worry and expense.
If you suspect your property has rising damp please request a survey, or if you have any questions feel free to contact our expert team first for advice.
Signs of Penetrating Damp:
- Wallpaper peeling off, plaster falling off walls, ‘blown’ plaster.
- Internal plaster stained.
A1 Building Services visits each property. Clients are provided with a detailed report on all findings, treatments available, and a breakdown of costs should any remedial works be required. The source of the dampness is established and defects found i.e blocked gutters, leaking pipes, or uncapped chimney pots, are identified in the report, and rectified to ensure the dampness does not re-occur.
It is sometimes necessary to remove internal plaster to inspect structural timbers within the area i.e. timber lintol and floor/ceiling joists. Sometimes no internal works are needed as the walls may dry out naturally over time once the source of moisture has been rectified. If the plasterwork has been affected, and it is appropriate, it is removed and re-instated using our specialist waterproof rendering system. If required we also skim over, for a plaster smooth finish ready for redecoration.
A long term guarantee is provided for these specialist damp works.
If you think your property may have penetrating damp, please request a survey or feel free to contact our specialist team first for advice.
Signs of Condensation:
- Black Spot Mould (Aspergillus Niger) can develop where dampness has affected the inside of a house.
- Water running down windows, walls, or off pipework.
- Stained curtains that have come into contact with condensation.
- Decayed timber around window frames or doors.
A1 Building Services visits the property and provides you with a detailed report on all findings, treatments available, and costs.
Typical remedies for condensation treatment include increasing background heat, creating additional ventilation by installing airbricks and air vents, or placing fans in high moisture areas plus reducing moisture generation (e.g. by avoiding drying clothes indoors).