Repairing and protecting properties for 40 years
The symptoms of rising damp are usually self-evident: blistering paint, loose wallpaper, bubbling or softened plaster, rotten skirting boards. Walls can be stained with a ‘tide-mark’ or the room or house can smell damp or mouldy.
Rising damp damages the structure of a building causing plaster to degrade and eventually fall off the walls. It will often result in rotten joinery and timbers which allows fungus to develop. This can be unhealthy for occupants.
If your home, or a house you are considering buying has some of these problems your first step should be a call to us. You may be interested in this PCA video on the subject.
Our friendly and knowledgeable survey team can talk to you about what you have found and make an appointment with you for one of our qualified surveyors to visit and carry out a survey.
Our site surveys, which include a comprehensive report, remedial specification and (if necessary) an estimate for repairs, are all provided without obligation. Our reputation for integrity and accuracy has been hard-won and because of that we never pay our surveyors commission. Whether you contract with us or not, they are paid the same.
Once you have reviewed the report, you may have some questions. Your surveyor will be happy to answer them for you.
As with our surveyors, our installation teams are employed directly by us. They carry ID and arrive on time, in sign-written vehicles. Most of them have worked for us for over fifteen years and the experience shows. They are thorough, clean and tidy. We never forget that this is your home and we treat it like your home. Our specialist partner sub-contractors also work to our code of practice. Although some aspects of the work can be dusty and noisy we use industrial standard dust barriers to reduce any mess to a minimum and we clean up properly once we are done.
Most of our damp treatments are offered with an APP guarantee and an insurance backed guarantee. Your report will carry full details of the scheme.
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Our surveyors are qualified to Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) standard. This is the industry standard accreditation administered by the Property Care Association.
No. This is one of the most pervasive myths in our industry. It is probably a hang-over from a time when the chemicals employed to treat damp and timber problems were solvent based. We switched to water-based chemicals about 25 years ago and there are no odour problems associated with these.