Damp-Proofing

Based in Brighton, Lewis-Bradbury are Damp-Proofing Specialists who also cover Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London. Lewis-Bradbury provides a range of services to remedy and prevent all types of damp - rising damp and penetrating damp.  

Rising Damp is water and moisture from the ground that enters a structure by capillary action. Water that enters or affects a building through any other route can move about in various ways but is not rising damp. Rising damp can only be cured by the installation of a new chemical damp proof course.

Rising damp can be quite common in some types of building however it is often misdiagnosed. It is important that the investigations into dampness and the correct remedial solutions are undertaken by a specialist company such as Lewis-Bradbury who can recognise, understand and correct the problem.

Decayed skirting boards, crumbling or salt stained plaster, discolouration and staining, decayed timber floors and peeling paint and wallpaper are all common when walls are affected by rising damp. These defects are not always evident but when they are evident a specialist inspection is always recommended.

Most types of masonry used in the walls of buildings will allow some water movement by capillary action; however, this is usually controlled by a physical barrier or damp proof course. If this physical barrier is absent, has broken down or is damaged then it is often possible to install a remedial damp proof course (DPC) to control water rising from the ground.

Water rising from the ground often introduces contaminating salts into the walls and plaster coats. This contamination will often result in a need for the plaster to be removed and replaced using specially formulated salt resistant plasters.

Lewis-Bradbury have the skills and experience needed to diagnose report on and repair buildings affected by rising damp.

Lewis-Bradbury can apply a range of remedial damp coursing products and systems including traditional solvent based systems as well as the latest micro emulsion and "gel" type water based products for more effective injection and penetration into the structure. All products and systems we use are able to deal with all types of rising and penetrative damp problems in construction and building materials and also include products and damp proofing systems that are suited to thicker walls and structures with voids or cracks.

 

For more information, or to arrange a survey and quotation please contact us.

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