Damp proofing offers a means of protecting your home from damp that may be caused by soil and earth touching the exterior of a property. Typically, when this occurs, the damp from the ground seeps through the brick walls and into the interior of the property. While it may start as a problem underground, proving difficult to spot, the damp problem can quickly spread upwards and into the main areas of the house.
It is better and more cost effective to prevent the damp from becoming a problem in the first place than to have to repair any damage to the property. As such, new homes have a protective layer fitted around the brickwork. This layer effectively creates a protective envelope right around the building and it works by preventing the damp earth and any water build up from coming in to contact with the foundations and the walls.
The problem with damp is that it can lead to the formation of mould and mildew. This problem can rapidly grow and as well as making the living environment a less pleasurable place to live it can also lead to illness especially in certain members of the family. The spores can impact on breathing so anybody with allergies, asthma, or breathing impairment can find the presence of damp to be a real health concern.
If damp is left too long it can also lead to major structural damage in the property. Weakened walls can soon show cracks and these can grow over time, as the damp atmosphere causes the bricks to change shape. Again, if this problem is left unchecked, the cracks can grow and the structure of the building come under real threat. If you notice damp it is important that you have it seen to as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing signs of damp in your home, you should act as quickly as possible. Call a professional damp proofing company who will be able to repair the damage that has been done and then install the protective envelope around your building to prevent any further instances of this potentially damaging problem from occurring.
If you can see signs of damp in your property, contact London-HomeCounties.co.uk to discuss your options and to request a free damp proofing quote for your property.