Of all the good things the UK has, it is not known for having the best weather, and up and down the country our family homes and business properties take the brunt of it year in year out. From damp and cold to blistering, pavement cracking heat, the UK sees it all, and that’s just in the summer months! Come winter, our homes are subjected to torrential rain, snow and long periods of wet, damp weather. Even the toughest building materials can start to suffer under such extreme weather conditions, and Askerswell homes are no exception. However well-built or good the quality of a property, damp can infiltrate the structure and cause damage and discomfort. Damp is a serious risk that, in the worst circumstances, can leave a property unfit to live in.
The defence against damp in a property is good quality damp proofing. Askerswell homeowners should read on for a look at the importance of damp proofing and damp proofing repair.
What is Damp Proofing?
Askerswell homeowners have probably heard the term damp proofing, but it often isn’t until you get a problem that you need to find out what damp proofing actually is! The most common form of damp proofing Askerswell properties will have is known as the Damp Proof Course (DPC) which is a membrane or layer build into the structure of the property to stop moisture rising up into the fabric of the building and causing problems or damage. Modern building regulations require all new builds to have damp proofing. Askerswell homes will usually have a bitumen or plastic membrane set into the mortar of the wall, which works as an effective damp proof course, and this must be at a minimum of 150mm above ground level.
When Can Problems Arise with Damp Proofing?
Askerswell homes, especially new builds are likely to not have any problems with their damp proofing for many years, but problems can occur in older properties or when external factors affect the way the damp course works. The bitumen or plastic membrane that makes up most damp proofing, Askerswell or elsewhere, will last a long time, but they can be damaged by structural shifts or external damage, and this can give paths for the moisture to bypass the damp proofing and affect the property higher up. The other risk to damp proofing Askerswell homeowners should be aware of is changes to external ground levels by gardening, landscaping or natural forces. If the external ground layer gets close to or even above the damp proofing, Askerswell homeowners may find themselves getting excess moisture or damp damage.
Is There a Solution for Damp Proofing?
Askerswell homes that are suffering from damp or moisture damage may need their damp proofing repairing or replacing. Bio-Kil can provide all the damp proofing Askerswell customers need, and have specialised in all aspects of damp control, sub floor ventilation and timber treatment for over 30 years. Whatever the problem with damp proofing, Bio-Kil are here and #ready to help!