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An Introduction to Damp Proofing for Period Properties

There’s no getting away from it – although period properties are charming, beautiful and welcoming, they do often require a good deal of maintenance to keep them in a liveable condition. From small superficial jobs to large scale projects such a damp proofing, it’s wise to spend some time on your period property to develop it to a standard you’re not only happy with, but that’s safe and that’ll allow it to gain in value.

Survey the Property

If you’re a new owner of an old period property, it’s wise to invest in a detailed survey that can be carried out by someone who has an affinity for period properties. It’s a good idea to have a rough idea of the type of damp proofing work that needs to be carried out before you dedicate your time to renovation.

Consider the Source of the Damp

You’ll need to know where the damp is coming from – and sometimes damp is likely to be the problem that’s most often misdiagnosed. Check ventilation and heating systems, and also check if cement render has been applied to the exterior walls as well as the type of flooring that’s been put in place around the property. The type of damp proofing that is best implemented for your period property depends on the type of damp and where it’s coming from.

The Right Techniques

It’s important to use the right products when damp proofing your period property. Using the right techniques is also important - there are a number of things to bear in mind in older properties that wouldn’t be an issue with new builds. Understanding your property is the key to the process – and knowing what kind of wear, decay and structural movement has occurred in your building is vital. When it comes to damp in older houses, make sure you take steps to treat the cause rather than the symptoms.  Sometimes, it helps to remove adjacent trees or vegetation from outside walls.

 The Next Steps

After the symptoms have been identified and the cause of the damp recognised, it’s important to take the right steps in introducing a damp proofing specialist to your development. There are things you can implement, but ultimately if the damp remains then a group of industry professionals such as Permagard will be able to guide you through the next steps.

For more information, our technical experts are able to advice on a range of waterproofing and damp proof injection. We’d be happy to help – contact us on 01179 381 596.

Alternatively, contact us through our website: http://www.permagard.co.uk/contacts/

 

Read our full guide to Damp Proofing Period Properties