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Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is a prevalent concern for London property owners, posing a threat to both the aesthetics and structural integrity of buildings. This type of dampness occurs when water infiltrates a structure through its walls, ceilings, or floors, often due to external factors compromising the building’s protective barriers. Rainwater, for instance, can find its way into a property through damaged roofs, poorly maintained gutters, or cracks in the walls. Unlike rising damp, which originates from the ground, penetrating damp requires a proactive approach to identify and address its causes effectively.

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The Problems Caused by Penetrating Damp

Addressing penetrating damp is crucial due to the array of issues it can cause. Visible problems include the development of unsightly damp patches on walls, water stains, and damage to plaster or paintwork. If left unchecked, these issues can escalate to more severe structural damage, affecting the building’s stability. Additionally, the damp environment created by penetrating damp is an ideal breeding ground for mould, posing health risks to occupants. Promptly tackling these problems is essential not only for the property’s aesthetics but also for maintaining a safe and habitable space.

The Causes of Penetrating Damp

Understanding the root causes of penetrating damp is crucial for effective treatment and prevention. Common culprits may include a damaged roof, where missing or broken tiles allow water to seep in. Faulty guttering and downpipes can redirect water toward the building instead of away from it. Cracks in walls, particularly those exacerbated by variable weather conditions, provide additional entry points. Porous building materials and poorly sealed windows can also contribute to the problem. Identifying the specific cause enables targeted solutions to rectify the issues and prevent recurring instances of penetrating dampness.

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Why Choose Us

London Property Preservation is a local and trusted firm in the areas in and around London. With a strong passion for helping our customers combined with our great attention to detail, you can rest assured that your property is in the right hands.
Damp Solution Specialists
Our team of staff is highly knowledgeable when it comes to finding and removing dampness from your home. With many years of experience in providing damp solutions and proofing services, our team is the go-to company for any damp problems.
A Family-Run Business
London Property Preservation is a close-knit, family-run business of which we are openly proud. With open communication between the team, our services are seamless, efficient, and reliable.
Solutions That Are For The Future
At London Property Preservation, we understand that dampness can be a reoccurring issue if the root issue is not amended effectively. Our mission is to protect our customers’ homes from dampness, in the present as well as the future.

What Our Customers Say

James was very professional, kind and courteous! His expertise helped put our minds at rest regarding our enquiry. Should we require anything further in the future we will not hesitate to contact James and Co.
Cliff Tate
Cliff Tate
James arrived on time, was very thorough in his investigating and informative. We would definitely use again if need be.
PA Jones
PA Jones
We have used London Property Preservation Ltd on a couple of occasions recently and have had a very positive experience. Everyone is so helpful and polite, appointments kept and any concerns always answered immediately. The work that was carried out was done to a very good standard and the properties have been left clean and tidy at the end of the job.
Brijesh Patel
Brijesh Patel
Excellent customer service from Denise from the start to the end. Work was done to a high standard & also would like to mention surveyor James who pinned pointed the cause of damp. Thank you all.
Dilith Nanayakkara
Dilith Nanayakkara
LPP, specifically Jim, provided exceptional service, promptly resolving my damp issue. Highly recommended for their professionalism and expertise.
Richard Chapman
Richard Chapman
Must say thanks to Jim and his team for doing a fantastic job on my dry rot issue. They were always on time and very courteous. The work was of a very professional quality. Will definitely hire them again.

Our Process

The team at London Property Preservation understands that finding dampness in your home can be a worrying and distressing time. This is why we put great importance on providing a service that is efficient, simple, yet still accurate and reliable.
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The first step for anyone worried about dampness in their home is to get in touch with a friendly member of the team. From there, they can help you arrange a free damp survey, based on your date and time requirements.
A Specialist Will Survey & Investigate Your Home For Damp
Once the damp survey has been scheduled, one of our damp specialists will be around on the specified date to begin the investigation process. This will be as hassle-free as possible, to ensure there are minimal disruptions in your home.
A Plan For Damp Removal & Damp Proofing Will Be Put Together
After our specialist knows exactly what work needs doing and what the cause of the dampness is, they can then put together a plan. This will go through what method of damp proofing needs to be taken, as well as extra recommendations to avoid any future issues.

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Identifying Penetrating Damp

Recognising the signs of penetrating damp requires a keen eye for both interior and exterior indicators. Internally, damp patches on walls, blistering paint or wallpaper, and a musty odour are common red flags. Externally, inspect the roof, gutters, and walls for any visible damage or vulnerabilities. After heavy rainfall or storms, it’s advisable to conduct thorough checks to catch potential issues early. Regular vigilance and prompt action upon observing any symptoms are essential in preventing the escalation of penetrating damp problems.

How to Treat

Effectively treating penetrating damp involves a comprehensive approach to address both symptoms and causes. Start by repairing any external defects, such as fixing leaks in the roof, clearing gutters of debris, and sealing cracks in the walls. Internally, damaged plaster or paint should be replaced to restore the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the affected areas. Improving ventilation is crucial to preventing the recurrence of dampness. Applying waterproof coatings to exterior walls provides an additional layer of protection against water ingress. Seeking professional advice is recommended, as they can conduct a thorough assessment and recommend a tailored treatment plan for long-term effectiveness. Regular maintenance and proactive measures are key in ensuring the sustained health of the property and preventing the reappearance of penetrating damp.

Types of Damp Proofing

Basements are more prone to receiving dampness than other areas in a home, and therefore, basement waterproofing is a popular process for the team here. Rejuvenate your basement into a usable or living space by damp proofing.
Our plastering and replastering services allow your walls to be revived from dampness. There are many possible causes for dampness occurring on your walls, which is why we put such a strong focus on providing leading-quality plastering services.
We specialise in providing solutions and treatments for any wood or timber surfaces that are struggling with dampness. Utilising the latest techniques and equipment, you can rest assured that London Property Preservation will take care of your dry rot treatment requirements.
Rising damp, although rare is very important to treat sooner rather than later. This type of dampness can cause structural damage in the long run and should be looked at by professionals as soon as possible.
Basements are more prone to receiving dampness than other areas in a home, and therefore, basement waterproofing is a popular process for the team here. Rejuvenate your basement into a usable or living space by damp proofing.
Condensation is one of the biggest causes of dampness in UK homes, which is why condensation control solutions are crucial if your home is struggling with the correct levels of ventilation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Penetrating damp occurs when water enters a building from external sources, leading to dampness and potential damage. It differs from rising damp, which originates from the ground. Identifying the specific type of damp is crucial for effective treatment.

If left untreated, Penetrating Damp can lead to visible issues such as mould growth, damp patches on walls, and damage to plaster or paintwork. It can also compromise the structural integrity of a building, posing risks to both the property and its occupants.

Penetrating Damp is often caused by external factors, including damaged roofs, defective guttering, cracks in walls, and faulty window seals. External elements such as heavy rain and strong winds can exacerbate these issues.

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At London Damp Solutions, we invite you to connect with us for all your damp-proofing needs. Our team of experts is ready to provide tailored solutions, ensuring your property remains safe and dry. Whether it's damp surveys, dry rot treatments, or plastering, we are just a call or message away. Don't let dampness compromise your property's integrity. Reach out today for professional assistance.

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