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Rising Damp

Are you looking for a rising damp specialist in London? Rising damp can cause severe structural damage if left untreated. With our rising damp treatments, you can avoid the devastating effects that structural dampness can cause on your property.
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What Is Rising Damp?

A common misconception about rising damp is that it’s related somehow with plumbing fixtures like sinks being installed incorrectly. However, in most cases, rising damp is caused by a failure in the construction process. For example, a bridged damp proof course (DPC) or a missing DPC can allow water to rise up through your fabric and brick walls after absorption from surrounding ground-level surfaces occurred.

Generally, rising damp is first noticed by the damage it causes to building walls. Plaster and paint can become brittle or loose, while any wallpaper tends to crease and wrinkle due to moisture build up. Tide marks may be visible where ground water reaches its highest level on the walls.

Rising Damp Treatments

If your home has been damaged by structural dampness, don’t worry. We offer professional rising damp treatment to fix the damage and carry out waterproofing and tanking treatments to ensure that rising damp will not be an issue for you in the future. For structures where the damage is extensive, our experts can carry out full replacements repairs and offer you superior workmanship at a very competitive price. Contact us today to arrange a survey of your property. At London Property Preservation, we offer rising damp treatment and repair, and condensation control solutions to customers in South London including Chelsea, Fulham, Brixton, Streatham, Battersea, Clapham and the surrounding areas. All our work is carried out according to the expected codes of practice and standards.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

hettie hunter
hettie hunter
2024-06-13
Efficient, quick, honest, reliable and fantastic. Completely trustworthy and honest service. HIGHLY recommend. 👍🏻
Androulla Christofi
Androulla Christofi
2024-05-30
James was very punctual with an easy, friendly manner. He knew what the problem was as soon as he looked at it, did further checks to confirm this and clearly informed us on what steps would be taken to address the issue and what it would involve.
Christine Bell
Christine Bell
2024-05-28
Everyone was very pleasant, very helpful. Explained things I hadn’t realised. No complaints.
CT1980
CT1980
2024-03-21
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
2024-03-17
James arrived on time, was very thorough in his investigating and informative. We would definitely use again if need be.
PA Jones
PA Jones
2023-12-12
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
2023-11-09
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.

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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Get In Touch
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.
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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.
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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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The Signs Of Rising Damp

Recognising the signs of rising damp is crucial for early intervention and successful treatment. Rising damp typically starts at the base of walls and can be identified by the appearance of a damp mark up to one meter above ground level. Wallpaper may begin to peel, and plaster can feel soft or crumble to the touch. Often, salts from the ground are drawn up with the moisture, leaving a white, powdery residue on the surface. A musty smell is frequently present as the dampness encourages the growth of mould and mildew.

Timber floors may also become infested with wood-rotting fungi, leading to decay. Even more subtle indicators, like rusting nails or screws in the area, can point towards the problem. Early detection of these signs is vital, as rising damp can cause serious structural damage over time, and even impact the health of the occupants. Engaging professionals at the first indication can prevent the problem from escalating and preserve the integrity and value of the property.

When Should You Call An Expert About Rising Damp?

Calling an expert about rising damp is a decision that should be made without delay once signs begin to appear. The earliest indications, such as damp patches near the base of walls, peeling wallpaper, or a musty smell, should trigger immediate concern. These signs may seem minor at first, but they can rapidly escalate into more serious structural problems. An expert has the tools and knowledge to accurately diagnose the problem and create a tailored treatment plan. DIY solutions might provide temporary relief but often fail to address the root cause. The longer rising damp is left untreated, the more damage it can cause, potentially leading to costly repairs in the future. Therefore, calling an expert at the first sign of trouble is not just a wise decision; it’s an investment in the long-term health and value of your property. It ensures that the problem is addressed effectively and that preventative measures are put in place to avoid future issues.

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.
Plastering
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.

Tailored Rising Damp Solutions

Rising damp is a problem that can affect both residential and commercial buildings, but the approach to treatment may vary greatly between the two. Residential structures often require solutions that focus on preserving the comfort and aesthetic appeal of living spaces, while commercial buildings might have specific requirements related to safety regulations, functionality, or energy efficiency.

Tailored rising damp solutions address these distinct needs by customising the treatment to the particular characteristics of the building. In a family home, this might involve using materials and methods that maintain a cozy atmosphere, while in a commercial setting, the emphasis might be on speed, efficiency, and alignment with business operations. Professionals with expertise in both areas can assess the unique needs of the building and create a personalised treatment plan. This customised approach not only ensures effective resolution of the rising damp issue but also enhances the overall value and usability of the property, whether it’s a family residence or a commercial hub.

Tailored Rising Damp Solutions For Historic Properties

Historic buildings present unique challenges when dealing with rising damp. The age, architectural significance, and often delicate condition of these structures necessitate specialised solutions. Standard treatments might not be suitable due to the specific materials and construction methods used in older buildings, potentially leading to further damage.

Specialised rising damp solutions for historic buildings focus on preserving the integrity and authenticity of the structure. Experts in this field have knowledge of traditional construction techniques and the ability to work with older materials. They employ sensitive methods that respect the original design, using compatible products that won’t harm the building’s historic fabric.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rising damp is a form of moisture or water infiltration that occurs when groundwater is absorbed by porous building materials like bricks and mortar. It moves upward through capillary action, rising from the ground into the walls and floors of a building. The moisture carries with it soluble salts from the soil, which can cause damage to the structure and lead to various issues if left untreated.
The common signs of rising damp include damp patches or staining on walls, particularly at the base of walls and near the floor. These patches are often discoloured and may exhibit a tide-like mark. Additionally, you may notice peeling paint, blistering wallpaper, musty odours, and the deterioration of plaster or skirting boards. In severe cases, there might be visible salt deposits on the affected areas.
Homeowners and property owners can perform a simple visual inspection to identify rising damp signs, as described above. However, it’s best to consult a qualified building surveyor or damp specialist who can conduct a thorough investigation. They may use moisture metres, hygrometers, and borescope cameras to assess the extent of the dampness and determine the underlying causes.
Untreated rising damp can lead to serious structural problems in the long run. It may weaken the building’s foundations, cause timber decay, and deteriorate structural elements like walls and floors. Additionally, prolonged exposure to damp and mouldy environments can pose health risks to occupants, such as respiratory issues, allergies, and other health problems.
To treat rising damp, a common method involves installing a damp-proof course (DPC) within the affected walls. This can be achieved by injecting a chemical DPC or installing a physical DPC, such as a plastic or metal barrier. In severe cases, replacing damaged plaster and restoring the affected areas may be necessary.

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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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