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What is Damp?

Dampness, often a huge issue for property owners, is essentially an unwelcome presence of excess moisture within the structure. In London, where dampness is a common concern due to its characteristic damp climate, comprehending the nature of this problem is vital. It all begins with recognising the various forms of dampness that can plague your property.
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Rising damp, the first type, typically occurs when groundwater ascends through the walls. This moisture carries salts from the ground, which can damage your interior walls over time. Penetrating damp, on the other hand, infiltrates your property through leaks, cracks, or poorly sealed areas, often due to external factors like heavy rain or compromised building materials. Lastly, condensation, though seemingly less menacing, can be just as troublesome. It results from warm indoor air meeting cold surfaces, leading to the formation of water droplets. Understanding these distinctions is fundamental as each type demands a specific approach for effective mitigation.

Signs That You Need Damp Proofing

Spotting dampness in your property at an early stage is crucial for addressing it effectively. Dampness manifests through various telltale signs and symptoms that are often hard to ignore. Keep a keen eye out for damp patches or discoloured areas on your walls and ceilings. These are clear indicators that moisture has permeated your property. Peeling paint or wallpaper, particularly in localised areas, is another sign. Musty odours can also be a red flag, indicating the presence of mould or mildew. When dampness is pervasive, you might even sense a general feeling of dampness in the air. Don’t overlook seemingly minor issues like blistering plaster or rotting wood; these could be early signs of a damp problem.

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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.

Damp Causes

To effectively combat damp, you must delve into the underlying causes of this issue. The root of the problem often lies in external factors. In London’s damp climate, heavy rain and high humidity levels can contribute to penetrating damp, where moisture infiltrates your property through cracks, leaks, or poorly sealed areas. Rising damp, on the other hand, occurs when groundwater is drawn upwards through porous building materials, bringing along salts that can damage walls. Condensation, a common issue in many homes, forms when warm, moist indoor air comes into contact with cold surfaces, leading to the formation of water droplets. By identifying the specific cause of dampness in your property, you can tailor your prevention and remediation efforts accordingly.

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Can Damp Make You Sick?

While dampness might initially seem like a mere aesthetic concern, it can pose significant health and structural risks to both you and your property. Mould and mildew thrive in damp environments and release airborne spores that can worsen respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies. Additionally, prolonged exposure to damp conditions can compromise the structural integrity of your property. It can weaken timber, corrode metal components, and lead to decay in various building materials. Ignoring these risks can result in costly repairs down the line, making it imperative to address dampness promptly.
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How to Prevent Damp?

Preventing damp begins with proactive measures that prioritise the maintenance and protection of your property. Adequate ventilation and insulation are essential to minimise the risk of condensation. Regularly inspect your property for any signs of leaks, cracks, or drainage issues, and address them promptly. Ensure that your property’s exterior is well-maintained, with seals, joints, and masonry in good condition to prevent moisture from infiltrating. By implementing these preventive steps, you can effectively shield your London property from the detrimental effects of dampness and safeguard its long-term health and value.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Damp in London properties can be caused by a combination of factors, including heavy rainfall, high humidity levels, poor ventilation, and structural issues like cracks or leaks. Identifying the specific cause is crucial for effective damp management.
Look for common signs such as damp patches, peeling paint or wallpaper, musty odours, and visible mould growth. These indicators can help you identify dampness in your property.
Yes, dampness can have health implications. Mould and mildew thrive in damp environments and can exacerbate respiratory issues like asthma and allergies. It’s essential to address dampness promptly to maintain a healthy living environment.
Yes, you can take preventive measures. Ensure proper ventilation, insulation, and regular maintenance. Address leaks, cracks, and drainage issues promptly. Maintaining the exterior of your property can also prevent moisture infiltration.
The choice depends on the severity and type of dampness. Minor condensation issues may be manageable with DIY solutions like improved ventilation. However, for more complex problems like rising damp or extensive mould growth, it’s advisable to consult professionals who specialise in damp treatment.

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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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