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Damp can plague a home and often results in a lengthy and expensive remediation process. By using effective damp proofing you can safeguard your property.

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Reviewed by Raffaele on 25/10/2019

Peter was a very pleasant guy who was meticulous and clearly takes pride in his work. There was no mess or additional cleaning to do once he had finished.

I'm a fully qualified plasterer & builder, working on old and new residential properties. We specialise in small & large extensions start to finish, new porches, full garage conversions, new bathroom refit’s and conservatory's. All plastering and building work undertaken. No job too big or small. Always work in the cleanest safest way possible. Top quality assured. Free quotes and advice.

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Reviewed by Alan on 2/3/2019

These two experienced and very knowledgeable craftsman took time at every stage of the work to make sure that the end product was what we wanted. Advice was given on the cheapest way to keep cost down and still maintain the high standard of work. Following the completion of my work these tradesmen have done building work at my daughter’s and also my mother in law’s homes. Very pleased with the work and would certainly recommend them for all types of building work.

We are a complete Building and Decorating services offering all trades and 12 months guarantee on all building work. Are highly skilled team look to give you quality workmanship at a competitive rate.

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Reviewed by Adam on 5/11/2019

Great job at a very reasonable price. Would use Robin again for sure.

In partnership with Preston Plastering Services. At AJMpro Plastering services we are dedicated to completing your project (large or small) with quality results, on time, and within your budget. We aspire to provide a service that exceeds clients expectations.

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Reviewed by Gavin on 12/3/2019

Damp proofing and re-plastering. Nice job. Reasonable price. Good guys who turned up when they said they would, and tidied up afterwards. Would use again.

Hy ,my name is Paul .I have an experience in more then 12 years in this industry , and all the jobs comes with invoice and guarantee. Plastering , Tiling , Rendering , Damp Proofing , Laminate

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Reviewed by Sigrid on 4/11/2019

Paul was very nice and did a good job & very quickly too. Would use him again for future projects

I am hard working and reliable, I have been in the business 18 years and my work is second to none. I pride myself on my excellent workmanship and being able to give my customers the best possible price. I guarantee all my damp proofing work. I will come out at a time to suit you for a free no obligation quote.

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Reviewed by Sally on 8/11/2019

Steve was punctual with his quote which remained the same at the end. He and his lads we’re courteous and got the job finished in time to a high standard.

Are you looking for a damp proofing specialist who works in and around the South East Then look no further than Abovewater Damp Proofing & Home Maintenance. Based in Surrey Abovewater Advanced damp proofing has a combined 50 years’ of experience in advanced damp proofing. We have evolved with changing technology to provide outstanding services to treat wet rot, dry rot and and every aspect of damp and timber decay in your home or business premises. We pride ourselves on our efficient, friendly and high-quality services. We take the time to visit each client, talk through their damp issues and concerns and advise on methods to treat the damp issue. We understand that damp proofing is a very expensive side of the building trade so we try to keep our range of cost of services as low as we can without compromising on work ethic work quality and company excellence! We will do our best to explain the problem and the choice of solutions and leave it to the client to decide the direction they would want to go. In order to promote best practice and stay up to date with the changing technologies, diagnostics and treatments for damp we possess the following professional accreditation: A full city and guilds accredited qualifications for all aspects of damp surveying and treatment. An accredited checkatrade company. An accredited Rated people company. CSCS - Construction Industry Scaffolding Record Scheme, to ensure safe and qualified for using scaffolding if the job requires it Skanska - BPS Phase 2 Scaffolder Kent Independent Training Services – Certificate for correct and safe use of portable power tools Our services include: - Damp Survey & Advanced Diagnostics - All Damp Proofing - Basement Waterproofing Tanking Systems. - Dry Rot - Wet Rot - Woodworm - Rising Damp - Water Proofing - Timber Preservation If you would like a free damp survey and quote, please get in touch; our friendly team will be happy to help you or arrange a date for a full, no obligation damp inspection.

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Reviewed by Dion on 5/11/2019

Eddie was polite and professional. Keith was a hard worker and did a great job. Would definitely recommend Eddie and his team :)

A professional qualified insured family run business who puts their customers first

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 10/11/2019

Great work ended up doing a few more jobs for us!

Universal Painters ltd have over 30 years of work experience in the Painting & Decorating industry, we are still a family run business providing personal service all the way through your job. We specialise in Exterior wall repairs and Exterior painting & coatings. we use a wide range of products like specialised renders, fibre reinforced paints and coatings, K-renders and traditional masonry paints. Farrow & ball, Dulux-Crown. We are Dulux registered decorators , City&Guild Qualified and fully insured. We are also PCA approved Damp proofer installers @ universal damp solutions. private and commercial work undertaken , insurance work undertaken. Call for a free quote with no obligation

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Reviewed by Kate on 29/10/2019

Gary and his sons were absolutely fantastic. They had a tough job as the house was covered in Virginia Creeper which they needed to remove before painting. The finish is brilliant, we're very happy and would highly recommend, Thank you Gary and family :)

John and Dan are local team very experienced in the building trade with a good reputation hard-working and honest we don’t take payment until the job is done and the customer is satisfied

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Reviewed by Jackie on 2/8/2019

Good friendly company. Pleased with the work they have done.

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Damp Proofing specialists - what you need to know

What is damp proofing?

Damp proofing protects your walls, flooring and ceilings from moisture or water intrusion. If damp gets into your home, it can cause unpleasant stains, and structural damage in more severe cases. You might hear terms like rising damp, penetrating damp or simply condensation mentioned – they all involve degrees of moisture penetration into a building.

Damp proof coursing essentially involves creating a waterproof layer, and the exact approach or materials used will depend on where the treatment is being applied. The first step to installing damp proofing is to identify the wall, ceiling or floor where the problem is, before drying it out to remove all residual moisture. Depending on the type of damp and the location, a damp proof membrane, injectable silicone solution or painted layer (essentially a barrier) can then be applied to keep moisture or water out.

Older buildings or those with specialist construction (such as timber-framed homes) will usually need more attention, but every structure will require some form of damp proofing. These treatments will help to prevent flaking plaster, stained walls or more serious structural degradation in the longer term. By correctly applying damp proofing, you can also preserve timber by blocking moisture and preventing outbreaks of dry and wet rot.

Cost of damp proofing

There are a number of causes for damp issues, and often one of the trickiest pieces in the puzzle is finding out which location (or locations) water or moisture is entering the building from. As the reasons can be wide-ranging, the costs to resolve damp issues can likewise vary significantly.

Excavating a soil layer to help a damp proof course do its job can be one solution. Fees for this type of work typically range from £200 up to £2,000 (if an existing garden, driveway or patio needs to be removed and then reinstalled).

For buildings that don’t have any existing damp proof treatment in place (or those where the current coursing is damaged or defective), installing a new membrane or injecting a silicone solution can cost from £300 (for a single wall) up to many thousands of pounds for an entire home.   

How to damp proof your home

The damp proofing treatment your tradesperson recommends will depend on the cause of damp in your home. A minor damp problem may be simple enough to remedy – fixing a broken roof tile, replacing guttering or just applying a specialist stain blocking paint.

But more intensive damp proofing will require your tradesperson to first locate the leak or other issue that’s creating the problem, so the appropriate solution can be installed. In situations where the ground level has risen above the damp proof coursing, soil excavations can solve the issue. Here it may be necessary to bring ground levels down to 15cm below the damp proofing.

Installing a damp proof membrane to a floor or wall is another common method of protecting against potentially damaging moisture entering your home. Damp proof membranes are typically polythene or plastic sheeting which prevent warm air meeting cold air inside your home, causing condensation, as well as blocking out rising damp from entering.

Damp proof membranes must be fitted underneath insulation material. It’s also important to make sure the membrane is carefully sealed and all joints and staple holes are covered. Where membranes aren’t possible, or cost effective, walls can also be damp proofed by drilling holes and then injecting a special silicone solution.

What causes damp?

One of the main reasons for damp in a home is the lack of a damp proofing course or a broken membrane, leaving you without protection from moisture. However, damp can arrive in your home for a number of reasons.

  • Plumbing – leaking internal pipes, even if it’s just small drops, can create wet patches over time. If the moisture doesn’t dry or drain away, eventually the affected wall, ceiling or floor will become saturated and damp will spread to surrounding areas.
  • Leaking gutters or downpipes – water spilling out of guttering, or seeping through cracks in downpipes might seem innocent enough, but splatter onto window sills or trickling water down onto exterior brickwork can cause water to accumulate and penetrate into internal walls or ceilings.
  • Holes in roofing or cracked chimney stacks – it might sound obvious, but it can be easily overlooked: damp on a ceiling or internal wall is often the sign of a broken roof tile or a cracked chimney stack. Rain will find its way through the tightest of spaces, and if the moisture doesn’t dry out it can cause a damp problem that will need addressing.
  • Moss and vegetation – moss on roofing and climbing plants on walls can soak up water to prevent surfaces from drying, as well as forcing water away from intended drainage points (like guttering and downpipes). Keep your roof and your walls clean and you’ll reduce your chance of encountering damp issues.

The qualifications your damp proofing specialist needs

Unlike some of the more common trades, damp proofing experts won’t necessarily need to hold a qualification or formal accreditation. The most valuable quality for a damp proofing specialist will be experience – for two reasons.

Firstly, the more experience they have, the more knowledge they can call upon to not only find the cause of your damp problem, but also the most effective way to resolve it. And secondly, it should mean they are able to provide a number of references from previous customers to prove their capability.   

Insurance for damp proofing

Damp proofing treatments may require extensive work to be conducted within your home, so it’s wise (even before an initial inspection of the damp issue takes place) to make sure whoever you hire has full public liability insurance.

It’s also worth investigating whether you may be eligible for grants towards your damp proofing work. For some properties in certain areas, government contributions may be available for work that improves a building’s energy efficiency.

Questions you should ask your damp proofing specialist

  • Are they specialists in damp proofing, rather than general building?
  • Can they provide examples of previous damp issues they have solved that are similar to your scenario?
  • Do they provide a warranty on their damp proofing work?
  • For the damp proofing of walls, would they recommend silicone injection or installing a membrane (and why)?

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