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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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HI everyone family run business .Experienced painter and decorator, kitchens fitter .we offer laminate ,solid flooring landlords offices school welcome domestic and commercial

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Reviewed by Abose on 7/11/2019

We were very happy with the outcome.. They were very professional in their approach and they tided up after themselves. They were fair with their pricing and I would use them again. Highly recommend.

A.K.M Render Systems are specialist in high preformance renders colour renders and Brickeffect render we do not have pushy sales men what you see is what you get we believe in giving fair prices for quality work all our work comes with 10 year guarantee

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Reviewed by peter on 28/5/2019

Friendly Team very reliable and professional did an outstanding job which we are very happy with. They were very tidy. We would have no hesitation on recommending this company to anyone nice work job well done

Smartways, taking pride in our work, ensuring all jobs are completed to the highest standard. Offering a clean, friendly and reliable service. Qualified tradesmen with 10 years experience. All interior and exterior projects and maintenance.

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Reviewed by Caroline on 15/6/2019

Hard working guys, I would recommend, they left the place very tidy and even helped me out my washing machine back in! did a good job of the floor and recommend good options for my flooring with a. variety of pricing for me to choose from.

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.

I have over 30 years experience in a wide variety of works associated within the joinery field.housebuilding, shopfitting, kitchen fitting, renovations, extensions, attic conversions, bathrooms, flooring, windows doors etc. I can offer multi trades to suit the customers requirements at a competitive price, with no scrimping on quality .

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Reviewed by Andy on 18/1/2020

Came out on a Saturday afternoon for a small job; sussed out the problem right away and fixed it cheaply

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 Mark on 2/1/2020

I've waited a few motns to add this rating as I wanted to see how the repairs would settle. Paul did a great job. He was responsive, reliable and the work quality appears excellent

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 John on 25/1/2020

Quoted efficiently, arranged to complete the work quickly and turned up on time. Easy to deal with, all very efficient and a good standard of work. Very likely to call again when required..

M A DampCure is a father & son family business, we have over 30 years experience in all aspects of Damp proofing including mould and Condensation control, Dry/wet rot remediation, Basement waterproofing and garage and basement conversions along with all joist structural repair work wether it be sub floor or roofline, we are fully trained in the diagnosis of fault and the application of the remedy in regards to every aspect of damp you may have in your home, being specialists we only work with damp proofing unlike general builders or plasterers that are renowned for miss-diagnosing damp issues, miss treating it and leaving the customer no guarantee and in a position where they need a specialist like ourselves to come out and rectify the issue. all work comes with a guarantee, the guarantee is granted by an independent body that insures our work, M.A DampCure is regulated by PAMDRY the market leader in the manufacture of damp remedial products. You can put your mind at ease that you have the best in the trade when you hire M.A DampCure to correctly diagnose, fairly price and execute the job in hand the right way the first time every time. WWW.MA-DAMPCURE.CO.UK Mike Allport Owner & founder

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Reviewed by Colin on 22/1/2020

Made contact & Will be viewing job shortly

I have been in the business of damp for over ten years , I cover all aspects of damp from rising and penetrating damp, we give a 20 year guarantee on all damp work. I have a good team that can cover all property maintenance throw out.

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Reviewed by labli on 17/12/2019

tony was very professional and co operative. very helpful and reliable. highly recommend him.

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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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