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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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We specialize in service, repair, maintenance and installation of gas appliances and plumbing installations. Having worked with national companies such as Baxi Boilers and PH Jones - part of British Gas, we pride our self on high customer satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Stacey on 16/10/2018

I wanted my heating working as it was before you didn’t do that you did a temp fix without me knowing and didn’t tell me until after you did it how can I do anything about that you are not a bad person but don’t rate the work you did

Hi and welcome to B & D Building Construction. We have over 10 years experience in UK as professional builders and over 15 years experience in Building and Construction Industry .  In all this years we have done all sorts of building works such as house extensions , loft conversions ,new builds,house conversions (flats and studio flats ),internal refurbishments (new bathrooms , new kitchens , structural works ,plumbing ,underfloor heating, central heating , new boilers, electric works , rewiring , all types of joinery&carpentry works , internal and external painting and decorating ,plastering , ...etc ) , all exterior works (roofing , external insulation , rendering , paving , ...etc)  FOR ALL YOUR BUILDING NEEDS ,GIVE US A BELL.

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Reviewed by paul on 16/10/2018

excellent job by a good person! i would recommend this builder as he does first class work. very good.

GFM Plumbing is an honest, reliable and efficient sole trade business with over 10 years experience. We offer a wide variety of plumbing and heating and bathroom fitting services; from stopcocks to hot water cylinders. No job too small!

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Reviewed by john on 16/10/2018

A very personable young man who responded quickly to my advert. Timings for his 2 visits were a little hazy as he was clearly overworked elsewhere, but his workmanship for me was first class

My name is Sebastian Ptaszynski . I am multi skilled trade builder . I am professional electrician however my work and hobby is to repair the most odd and difficult jobs around properties . I have over 20 years of experience . I can literally build houses from foundation to the roof including high quality long lasting finish with low maintanance .

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Reviewed by Jamie on 16/10/2018

Seb was professional from start to finish and done a great job for us at a good price.

Aspray: Building insurance claims management. We carry out an assessment of the damage, negotiate a settlement with your insurer and carry out reinstatement works using vetted contractors to return the property to its pre-loss condition.

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Reviewed by Roy on 15/10/2018

This job was an insurance claim through water leaking through our bathroom ceiling. We decided to employ Sushma of Aspray and are only too glad we did because Sushma handled every detail of the work relieving us of all hassle with the insurance company, and it is through her that we ended up with a really first class finish to our bathroom. We have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending Aspray and Sushma.

DPM is a family run business with a passion for quality workmanship and real guarantees that you can rely on.We offer a free no obligation quote at a time convenient to you and in most cases if you accept the quote we can get the job done there and then.

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Reviewed by kirsten on 13/10/2018

Excellent job m removing and moving and fitting a new out door tap very happy with the job and would definitely recommend. Top tradesman - thanks Lee

A family run business professional with a personal touch. Established over 10 years work carries a 30 year guarantee with certification. All enquires are dealt with by a team of professionals ensuring the best possible service. All aspects of remedial works undertaken We are specialist in Damp proofing Rising damp Penetrating damp Condensation Mould growth Wet rot Dry rot We also provide a full homebuyers survey

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Reviewed by Tracey on 13/10/2018

Everything was explained fully and work was excellent. Thanks Jay

I have been plastering now for 24 years, eye for detail, so my knowledge of plastering is second to none. Perfectionist, honest, reliable, hardworking and competitive rates. We also do a decorating service, saving you the hassle of looking for a decorator after I have made you walls like new.

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Reviewed by Benjamin on 12/10/2018

Very professional and friendly, did a great job and at short notice. Would recommend.

Welcome to our page. We have been creating quality drives for over 15 years with 10 years guarantees. We cover all kinds of driveways, patios and landscaping, for example. Block Paving, Resin Driveways, Patios, Fencing, Turfing/Artificial Grass Tarmac, Flagging, Lift & Relay, Decking, Jet Washing & Roof Cleaning. Free quotation & advice. No job too big or too small. We take pride in all our work. Fully insured limited company up to £1M We cover all of Manchester and surrounding areas.

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Reviewed by Lee on 12/10/2018

These guys did a great job. Really pleased with the new lawn and our paths/driveway have never looked so clean! Thanks!

Quality building and roofing contractor with over 38 years experience From a single roof tile to a complete property refurbishment we have the experience and workforce to accommodate you in all of you projects. We offer advice and free quotations from our base close to Manchester City centre.

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Reviewed by Brian on 12/10/2018

Great job done same day Will be using again Deffo recomend

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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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