Damp and Timber Treatments
Treating properties suffering from damp and timber
Robinsons Property Services Ltd are available for all your damp and timber problems, we are based in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield and cover all of West Yorkshire.
Our surveyors are Damp and Timber qualified to C.S.R.T and C.S.S.W – for more details visit www.property-care.org
Our company has been treating properties suffering from damp and timber issues for over 20 years, we have dealt with all different types of Damp and Timber both above and below ground level as well as problems arising in timbers from rot and beetle infestation, to date we are pleased to say we have never had a call back to a property where our recommendations and installation of damp and timber treatment has failed.
Damp and timber – Damp Treatment – Timber Treatment – Woodworm – Wet Rot – Dry Rot – Rising Damp – Condensation – PCA
We use a variety of different treatments for all different circumstances depending on the construction of the property, the cause of the problem and the severity. All our surveys include an internal, external and roof survey to assess the source of ingress moisture and the best method to treat.
All surveys will be backed up with a true report on findings along with any relevant photographs showing areas of concern. Our Damp and Timber reports will not contain any unnecessary work, if no work is required we will report this.
As a member of the Property Care Association (formerly known as BWPDA) we can offer you insurance backed guarantees through Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI) for all remedial works undertaken.
We have carried out remedial works for firms including Kirklees, Carter Jonas and for many private clients.
Cellar Conversions / Basement Conversions / Basement Waterproofing:
Due to the recent changes in the economical climate we are finding that more and more people are opting to expand there existing property by opening up and creating use able space, rather than purchasing larger properties.
All cellar conversions require damp proofing due to them being below ground level, in some cases drainage is also required. Cellar conversions can be expensive, therefore it is vital that the work is carried out by competent contractors in the first instance and that all areas are sealed correctly effectively to create a completely dry environment prior to any plastering works or installation of fixtures and fittings.
We are able to carry out all the above works from building to completion including any structural works which is often necessary for this type of work, such as the removal of structural walls and the installation of steel, concrete or wooden beams (as appropriate), floor strengthening and underpinning. All carried out subject to building regulations and structural reports where required.
Remedial methods we use are as follows:
Cavity drainage membrane
Chemical Damp proof course – Injection
Structherm (External insulation boards)
Aqua channel and sump pump (cellars)
Removal of cavity Insulation
Replacement of cavity wall ties
Acoustic installation/Sound Proofing
Toxic Box for Dry Rot
Chemical Spraying (for the eradication of beetle infestation)
All timber treatments for dry rot, wet rot and beetle infestation
Damp Surveyors Rising Damp Condensation & Dry Rot.
If you notice any damp within your property the source must be identified in order to suggest the best method of dealing with and further preventing the problem. Some types of damp will only be apparent following changes to internal finishes, weather or temperature, ie redecorating emulsion painted walls with vinyl paints or wallpaper, damp caused/worsened by heavy rainfall/driving rain, condensation caused by reduced temperatures. This is why it is important to have a damp survey carried out on a property that you may not be familiar with but may be interested in purchasing.
There are three main types of damp within a property;
Rising Damp can affect both internal and external walls. It is caused by moisture from the ground rising up through the capillaries in the mortar beds. In most cases rising damp will only affect up to approx 250-300mm from external ground level although this must be tested as it has been known to reach over a meter high when there are high levels of ground pressure present. Rising damp usually leaves behind a band of salts on the internal finishes which are brought up from the earth and remain once the moisture has dispersed.
Penetrative damp is caused by moisture passing through the construction of a property. In most causes penetrative damp is caused by high ground level, whether this is due to a raised external path that has been introduced at a later stage of construction or an existing ground level when properties have been built into a banking or road side etc. Penetrative damp will always affect internal rooms that are below ground level ie basements/cellars unless they have received treatment. Penetrative damp can also be present when a property has a closed cavity, or when construction causes the cavities to be breached ie rubble filled cavities, English bond construction, through stones etc. When investigating the cause of penetrative damp any possible leak should also be ruled out.
Condensation is caused by the relative humidity within the air, relative humidity is increased by basic living needs such as bathing, washing, cooking and cleaning. In basic terms when the air within a property hits a cold surface such as a glass window or a cold wall, the air is slowed down and is allowed to turn back into moisture.
When left untreated condensation can leave behind unsightly black spot mould and creates a fusty smell. When there are only small levels of condensation the problem can be improved by increasing air flow ie moving furniture away from walls and opening windows, however where this is not possible or where condensation levels are high there are other solutions available.
Whilst all the above can sometimes be easily identified, an independent damp surveyor can assess whether there is more than one problem affecting an area and can confirm suspicions using moisture meters, hygrometers and speedy carbide testing. Our damp reports explain the type of damp, the cause of damp and the best remedial action for preventing and treating the damp. Also included are full colour photographs illustrating the findings, where required.
Some of the causes of damp can by prevented and treated with simple solutions and do not always require expensive remedial action, all methods of treatment are included in our reports giving you different options for you to consider as well as our personal recommendations and reasons why.