Damp Proofing in Accrington
The aim of Anchor Building Services (Lancashire) Ltd – Accrington is to provide expert damp and timber surveys, reports and/or quotes together with information and recommendations on how to cure rising damp, beetle contamination (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation. We carry out timber treatments and damp proofing in Accrington for house-holders, landlords, builders, property developers, owners of commercial buildings and local housing associations.
In addition to undertaking specialist damp-proofing and timber treatments, additionally we offer damp and timber surveys for pre-purchase & re-mortgage requirements when dampness & timber defects have been highlighted in the home-buyers survey report.
Free surveys and plain English reports are addressed quickly and proficiently. You will find that our care and commitment to your solution is obvious from survey to completion.
We guarantee all work carried out, and can provide underwritten guarantees ( Westminster Insurance Backed) which are related to the house, not the owner. They are automatically transferable upon future sale of the property without any administrative requirement.
Dampness inside the house may be broken down into 3 main groups;
- Rising Damp
- Penetrating Damp
Rising Damp Accrington
Rising Damp is a problem where ground water is drawn upwards through direct contact with brickwork and mortar.
Water rises by capillary action where substandard or damaged damp proof courses are present in the walls around the home.
Rising Dampness is a blight which could have an impact external and internal wall surfaces alike. The fundamental cause of dampness in this instance comes from where the bricks and mortar of a wall is direct contact with the ground. The dry upper parts of the wall acts like a wick and draws water upwards from the wet lower bricks.
Identifying Rising Damp
Damp patches to external walls as shown on right, substantial moss/lichen growth on external brickwork, discoloration. Dampness may also be felt and observed on inside walls of the home, dampness and salt bands are generally common tell-tale conditions to look for.
Penetrating Damp Accrington
Penetrating Damp comes about when defective roofing, brickwork, windows, high ground levels etc. allows water to penetrate to the inside fabric of the home.
Defects to the outer construction of the building works: weak roofing, ingress of water through uncapped chimneys, particularly unvented blocked chimney breasts. damaged render & brickwork, clogged or weakened guttering, broken & corroded downpipes, improperly fitting or rotten door frames & windows, all of which makes it possible for rain water to penetrate into the fabric of the building.
Identifying Penetrating Damp
Clues to search for when trying to discover if the cause of problems is penetrating damp include; Discolouration of the inner decoration with the presence of tide marks, salt deposits. Blown/blistered (hollow sounding) plaster. Wet and/or rotting skirting boards oftentimes exhibiting corroding nails, a lot like floor timbers. Random damp patches to any height on the walls and ceilings. Dark-colored mould on inside walls, window frames etc.
Condensation is considered the most prevalent form of dampness and is usually the result of poor ventilation in the home.
It is primarily visible on cold walls, cold floors and windows. A distinguishing sign of moderate to significant condensation is definitely the appearance of a black mould. The condition can also be found in floor voids and attic areas (a white mould), where, if left untreated, dampness can result in wet rot or dry rot. This occurrence is best avoided in both instances from a health and from a cost view.
There are lots of signs to indicate condensation presence beyond appropriate levels, black mould to window frames being the easiest for the typical homeowner to recognize.
Woodworm Treatments Accrington
You might not realise that you’ve got a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is crucial before they trigger more damage.
Different wood boring pests prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to determine what sort of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while some like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Regardless of the species, all of them will leave a number of signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
There are many tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation. They include:
Small round exit holes within your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board.
Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is called frass).
Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
Tunnels within the timber
Weak and damaged timbers or flooring.
Adult woodworm beetles emerging from hole within the timber.
Dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation or on window sills
Contact Anchor Building Services (Lancashire) Ltd
We carry out significant preservation works for properties at significant risk from damp, decay and can also quote on problems taking place on your property. As Accrington’s best Damp Proofing company we pride ourselves on supplying exceptional support services.
We will come out and find out the predicament and give a quotation for damp proofing in Accrington. On agreement we can carry out the work as specified, we can also allow in our quotation for complete reinstatement and redecoration if necessary.
When you contact us for an appointment we shall supply you with a specific time and day which is mutually convenient. Look no further than Anchor Building Services when you need peace of mind when commissioning damp proofing in Accrington.