Damp Proofing in Blackburn
The aim of Anchor Building Services – Blackburn is to supply specialist damp and timber surveys, reports and/or quotes alongside information and guidance on how to cure rising damp, beetle infestation (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation. We carry out timber treatments and damp proofing in Blackburn for house-holders, landlords, general contractors, property developers, owners of industrial properties and local housing associations. In addition to undertaking specialist damp-proofing and timber treatments, we also offer damp and timber surveys for pre-purchase & re-mortgage requirements when dampness & timber defects have already been highlighted in the home-buyers survey report.
Free surveys and plain English reports are completed quickly and efficiently. You’ll find that our care and commitment to your solution is obvious from survey to completion.
Our Damp Proofing Guarantee’s
We guarantee all work undertaken, and can provide underwritten guarantees ( Westminster Insurance Backed) that are related to the exact property, not the owner.
They are automatically transferable upon future sale of the property without any administrative requirement.
Dampness at home can be broken down into 3 main types;
- Rising Damp
- Penetrating Damp
Rising Damp Blackburn
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 weakened damp proof courses are present in the walls throughout the home.
Rising Dampness can be a blight which can have an affect on external and internal wall structure alike. The source 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 displayed on right, considerable moss/lichen growth on outside brickwork, discoloration. Dampness may also be felt and seen on inside walls of the house, dampness and salt bands are typical common tell-tale conditions to look for.
Penetrating Damp Blackburn
Penetrating Damp happens when bad roofing, brickwork, windows, high ground levels etc. allows water to penetrate to the internal fabric of the property.
Defects to the external construction of the building works: bad roofing, ingress of water through uncapped chimneys, especially unvented blocked chimney breasts. broken render & brickwork, clogged or defective guttering, broken & corroded downpipes, badly fitting or spoiled door frames & windows, all of which can allow rain water to pass through into the fabric of the building.
Identifying Penetrating Damp
Indicators to search for when trying to ascertain if the cause of problems is penetrating damp include; Discolouration of the inside home decor with the presence of tide marks, salt deposits. Blown/blistered (hollow sounding) plaster. Wet and/or rotting skirting boards sometimes exhibiting rusting nails, similar to floor timbers. Random damp patches to any position on the walls and ceilings. Black mould on internal walls, window frames etc.
Condensation is among the most common form of dampness and is normally the consequence of poor ventilation throughout the home.
It’s primarily observable on cold walls, cold floors and windows. A telling sign of moderate to significant condensation is the appearance of a black colored mould. The condition can also be found in floor voids and attic room areas (a white mould), where, if not dealt with, dampness may result in wet rot or dry rot. This occurrence is best avoided in both instances from a health and from a expense perspective.
There’s lots of signs to indicate condensation presence more than acceptable levels, black mould to window frames being the easiest for the typical homeowner to spot.
Woodworm Treatments Blackburn
You may not realise that you have a woodworm situation until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is vital before they trigger more damage.
Different wood boring insects prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to determine what type of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar whilst others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Regardless of the species, all of them will leave some signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
There are several tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation which requires woodworm treatments Blackburn. They include:
Small round exit holes in 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
We carry out significant preservation works for properties at considerable risk from damp, decay and can also quote on problems occurring in your house. As Blackburn’s best Damp Proofing company we pride ourselves on delivering superb support.
We will come out and find out the trouble and provide a competitive quotation for damp proofing in Blackburn. On agreement we’ll carry out the work as specified, we can also allow in our quotation for complete reinstatement and redecoration if needed.
When you contact us for an appointment we shall provide a specific time and day that’s mutually convenient. Look no further than Anchor Building Services if you’d like peace of mind when commissioning damp proofing in Blackburn.