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If you are looking to have your property assessed or proofed for damp, consider hiring a professional who specialises in this. Plentific can generate a list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer these services, from a growing list of over 75,000 tradesmen nationwide. You will also have quick access to customer reviews and ratings to help you choose the best tradesman to suit you. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about damp assessment/proofing?
A damp proof specialist will first survey the property and be able to assess what proofing you will require. They will be assessing whether you already have a damp issue or if there are any structural weaknesses or impending leaks that may lead to a damp issue. Your local damp proof specialist will then make a recommendation for the best damp proofing methods.
Following this, your local damp proof specialist will arrange a date to carry out the damp proofing service. Dependant upon the thickness of walls, there are holes drilled into the brick/mortar externally and internally. The holes are then injected with a damp proofing liquid. This is made using a water-based silicone and this is used to reduce the movement of water through the capillaries.
Alternatively, a damp proofing rod could be used. This is an operation whereby rods are inserted into the masonry holes without using an injection pump. Using the rods as opposed to a liquid-based solution means that the time taken for the wall to dry is substantially reduced which means the follow-up processes such as plastering can happen more quickly.
Depending on the scale of service your local damp proof specialists offer, they may also plaster your property for you. It’s worth researching what the cost of this integrated service is versus having different local specialists for each trade. The re-plastering service involves using a dense sand and cement render as a backing coat so as to support the waterproof additive in the event that a damp proofing liquid is used.