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Condensation Treatments

Condensation Treatments Condensation appears when high levels of humid air is trapped within a building room, where deficient ventilation does not allow it to escape. This moisture then condenses when it comes into contact with cold surfaces such as windows or walls, ultimately leading to mould growth. Improving your homes insulation, double glazing and draught proofing can reduce the natural ventilation in your home and therefore lead to the development of water vapour. What is Condensation? Air can only hold a certain amount of moisture or water vapour. The hotter the environment is the warmer the air is and the more it can hold. If this air is then cooled by contact with a cold surface, for instance a window, mirror, metal door frame or outside wall the vapour becomes water droplets and that is when condensation is created. Everyday activities like washing dishes, bathing or just breathing, releases large amounts of moisture into the air. A family of 4 can produce approximately 14 litres of water a day. Build up Signs of Condensation Condensation is most apparent during the colder winter months of May to August, when your home windows are generally kept closed to keep the warmth from the heaters and fire places in. Visible places condensation can appear, apart from windows, are cold walls, floors and steel door frames. Sometimes it can arise in hidden areas such as the space between the roof and ceiling or under wooden floors. Wooden floors in these particular areas may become vulnerable to rot issues. Most homes and businesses will suffer from some form of condensation through its life time....

Penetrating Damp Problems

Penetrating Damp Problems There is a major risk of damage caused by damp throughout your entire house. This is predominantly due to a lack of preventative measures taken when the building was first constructed. Wetness is the main reason that any damp problems in homes may occur, furthermore, that is when you going to need a professional damp proofing company to prevent any sort of moisture passing through the walls, ceilings or floors of your property. These are not the only areas susceptible to damp in your home, chimney damp problems and basement damp problems are both genuine issues which can in fact affect the structure of a building and weaken the walls. Identify Penetrating Damp Rotting Floor timber – damp floor boards with wet rot decay. Localised Damp – unsystematic damp patches that do not dry out. Mould Growth – Humid musty smell. Low Level Penetrating Damp Treatments Low level penetrating damp can harmfully impact the environment in your home, but there are various treatments available to correct this prospective harmful occurrence. A single membrane solution to treat problems, caused by high external floor levels. These solutions will provide a dry internal wall surface, making the cellar or basement rooms of your home habitable again. If the problem is caused by building imperfection, these can be easily repaired by a skilled builder or a plumber. Once the wall has dried out all moisture and there is no damage or decay in timbers, then you can refurbish your home. If the issue is caused by low level sideways penetrating damp, the most effective solution is to lower the external...

How to find the right Damp Proofing Company

How to find the right Damp Proofing Company Obtaining a high-quality damp proofing service for your home is essential for keeping it protected from the onset of mould and mildew, allergens and rot that are often associated with damp areas of the home. However, the average person knows very little about what makes a proofing service a good one, and which ones should be avoided. This advice, given by respected professionals in the field, will help you determine which company is the one you should be going with if you want your home to be adequately protected, without being taken for a ride. Identify high risk services High risk service providers are those with no, or dubious credentials. You need to know what kind of training, experience and track-record your damp proofers are working with, because each one of their mistakes might as well be yours. Be careful of independent contractors with no real specialisation, they are more likely to make expensive mistakes, and they might even overcharge you. Instead of paying more for a lesser service, keep an eye out for damp proofing specialists that can back up what they say. Learn what you can from their website These days, every reputable company has its own website where you can get information and examples of their work. To determine whether you are dealing with an established professional or not, simply take a look at their website. If they don’t have one, you might want to stay clear. If their given information is too vague, they might not be what you are looking for. Give good instructions through clear...

Areas of your home that could benefit from damp proofing

Areas of your home that could benefit from damp proofing The damp is a force to be reckoned with, a fact that many homeowners have to find out the hard way. It can be difficult to spot, almost impossible to control, and may lead to the spread of allergens, mould and mildew spores, as well as unwanted smells and rot. With so many reasons why you should avoid letting damp areas of your home get worse, you can see why it is so important to be able spot those troublesome areas. So, to help you along, here is a list of the areas of your house which are most likely to be affected by dampness. Poorly lit areas Any areas of your home that lack natural light are in danger of damp, but even more likely to hold water, are those areas with little or no air flow. Areas of your home that lack windows or openings that allow light and air to flow should definitely be damp proofed, lest they decay or rot over time. This is especially true for areas with carpeting or wood in them. Damp can take root in these materials, and without ample air and light to expel it, it can begin to do damage over time. Kitchens and Bathrooms Areas of your home that make use of water such as your kitchens and bathrooms, can understandably become the unwilling victims of damage from the damp. Dampness in these areas may even lead to poor hygiene and health, making it essential to conduct damp proofing on these areas. Attics and cellars Attics and cellars...

Painting & Repairing Exterior Walls

Painting & Repairing Exterior Walls It’s always important to freshen up your home on the outside as much as you do the inside. And if you’re not sure on how to repair and freshen up your home, here are some guidelines that might help you. Before doing anything, you need to do extensive preparation. This makes the actual work much easier and faster to get through. You firstly need to clean the surface that you’ll be painting. If the wall is very dirty wash the wall with household detergent and rinse well with water. Areas affected by algae, mould or climbers should be thoroughly cleaned and treated by a fungicidal wash. You then need to repair all the damaged areas. To fill small cracks and holes, make sure the damaged area is free from loose materials. Then apply the exterior mortar or filler using a knife and smooth off with a wet filling knife. If the crack or damage is deeper than 10mm, you may have to build up the filler in layers, leaving each layer to dry before reapplying. Rub the filler down with medium grade sandpaper when dry. Make sure to take required safety precaution when taking every step of fixing up your home. Painting the exterior of your home is all about timing, you need to have several days of clear weather to complete your project. Make sure you have all the correct tools from the start. A strong and steady ladder is essential as you will be working at height, a small masonry brush to get into the difficult areas and a masonry roller brush...

Painting Your Roof

Painting Your Roof  Painting your roof is a great way to add value to your home and make it stand out from all the other homes in your neighborhood. To get the job done properly and safely, it’s important to prepare thoroughly and use the right equipment. Cleaning Before painting you need to prepare your roof for the paint job. To achieve this, you need to give your roof a clean. You can use a hose and scrub down with a broom You could also use chemicals, should you need to clean lichen from the tiles. Tiled or Corrugated Roof Preparation For a tiled roof, you need to check your roof for any broken or cracked tiles and replace them. To repair any damaged mortar around the ridge capping, remove the capping and apply new mortar and put the capping back in place. It’s important to make sure the mortar is dry before you start painting. To clean a corrugated roof, you may wash it with a degreaser. However, if your roof is unpainted or you have any unpainted replacement sheets you should then give it a coat of primer. Make sure this is dry before you start painting. Choosing Your Paint Calculate the area of your roof and buy enough paint to apply two coats. It’s always a good idea to get a colour that compliments the rest of your house, and remember that darker colours absorb heat and lighter colours reflect it. This plays a significant role on the humidity of your home. Painting Your Roof The quickest way to paint a tiled roof is with an...