Published: 08 July 2021
Martin & Co property management agents in Bournemouth contacted Prokil on behalf of their landlord as their tenants had noticed signs of dampness on their dining room wall.
Damp Survey Findings
Sarah Bulteel, our Damp and Timber Surveyor visited the property to commence the full investigation of the areas requested. Sarah observed visible evidence of decorative spoiling caused by salt contamination deposited in the plaster by water ingress.
Using different types of Protimeter, tests were carried out to the downstairs dining room walls and timber skirting where high moisture readings were taken. Following the damp inspection Sarah concluded that the high readings were caused by the cavity walls being blocked by debris and rubble which was providing a bridge for moisture to travel above the Damp Proof Course (DPC).
When the moisture evaporates it deposits hygroscopic salts and minerals which contaminates the walls and plaster and spoils the decorative finish.
Sarah recommended the cavity wall be cleared and a damp proofing system installed to restrict future damp penetration and salt contamination damage. The report included a detailed breakdown of the costs to install the damp proofing system as requested.
Getting to Work
Our damp proofing technicians started by taking off the current damaged skirting board, followed by the removal of the affected plaster in the dining room.
Bricks were then removed to gain access to the cavity, where the debris was cleared from inside. Once the cavity had been cleared the bricks were replaced. A damp proof course (DPC) was injected into the masonry, followed by a damp proof membrane.
To complete the work, the Prokil damp-proof technicians covered the membrane with plasterboard followed by a multi-finish plaster. Finally fitting a new skirting board and leaving the area ready to be decorated.
The Finished Result
All damp-proofing remedial treatments completed by Prokil come with The Prokil Guarantee.