Published: 04 March 2021
Mr B of Pontlanfraith contacted Prokil Cardiff as he noticed damp patches all along the bottom of the wall in his ground floor living room and first floor bathroom.
Damp Survey Findings
Jason Griffin, our expert damp surveyor visited the property and started with an external inspection checking the guttering and downpipes and noted that the cavity insulation had been removed. Moving inside the property Jason continued the damp inspection using a specialist tool called a Protimeter to check for any abnormalities in the plaster with high readings being detected and evidence of decorative spoiling.
Following the damp inspection Jason submitted his full report to Mr B, confirming the presence of rising damp and penetrating damp in the property which had been caused by the blocked cavities. The report included recommendations of remedial work with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved that would be required to fix the issue.
Getting to Work
The cavity walls were opened up and all the rubble and foreign material were removed to 100mm below the damp proof course. A floor/wall render fillet was applied to all three walls being treated in an effort to prevent pooled rainwater from running down behind the brickwork.
A new chemical damp proof course (DPC) was installed in the front, side and rear walls to control rising damp from the surrounding pathway.
The Finished Result
After clearing the cavity and installing the DPC, bricks and mortar with the best match were used to return the property to its initial state, with the area finally being left clean and tidy.
Mr B, Pontlanfraith said: “The job was completed in an excellent fashion. The quality of the work, the friendliness of the staff, their punctuality and keeping me informed were first class. They cleaned up too and took away all the rubbish. They left my property spotless. I am extremely impressed.”