Published: 12 December 2023
Prokil damp-proofing experts were contacted to assess a property in Salisbury where the client was concerned about potential damp issues. The client informed us that they did not completely understand the construction of the property and thought this might be the cause of the dampness. They believed that the property was partly constructed of, or included elements of, cob.
Damp Survey Findings:
Our damp-proofing expert conducted a thorough inspection for dampness and timber issues. While the overall condition of the house was satisfactory, there were sections of decorative spoiling that suggested there was a problem with the front elevation that was yet to be discovered.
The front reception room wall was thought to be the problem area. So, we conducted further testing which revealed that the timber elements of this section exceeded the recommended moisture content for internal timber, causing rising damp.
Having completed the inspection, we were instructed to address the issue. As we progressed with the remedial work, our damp-proofing experts uncovered that the structure was constructed with cob elements and was comprised of a combination of stone and brick. they also discovered that incorrect materials had been used for a previous fix.
Work carried out:
The first step for our experts was to remove the majority of the contaminated render.
Once this was completed and the waste materials were disposed of correctly, one of our trained and experienced surveyors conducted a thorough examination of the cob’s condition. This survey concluded that the cob was insufficient to warrant repair.
Our team then began to rebuild the area using traditional methods that would prevent further damp issues.
While reconstructing the area, our damp-proofing experts also included our two-step damp-proofing treatment. This included a chemical damp-proofing course, injected directly into the wall, as well as attaching a damp-proof membrane to the wall.
Once our damp-proofing experts had finished installing the damp-proof treatment, they completed the project by adding damp-proof plastering which was then ready for final decoration to match the rest of the room.
The end result was a reconstructed area in the front reception room that was now completely damp-proof.
Our damp-proof experts used a treatment that would reduce the chance of any future rising damp, condensation damp or penetrating damp causing issues, such as mould. The team also used materials in the reconstruction of the structure that were traditional building materials, to prevent structural dampness too.
We left the client happy with our work and satisfied that the problem had been solved not just for the short-term but long-term too. While we are confident that our work is suitable for the project and will keep any dampness away, all our work is under guarantee.
Have you spotted some decorative spoiling or mould on your property? Contact our team today. We are damp-proofing experts and will provide a friendly service while offering the best solution.
Our teams not only focus on fixing the problem at hand but providing a solution that will prevent any dampness and mould in the future.