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Penetrating Damp

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In simple terms the terminology ‘Penetrating Damp’ refers to moisture, which finds a pathway through the fabric of a building from outside to in.

Penetrating damp can be found at all heights within your home, however it tends to be more common, higher up. 

Penetrating damp is often visually recognised by damp patches forming on the walls. On occasion, the point of entry can be seen outside your home.

There are many causes of penetrating damp, for example rainwater seeping through slipped or missing roof tiles into the loft space or blocked gutters with debris, which causes water to overflow. Our independent damp surveyor regularly comes across penetrating damp problems when surveying. Such defects include ill- fitting or warped doors and windows, rotted timbers; cracks within the cladding and masonry can all be causes of rainwater penetrating through the fabric.

Finding the point, at which moisture is entering, can be hard, but is crucial to help solve the problem. That’s where Healthy Abode’s specialist damp surveyors help, First and foremost using our experience of having inspected thousands of properties, backed up with using specialist-surveying equipment; we find the source of penetrating damp for you.

So then what? Well then, our independent CSRT surveyor, Stuart who is a member of the Property Care Association determines the severity of the dampness, having determined this he works out the damage caused, whether it’s contributed to other defects, e.g. wood boring beetle infestation, rotten joists etc. Then surveys the remainder of your home for any other damp, timber and/or mould defects.

Back at the office, our damp surveyor Stuart typically has a coffee, milk with no sugar (a cups also gratefully received when out surveying!) and gets to producing the report. Our detailed reports identify the defects, the extent, severity and photographs identifying the location. We then detail the necessary recommended remedial works, these we list as a Schedule of Works that is easy to follow should you wish to do the remedial works yourself or alternatively from which competent contractors can quote. As independent surveyors we’re unable to recommend any one contractor, however our reports detail relevant trades bodies who vet their members, so you can be assured of good remedial work. 

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