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DAMP
DEFECTS

Welcome to the 6%

If you are experiencing damp issues within your property, you are not alone. Damp in properties causes misery for thousands of people in Britain, with recent statistics suggesting that 6% of the entire housing stock of the UK suffers from damp.

Damp is caused by the build-up of excess moisture within a building, either from internal condensation or ingress from the exterior of the property. Damp problems can appear rapidly, following a heavy downpour, or might present slowly due to a leaky gutter, damaged roof tiles or lead flashing. What most damp problems have in common is that you’ll only become aware of them when the obvious symptoms appear – a wet patch on the wall, bubbling plaster and paintwork or swollen, rotten wood fittings.

Our specialist Damp Proofing surveyors all hold the benchmark CSRT (Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) and CSSW (Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) qualifications. They will assess and correctly diagnose the extent and type of damp within your property, providing you with tailored recommendations on the most effective ways to treat the specific damp problem in your property.

Book your survey today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

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The Signs of Damp

There are often a number of contributing factors to damp within a property: sometimes it comes down to poor build quality, lack of building maintenance or deterioration of building fabric, other times it may be down to something as simple as a lifestyle choice: where and how you dry your clothes or even how often you boil pasta!

Damp may not always be obvious to spot in a property. It can appear rapidly after flash flooding or can be very slow to emerge, in many cases taking several years before it becomes visible. No two cases of damp are identical, so a correct diagnosis by a specialist surveyor is important to prevent unnecessary expense on a solution that ultimately may not solve the underlying issue.

The tell-tale signs of damp can include:
• A damp, musty smell inside the property;
• Mould or mildew forming on walls;
• Staining of wall coverings, peeling wallpaper and blistering paint;
• Dark patches and walls which feel wet or damp to the touch;
• Discoloured, bubbling or peeling plaster and paintwork;
• Decaying, swollen or splitting timbers;
• Rusting on angle beads within damp plaster work;
• The appearance of salt stains on external walls;
• Crumbling mortar pointing on exterior walls;
• Rising damp may also be visible in the form of swollen or crumbing skirting, as well as rusting nails and screws.

Whatever the issues, Crownstone’s specialist surveyors can identify damp problems inside and outside of your property, diagnosing the extent of the affected area, the specific type of damp which is presenting and the most suitable solution to remediate it.

Book your survey today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

Types of Damp

At Crownstone, we take pride in everything we do, aiming to provide every customer with high-quality, reliable solutions to their damp proofing queries. Our specialist surveyors and technicians are known to provide an outstanding service, analysing defects accurately in order to eradicate and prevent all types of damp problems within your property, guaranteeing your comfort and peace of mind for many years to come.

If you are unsure which type of damp your property is suffering from, then book your survey today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

Rising Damp

– What is Rising Damp?

Rising damp is the term used to describe water that enters a building by being absorbed from the surrounding ground upwards into walls and floors.
Rising damp can be caused by a number of defects, from the breakdown of the original damp course to a bad plumbing leak, and it is important to understand the root problem in order to apply the correct treatment. This is why it is essential to employ the services of a specialist surveyor to provide full rising damp survey and expert treatment.

– What Causes Rising Damp and How Can I Stop It?

Rising damp occurs when the current damp course fails, when water bridges it, or sometimes where there is no damp course installed. Where this occurs, moisture from the ground soaks upwards through the masonry. Porous building materials such as bricks and sandstone are usually worst affected.

Treating rising damp isn’t a DIY task. This is why we provide expert rising damp solutions that are guaranteed to last for up to 30 years from installation.

Book your rising damp survey today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

Water Ingress and Plumbing Leaks

What is Water Ingress?

Put simply, water ingress occurs when water is allowed to enter the property through any defect in the building’s fabric: this may stem from a leaky gutter or downpipe, worn pointing or even from a continually overflowing cistern or tank. The causes vary and may be simple or complex, however, what they all have in common is that they require the correct diagnosis, remediation and drying out procedures in order to be eliminated.

Our specialist damp surveyors are expertly trained in evaluating both the internal and external aspects of your property, pinpointing the causes and locating the sources of water ingress quickly and efficiently.

Book your survey today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

I Think I Have a Plumbing Leak

A plumbing leak which remains untreated may be causing bigger problems than the visible signs suggest. Over time, plumbing leaks can cause damage which can compromise the structural integrity of your building.

Our specialist surveyors and technicians are trained in a variety of leak detection methods, including the use of moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, to trace and access the source of damage within your property.

If you think you have a plumbing leak then call us today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

Insurance Claims

Your homeowner’s or business insurance policy should cover any sudden and unexpected water damage due to a plumbing malfunction or broken pipe. However, most home insurance policies exclude damage to your home that occurred gradually, such as a slow, constant leak, as well as damage from unlagged pipes. Where this happens, it’s important to have an experienced insurance professional on your side, knowing the ins and outs of your policy so that you don’t have to.

Our knowledgeable team of insurance experts are qualified to liaise with your insurance company and loss adjuster, from start to finish, taking the headache out of the claims process and ensuring that you receive all the cover and benefits which your policy entitles you to.

To speak to one of our insurance advisors today, please call 0208 226 5654.

Penetrating Damp

What is Penetrating Damp?

Penetrating damp, otherwise known as lateral damp, is where water ingresses through the walls and roofs of an underground or soil-retaining structure. Like most causes of damp, it can cause significant damage to the structure and fabric of buildings, if left untreated.

What Does Penetrating Damp Look Like?

Common signs of penetrating damp include damp stains on the walls and ceilings, a wall which feels moist to the touch, wet and crumbly plaster or brickwork and drips, puddles or areas of standing water on the floor.

What Causes Penetrating Damp and How Can I Stop It?

Penetrating damp is one of the most common causes of damp in older buildings. It occurs where water begins to ingress the structure along the external walls and, in basements, the roof. As masonry ages, it can lose its water -resistance, with water ingressing the property in mortar joints between brick or stonework, or where bricks become more porous over time.

At Crownstone, our expertly trained surveyors can provide you with a professional penetrating damp survey and supply effective, specialist penetrating damp treatments. Book your penetrating damp survey today on 0208 226 5654 or contact us using the online form at the bottom of this page.

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