The Importance of Damp Proofing
When it comes to internal building problems, damp is one of the most frequent that we have to deal with, regardless of whether the building is commercial or residential. With rising damp, it’s always easier to prevent than it is to treat, which is why damp proof is so necessary.
If damp proofing is not installed properly, or not at all, there will be little to no protection for the walls and floors. Ultimately, this will lead to mould, damp patches on the walls, stains, wet rot, peeling wallpaper and musty smells, all of which we’d certainly like to avoid.
What is damp proofing?
Damp proofing is an umbrella term used to describe a number of different treatments applied to prevent the problem of damp affecting domestic and commercial properties. That said, damp proofing is essentially known as a specific type of waterproofing for constructed walls. In these walls, a damp proofing barrier – also known as a damp proof course – is fitted to ensure that damp problems don’t arise.
The health risks
Damp isn’t just an unpleasant scar on your property or a putrid smell, it’s also very much a health risk to you, your family or your employees. The main health risk associated with damp relates to the respiratory system, which is affected by the moisture in the air and the microscopic bacteria which thrive in such an environment. According to a study carried out in 1997, people who live in damp homes are twice as likely to suffer from asthma when compared to those who live in homes without damp problems. Other common respiratory problems which are linked to household damp include bronchitis, breathing difficulties and chest pains.
A further health issue which damp can cause is eczema. Various studies have demonstrated a link between between damp problems and the occurrence of this nasty skin ailment. However, those who are already suffering from skin problems are at a much greater risk – especially young children.
Needless to say, fixing such damp issues in your home can go an extremely long way to controlling, or even eliminating entirely, these problems.
As we stated at the beginning of the article, it’s always easier to prevent damp than it is to remove it – this is one of the reasons damp proofing is so important. If you find out your home has damp problems due to inadequate proofing, you could end up having to pay thousands and thousands of pounds to repair it.
As leading specialists in damp proofing for both domestic and commercial customers throughout the North and West London areas, including Ealing and Hampstead, you can count on Quadrant Damp & Timber Treatments to combat your damp problems efficiently and effectively. We understand just how important it is to act fast, and with 40 years of experience under our belts, you can rest assured that our skilled engineers will quickly identify and rectify any issues. For more information, simply get in touch with us today.