Got dampness in your home? There are a few issues that cause damp to your property.
Did you know that 75% of houses that have had a chemical dampness proof course did not actually need one?
Why have people had work done to their property if they did not actually need it, i hear you ask.
Well unfortunately, the answer is YOU, in two parts:
We know that you may not have ever encountered this problem, so you have no idea what it is – so why are you to blame?
Around 80% of the calls and enquiries that we receive are clients that have already diagnosed the problem.
For example, below are typical calls from clients contacting our company.
“Hello, I was wanting a survey on my property as I have rising damp”… “Hi, I have a dampness problem and I think it is rising damp”…
When calling the company, you have already ‘diagnosed’ the problem.
You believe that you have rising damp, so when someone from a company that you have contacted tells you that you have rising damp, you are already a believer.
To stop this from happening, it would probably be better to say something like this:
“Hello, I would like a surveyor to carry out a survey on our property as we have a damp issue that we need investigating”…
This brings us onto the second part of the answer.
So why are you potentially to blame here?
Well, it depends on who you get to carry out the survey.
Treatment for rising damp is generally the top of the Christmas tree (a larger job for a remedial company), due to the treatments involved being expensive and the potential area that the work involves.
Therefore, if you are telling someone that you have rising damp then they do not have to convince you, they just have to work out the cost!
Within the damp proofing industry, it is not regulated like the industry for electricians or gas engineers, and there are many damp proof course companies out there.
Often damp proof companies are sole traders, the surveyor becomes the dampness technician, plasterer and then onto the person who sends the invoice.
They are trying to cover ‘all bases’. We are not saying that most of these companies you should never use, as many are experts and are good companies to use. It is the companies that may have actually decided to move into lucrative damp treatments after being a plasterer for many years – They buy a dampness meter and then they have become a dampness surveyor!
It’s not just about buying a meter or saying you are now a dampness surveyor, it is about knowledge, training, the various types of damp and how to accurately perform a dampness survey.
This means that selecting the correct company to carry out the initial dampness survey is essential.
Do not base your decision on just the size of their advert in the phone directory or if they use an internet marketing campaign.
Such as Property Care Association or Federation of Master Builders.
Organisations like these will assist in any disputes and also membership is obtained when they reach specific goals. Furthermore, they may be connected to the governments Trustmark Scheme, this was set up to reduce the amount of unnecessary work and to protect the homeowner.
This is important in two parts:
Part 1 – an external body has based the standard of work that the company conducts and therefore are willing to insure it.
Part 2 – should the company cease trading whilst you have a warranty, then you can contact the insurance company who will appoint another verified contractor to honour the work under the warranty.
Always check if they have any recommendations, as you want to know what other customers are saying about their experience with this company. There are companies like Checkatrade and Which? that can help you find reviews and recommended companies – Although this market is starting to have wide selection now.
When you have selected the company, ask them to provide you with local people who will pass you recommendations.
By researching the company and using the questions above it could help you avoid unnecessary work or work that may not properly solve the problem!
We hope that this post helps you on the right path to choose who to contact when you have a damp problem.
If you have a dampness problem and would like to know more about it then simply get in touch.
Here are our tips to reduce condensation in your home …
Well we have finally turned the clocks back and turned the corner in to the winter period. The dark nights are upon us and the weather starts to change as it gets colder and colder. Therefore, as the temperature drops outside, the temperature increases inside. No longer are the bedroom windows open through the night, they are often firmly shut. This creates an issue to many properties throughout the United Kingdom. In fact reduction in ventilation increases the internal Relative Humidity within the property.
As the temperature difference increases significantly between the outside and the inside, there is a greater risk of the warm air being attracted to the external surfaces and windows, allowing the warm air to condense on them. Condensation is probably the most common form of dampness to effect your property and can cause damp patches, wallpaper to peel and moisture to collect on your windows. If left untreated, the condensation can create mould growth which can be potentially harmful and lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties.
If you constantly have to wipe condensation off of your windows and have a dehumidifier running for lengthy periods of time then you may want to think about whole house ventilation as a permanent solution to reduce condensation and to improve the air quality indoors for your tenants or family.
If you are looking for a short term fix rather than a permanent solution, then here are our suggestions to reduce condensation levels in your property:
Not sure what type of damp problem you have? Could it be rising damp, condensation or penetrating damp? Why not contact us to carry out a free, no obligation home survey? Let one of our fully trained surveyors will undertake a survey. This will give you all the help and advice that you need.
Cannon – offering a Professional and Polite service