The aim of K &A Property Solutions – Oldham is to provide professional damp and timber surveys and quotes for treatment together with information and advice on how to cure rising damp, beetle infestation (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation.
Damp & Timber Specialists
We undertake specialist damp proofing in Oldham and timber treatments, for pre-purchase & re-mortgage requirements when dampness & timber defects have been highlighted in the home-buyers survey report.
Free Damp Surveys
Free surveys and plain English reports are completed quickly and proficiently.
You will find that our care and commitment to your solution is apparent from survey right through to completion.
We issue a guarantee all work undertaken.
Dampness at your home can be broken down into 3 main categories;
- Rising Damp
- Penetrating Damp
Rising Damp - Identification & Treatments
Rising Damp is a affliction where ground water is drawn upwards through direct contact with brickwork and mortar.
Water rises by capillary action where substandard or damaged damp proof courses are present in the walls inside the home.
Rising Dampness is a blight which will have an impact external and internal walls alike. The cause of dampness in cases like this comes from where the bricks and mortar of a wall is direct contact with the ground. The dry upper parts of the wall acts like a wick and draws water upwards from the wet lower bricks.
Identifying Rising Damp
Damp patches to exterior walls as demonstrated on right, considerable moss/lichen growth on outer brickwork, discoloring. Dampness may also be felt and observed on inside walls of the home, moisture content and salt bands are usually common tell-tale conditions to look for.
Penetrating Damp - Identification & Treatments
Penetrating Damp develops when poor roofing, brickwork, windows, high ground levels etc. allows water to penetrate to the internal fabric of the property.
Defects to the outside construction of the building works: weak roofing, ingress of water through uncapped chimneys, especially unvented blocked chimney breasts. damaged render & brickwork, clogged or defective guttering, broken & corroded downpipes, improperly fitting or rotten door frames & windows, all of which allows for rain water to pass through into the fabric of the building.
Identifying Penetrating Damp
Clues to watch out for when trying to discover if the cause of problems is penetrating damp include; Staining of the
internal decoration with the presence of tide marks, salt deposits. Blown/blistered (hollow sounding) plaster. Wet and/or rotting skirting boards at times exhibiting rusting nails, very much like floor timbers. Random damp patches to any elevation on the walls and ceilings. Dark mould on inner walls, window frames etc.
Condensation - Identification & Treatments
Condensation is regarded as the frequent form of dampness and is usually the result of inadequate ventilation inside the home.
It’s mainly apparent on cold walls, cold floors and windows. A revealing sign of moderate to severe condensation would be the appearance of a dark colored mould. The condition can also be found in floor voids and attic room areas (a white mould), where, if left unattended, dampness may bring about wet rot or dry rot. This occurrence is best avoided in both instances from a health and from a price perspective.
There’s lots of signals to indicate condensation presence past tolerable levels, black mould to window frames being the easiest for the general householder to spot.
Woodworm - Identification & Treatments
You may not realise that you have a woodworm problem until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is essential before they trigger more damage.
Different wood boring pests prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to distinguish what sort of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar whilst others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. No matter the species, all of them will leave some signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
There are several tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation. They include:
- Small round exit holes within your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board.
- Fine, powdery dust around these holes (known as frass).
- Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
- Tunnels within the timber
- Weak and damaged timbers or flooring.
- Adult woodworm beetles emerging from hole within the timber.
- Dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation or on window sills
We carry out significant preservation works for properties at severe risk from damp, decay and can also quote on problems occuring in your house. As a leader in the field of damp proofing in Oldham we pride ourselves on supplying exceptional customer support and lasting solutions. When you contact us for an appointment we shall arrange a specific time and day that’s mutually convenient. Look no further than K & A Property Solutions when you need peace of mind when commissioning damp proofing in Oldham.