Damp Proofing Halifax

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Danford Brewer & Ives are damp proofing experts in Halifax, West Yorkshire. We assess Dampness, Timber Problems, Wall Stabilization and Basement Conversion works with a damp survey carried out by our own PCA Qualified surveyors. There are many different types of damp and we will assess which type of damp it is before recommending the correct course of action to take.




Our specialist damp surveyors and technicians are local to the Halifax area. Over the years our regional surveyors have built up valuable local knowledge. This helps us understand the most common problems for houses and buildings in the city. This experience combined with our qualifications puts Danford Brewer and Ives in an ideal position to treat your damp problem.



If you have identified a problem, simply call us, and we will arrange for one of our PCA qualified surveyors will visit your property at an agreed time and date. We will assess the damp problem and determine the best solution. Once we understand the root cause of the damp issue we can create a suitable plan to fix it. Following the site survey, we will provide you with a written report and quotation.



Danford Brewer & Ives have earned qualifications from The Property Care Association (PCA) for Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) and Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) a certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) is a recognized industry qualification which demonstrates that the holder has a detailed understanding of all forms of below-ground waterproofing.

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Building Stock in Halifax

Halifax is located in the heart of Calderdale approximately 4 miles from the M62 and close to Bradford and Huddersfield. The age of the properties varies greatly in this old town with the older buildings, especially located in the low-lying areas, being susceptible to damp issues and water ingress.

The landscape of Halifax is undulating and sits on a resistant bed of sandstone allowing most water to drain away easily. Flooding has been an issue at times in Halifax, but again the topography means this is limited to certain areas in the town. Again, the older properties in the areas, due to their build quality, suffer most from the damp problems such as penetrating and rising damp.

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Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp happens when water is able to pass through bricks and stonework of buildings. It can be the result of building defects, damaged brickwork or porous bricks.

Defects such as damaged guttering or downpipes can also lead to penetrating damp.

Damaged brickwork or mortar joints are less able to withstand rain penetration.

Bricks are naturally porous, and can absorb moisture. Sometimes, this porosity will enable water to penetrate into the fabric of the building.

Common signs of penetrating damp include: damp patches on walls or ceilings; peeling wallpaper; crumbly plaster; damp stains on external walls; puddles and drips.

There are various treatments for damp available, depending on the cause, including damp proof paint, damp proof plaster and damp proofing injections.

Damp Proofing Specialists

Dealing with damp effectively requires the services of damp proofing specialists. We have the necessary knowledge and expertise to detect the causes of damp in a property, and provide the appropriate damp proof course or rising damp treatment.

Because damp can come from a variety of sources, it is important to understand which apply in any given situation.

This will then determine the best course of treatment to remedy the problem.
It is important to thoroughly investigate and check a building for both the signs and causes of damp, whether these arise from condensation, rising damp, penetrating damp or dry or wet rot.

A damp and timber survey enables damp proofing specialists to gain insight about the state of a building, looking at its structural timber and flooring for any signs of damage or infestation.

We will then recommend a damp proof course, and treatments to put right damage and prevent further damp.

These can include installing a damp proof membrane or damp proofing injections.

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What Effect Does Damp Have on My Home?

There are different causes of damp, and all of them can have a bad effect on your home.

Condensation is the most common form of damp in the home, which is when moist air condenses on cool surfaces. Certain areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, generate a lot of moisture, but in winter, when outside walls get cold, condensation can become a problem.

It can result in the appearance of dark mould around windows, and it can generate an unpleasant smell.

Penetrating damp occurs when water leaks through walls of a house. The damp may then spread across walls and ceilings.

The usual symptoms of penetrating damp are damp patches inside, which darken when it rains. These stains look unpleasant, and if the damp is left untreated, it can cause peeling wallpaper and damage to plasterwork.

Rising damp is when ground moisture comes up through the walls of a property, through the bricks and wall materials.

It may leave a tide mark, and can cause rotting floors and skirting boards, peeling wallpaper and crumbling plaster.

Damp can also be a health hazard, with mould spores causing respiratory problems.

It is important to deal with damp, which can involve a damp proof course or other rising damp treatment.

What is Damp Proofing?

Damp proofing is a long-term solution to decay in a property due to moisture.

Where there are signs of damage from rising damp, a damp proof course will remedy the problem and prevent further damage.

Damp proofing prevents moisture and water from getting into the property and therefore also prevents timber decay and structural damage.

There are different ways to damp proof the walls of a property. These include: applying a damp proofing injection; installing a damp proof membrane; using damp proof paints and damp proof plaster.

Damp proofing protects property from damp and from the long-term damage associated with it.