Ilkley Damp Proofing &

Timber Preservation Experts

Damp Proofing Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are damp proofing experts in Ilkley, 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.

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ILKLEY EXPERTS

Our specialist damp surveyors and technicians are local to the Ilkley 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.

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ALL TYPES OF DAMP

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.

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PCA CERTIFIED

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 Ilkley

Ilkley is a spa town located in West Yorkshire, close to Leeds and Bradford. Housing differs greatly across this affluent area. From old sandstone listed buildings and farm dwellings in the out-lying areas of the town through brick terraced, semi-detached and detaching houses dotted throughout.

It is the older properties in the area are the ones that are prone to damp and condensation problems caused by water ingress. By identifying these problems early, homeowners in and around Ilkley in areas, such as Middleton, Denton, Otley and Burley In Wharfedale that have saved money and prevented their damp problems spiraling out of control. If you think you have a damp problem, why not get in touch and arrange for one of our local PCA Certified Damp Surveyors to visit you and carry out a Damp Survey.

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AREAS WE COVER:

We serve all areas of Ilkley including...
  • ADDINGHAM
  • BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE
  • OTLEY
  • MIDDLETON
  • DENTON
  • WESTON
  • BURLEY WOODHEAD
  • MENSTON

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How to Get Rid of Damp

The problem with damp is that without proper professional treatment, it is difficult to get rid of.

However, if left untreated, damp can cause structural damage to a property, and it can be a health hazard.

There are different ways to get rid of damp, including a variety of damp treatments, depending on an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the damp.

These can include rising damp treatment such as installing a full damp proof course.

Another option may be to have a damp proofing injection into the walls of the property.

There are also damp proof paints and plaster which can help prevent further outbreaks of damp.

Causes of Damp

The main causes of damp are: condensation, penetrating damp, rising damp and dry or wet rot.

Condensation forms when warm, moist air makes contact with cool surfaces, such as windows or uninsulated walls. Symptoms include steamed-up windows, damp patches, peeling wallpaper and mould.

Penetrating damp occurs when water has got into the fabric of a building, with damp patches on ceilings and walls. It can cause mould and timber decay.

Rising damp comes from moisture rising up through the walls of a building. It does this through the brickwork, which acts to suck the water upwards. Often, rising damp leaves a noticeable tide mark.

Dry and wet rot affect timber in a property and are the result of a fungal growth. Initial symptoms are similar, including a mushroom-like smell and sprouting fungus. Eventually, dry rot tends to do more serious damage, and likely to be more advanced before it is detected.

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What Paint Should I Use After Damp Proofing?

Because rising damp treatment requires a degree of aftercare, it is important to only use suitable materials when redecorating.

It is firstly important not to dry damp proofed walls too quickly, or you risk cracking the render coat.

Depending on the wall thickness, damp proofing can take up to 12 months to dry, but you can use some paints to redecorate earlier than this, once all signs of dampness have disappeared.

On no account use paints containing vinyl. This can hamper and prevent the drying out process.

The best paint to use following damp proofing is water permeable, trade emulsion paint.

What Plaster Should I Use After Damp Proofing?

You may not need extensive re-plastering following a rising damp treatment, but moisture and salt may have already damaged some existing plaster, which means certain sections will need replacing after damp proofing walls.

Some types of plaster are more resilient to salts than others. A cement-based plaster is better, in this regard, than a gypsum-based plaster.

The new plaster you apply should prevent any residual moisture and salts from masonry affecting new surfaces.

There are two options here: either use a specialist salt and moisture-resistant plaster, or bond a plasterboard to the wall, after first priming the wall with a salt-inhibitor. Then apply a fast-drying plaster.