Leeds Damp Proofing &

Timber Preservation Experts

Damp Proofing Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are damp proofing experts in Leeds, Yorkshire. We assess Dampness, Timber Problems, Wall Stabilisation and Basement Conversion works with a survey carried out by our own qualified surveyors. There are several different types of damp, and we assess which type it is before treating it accordingly.

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LEEDS EXPERTS

Our specialist damp surveyors and technicians are local to the Leeds 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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Damp Problems in Leeds

Leeds is an old city with a variety of buildings each with their own quirks. The Victorian era housing dotted around the city in areas such as Kirkstall, Hyde Park, Chapel Town to name a few can have a few problems if the building hasnt been maintained.

More frequently we see housing from the 1960s and 70s with problems. Housing built at this time was not of good quality. Areas such as Seacroft and Holt Park were almost entirely rebuilt in this period.

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AREAS WE COVER:

We serve all areas of Leeds including...
  • HEADINGLEY
  • GARFORTH
  • RAWDON
  • CHAPEL ALLERTON
  • MORLEY
  • YEADON
  • ROTHWELL
  • COLTON
  • BRAMHOPE
  • BEESTON
  • PUDSEY
  • KIRKSTALL

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How to Fix Damp

Damp should not be left untreated. It can cause lasting damage to a building and it may become a health hazard.

Fixing damp means first diagnosing the cause, and then applying an effective treatment to address it, and prevent it happening in future.

A damp proof course provides a barrier to stop the capillary action of damp rising through walls. This is a layer fitted in all masonry walls of a building.

Applying a damp proof membrane below a concrete floor prevents moisture entering a building.

Specialist waterproof materials will also help to fix damp, such as damp proof plaster and damp proof paint.

Rising Damp

Rising damp is a relatively rare form of damp. It affects the walls of buildings and occurs when moisture from the ground rises up through the brickwork in a capillary motion. Once this starts to happen, other porous building materials such as plaster and timber will also absorb groundwater more easily.

Symptoms of rising damp include: damp tide marks on solid walls; white salt marks and other discolouration; peeling wallpaper; skirting boards affected by dry or wet rot.

If left untreated, rising damp can lead to structural problems, as well as damage to plasterwork, flooring and other decoration.

A rising damp treatment can include a damp proofing injection or applying a damp proof membrane.

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FAQ

What Is Rising Damp?

Any building made of masonry can be susceptible to rising damp and therefore require the damp proofing of walls.

Rising damp comes from moisture in the ground rising up through the building’s bricks and mortar. This is through a process of capillary action, where the water comes up through the porous walls of a structure.

The moisture will rise up to a level where no further evaporation is possible, at which point it drops down again. However, it has by this time soaked into the walls. Generally this is around 1.2m above ground level.

Some salt deposits may reach higher, through certain kinds of plaster, render and wallpaper.

A damp proof course prevents this happening and dries out the affected walls.

What Causes Rising Damp?

Rising damp is a natural process, which occurs when the porous nature of building materials allows moisture from the ground to work its way up a property’s walls.

It is usually detectable in internal walls by a visible tide mark appearing at the level where the moisture has reached.

This form of damp can cause damage to interior decoration, including plastering, wallpaper and skirting boards.

It can also leave traces of mould, which gives off an odour, and which can be a health hazard if its spores spread to cause congestion and breathing issues.

Rising damp occurs where either a property has no damp proof course, or its current damp proofing is no longer effective.