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Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings

"Used by many major UK insurance companies and loss adjusters..."

Is Dampness Always a Big Problem?

The answer to this is often… No

There are hundreds of thousands of older properties in the UK that were built long before the emergence of modern damp proofing construction methods. It is therefore quite likely that almost all of these buildings have a damp problem to some degree or other. In general, dampness will only become a problem when it starts to affect the load bearing building materials or permeates through to affect the interior decorative finishes within the living spaces.

Sometimes the result of dampness in buildings is manifested by dampness odours that are unpleasant to live with but are otherwise not a problem. Thorough airing is all that may be required. Understanding the causes of dampness and accurately diagnosing the remedial action necessary is critical in deciding if your damp problem really does requires further action or not. Paradigm Reinstatements provides a full service from start to finish including testing, stripping out, rebuilding and reinstatement back to original condition.

Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings
Dampness in Buildings

Understanding the root causes of dampness in buildings and building materials is absolutely vital to dealing with it in the most effective ways. Our Managing Director David Hunt has years of experience in this field. He and his team fully understand the causes of dampness in buildings and the damage it can cause. They are experts in stripping out damaged materials, reinstating and redecorating to the highest standard at cost effective rates. Paradigm has the ability to accurately diagnose and repair all levels of dampness, identifying its sources, providing comprehensive reports and then taking the action necessary to rectify the problems.

In short, Paradigm provides the complete package - from start to finish.

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Dampness in Buildings Services:

• Moisture ingress investigation and damage reports

• Specialist deployment of trace & access equipment

• Gravimetric comprehensive moisture measurement testing

• Salts and mould sampling, testing and analysis

• Data logging and analysis to ensure accurate reporting

• Stripping out affected materials, fittings and contents

• Reinstatement of the property back to original condition, including all trades and services

• Redecoration and refurbishment of furniture and furnishings

The analysis and testing of dampness and the building reinstatement process is a specialist skill that requires a combination of expert knowledge, practical experience and the appropriate use of specialist testing equipment prior to the reinstatement phase. Inexperienced testers can easily make common mistakes when attempting to identify the causes of dampness in buildings. This can lead to unnecessary stress and additional costs on the part of the property owner who may be coerced into spending more than is required to strip back and reinstate a damp property. The reverse is also true in that insufficient testing and treatment can mean revisiting a dampness problem again in the future. However the insurance company may not agree to cover the second phase after paying out previously. It is therefore important to have the peace of mind that follows from a professional, in depth dampness testing survey before the reinstatement phase.

Moisture Testing Should Include:

• Hygroscopic salts and efflorescence testing

• Limitations of moisture meters and corroboration testing

• Presence of rising damp and the extent of spread

• Importance of identifying plaster types

• Fungal growth and mould analysis

• Humidity readings against local atmosphere

• Damp proof courses and water barrier membranes

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Every job is different, we will find the most appropriate way to source, fix and reinstate for you.

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