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November 2017 Blog: Cold Bridging and how to avoid it!: Cold bridging is one of the primary causes of condensation. Condensation occurs when warm air touches a cold surface and, as the name suggests, condenses into water. This condition often encourages the growth of black mold; black mold prefers the clean water generated by lifestyle - that is cooking steam, baths, showers, etc. It is not difficult to see how this problem can take hold, an average person even breathes out a litre of water a day! How can cold bridging be treated?.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
October 2017 Blog: Damp Bridging and how to avoid it!: There are many reasons that dampness may be transmitted through buildings from one material to another. Capillary Action is usually the root cause, but stopping the spread of transmitted damp can often be quite simple. Although, as in all things, it is usually a lot simpler if thought about before or during installation, rather than retrospectively..... Read More
September 2017 Blog: Drainage Membranes for Garden/Similar Retaining Walls: When building retaining walls in the garden, or for more structural reasons, the addition of a membrane drainage layer can stop a lot of moisture penetration into your wall! Many retaining walls have to not only "do the job" structurally but also need to look good too and membrane waterproofing can help to control moss and frost damage..... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
July 2017 Blog: Cavity Drain Tanking a New Build Basement Without Cutting Into The Concrete Slab: A version of the standard cavity drain system which may be installed to damp proof a basement without cutting channels into a structural floor slab. An ideal structural waterproofing system for tanking a new build basement; particularly for mixed construction applications or where the slab forms part of the structural integrity of the building and may not be altered..... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
June 2017 Blog: Tanking a House Built Into a Bank -
Cavity Drain Type C Tanking System
: We see a lot of bank houses in the more rural areas that we serve around the Welsh Marches and Shropshire, etc. Traditionally, if the walls have been tanked, it is usually with a render or perhaps a tanking slurry of some type. When we get called in it is usually because this has failed at some point and the building has become very damp or possibly even flooded. When renovating a bank house, and we cannot stress this strongly enough, get the tanking right! MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PIPE-WORK IS RODENT PROOF!.... Read More
Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
May 2017 Blog: Drybase Flex Membrane Installation: We added Drybase Flex Membrane damp proofing to our bag-of-tricks a couple of years or so ago (2015) and it is ideal for certain situations with damp brick walls, or damp stone walls if they are fairly neat. It is also very useful for damp proofing to concrete slabs as a DPM (damp proof membrane)... this type of membrane damp proofing system, when used on walls, can be plastered onto directly.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
April 2017 Blog: Benefits of Cavity Drain Membrane Waterproofing: We get involved in all sorts of damp proofing and use all sorts of materials to treat the various problems we come across. We speak to people all over the country and it is fair to say that the existence of most of the membranes we use is still not widely known. Rising and penetrating damp, there is a suite of materials that can cover both of these functions when conditions are right.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
March 2017 Blog: Fixing to Cavity Drain Membranes: A common question we get asked after installation is, Can we fix radiators, shelves, etc. to the cavity drain membranes that Conifer have installed? ...if the cavity drain membrane has been used in a basement situation we would urge extreme caution in making any holes in the tanking membranes... however.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
February 2017 Blog: Ghostly goings-on on haunted building sites... or simply strapping lads flapping about nothing!: Helloooooo from the other side! (Of the keyboard). A few stories about about old buildings and things that go bump in the day for us! ...Occasionally we get asked by our customers if we have ever experienced anything? Well, we have a few anecdotes, so please lower the lights and prepare to have a good laugh at our expense :o).... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
January 2017 Blog: New Decking Services from Conifer Servicing Cheshire West, Shropshire, Mid and North Wales: Hi Folks! As a company we started to offer decking installation and garden design services around Chester, Chesire West, Shropshire, Mid and North Wales. This isn't a 'U' turn, nor is it a great departure from much of the building work we undertake (which invariably involves quite a bit of carpentry); we're offering this service simply because we enjoy doing it and it gets us out into the sunlight now and again!One of the things we've always been particularly good at here at Conifer is making the best use of a space; in renovation work generally,.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
December 2016 Blog: Dryzone Dryrod Damp Proof Course Installation: In the last year or so however, we have pretty much switched from Dryzone Chemical Injection Cream to installing Dryzone Dry Rods (Dryrod) for most of our DPC work. These essentially deliver the same product as the Dryzone Cream into the wall but the quantity is always exactly right, every time. They are also a lot less messy to use than damp proofing creams - things move on... .... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
Conifer Index Map: Areas of specialist expertise provided by Conifer Damp Proofing: Damp proofing company, damp proofing specialists, damp proof coursing, chemical render tanking, basement conversion company.... Read More
November 2016 Damp Proofing Out-takes, Damp Horses and Cheeky Pensioners…: We thought we'd share a light-hearted look at some of the more humorous enquiries we've encountered over the years.Recently we had a flurry of e-mails from suppliers offering discounts on 'basment conversion' products. It reminded us of an enquiry we received from someone who had mis-read one of our vans and thought we offered 'damp ROOFING'. A little further digging and we managed to find a few more amusing slip-ups, so here are our top 5: 1. Typos: basment conversions, damproofing and membrain are the most common! 2. "I have a severe problem.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
October 2016 Insulative Properties of Damp Proofing Membrane: Did you know that, as well as creating a barrier of protection against damp, Oldroyd damp proofing membrane also provides a level of insulation? This can help meet Building Regulations standards for insulation without compromising character or wall thickness. When the original plaster is removed, for example, and Oldroyd cavity drain membrane installed with 15mm plasterboard applied, this gives a total wall thickness of 243mm compared with the original 233mm. If the air layer is unventilated there is a reduction in U-value from the previous 2.09.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
September 2016 Have you considered a back-up pump?: Should you consider a second, back-up pump for your basement conversion? In the event of a power failure coinciding with storm and flood conditions - which is not an uncommon event - it can be advisable to have a secondary battery-powered pump in place to prevent potential disaster.After spending money to damp-proof and convert your basement or cellar, the last thing you would want is to have the finishings, furniture and contents damaged by flood. As we always recommend a sump and electrical pump to continually take away water and moisture from.... Read More Damp Proofing, Basement Conversion, Cellar Tanking, Garden Decking Installers, structural Waterproofing, damp course, DPC damp injection, Damp Proofing Company, Timber Decking Fitters, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wrexham, Shropshire, Cheshire West, Mid Wales, North Wales, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion
Conifer Damp Proofing – November 2011 Blog: As the year ends it's time to start putting plans into place for your damp proofing projects for 2012.Did you know that, as damp proofing specialists, Conifer can provide commercial damp proofing services for large projects such as underground car parks and hotel basements, as well as domestic damp proofing, waterproofing and tanking?Such projects often require advance planning and preparation, and, as damp proofing is one of the first stages of most commercial projects of this type, it's best to get in touch as soon as possible. Our team of damp.... Read More
Updates from Conifer Damp Proofing – Autumn 2011: It's been a busy year for Conifer and we're currently planning our schedule for 2012.A brief update to our Blog to keep you posted on what's been happening:We've seen more requests this year than ever before for mortgage-related damp surveys. Many mortgage lenders will now only approve lending if certain conditions are met, and signs of damp in purchased properties is one of the criteria which is now becoming increasingly prevalent.Conifer can survey and report on damp issues in properties and produce written specifications and recommendations.... Read More
Do you have a damp, disused basement?: Increase the value of your home with a luxury basement conversion by Conifer.Did you know that a well-finished basement conversion could add 20-30% to the value of your home?*Particularly in towns and cities, where more living space is always welcome, you may be surprised at the difference a basement conversion can make to your property.Specialists in completely effective membrane damp proofing methods, and using the latest membrane damp proofing technology, Conifer''s team of experts will convert your disused basement to the living space of your.... Read More
How does Conifer's Renovation and Damp Proofing work?: When a damp proofing or renovation project is being undertaken, homeowners naturally want to know more about the people carrying out the work. This trust is extremely important, and our advice when planning work on your property is to ask the company you invite to quote for the work certain questions to give you peace of mind and confidence in their quality of service. Are they adequately insured? Will they use quality materials? Do they have references from previous customers? Do they offer guarantees? Are they easily contactable by telephone.... Read More
Recent Blog Posts From Conifer Damp Proofing: July 2012: StormDry: Breathable Protection Against Penetrating Damp & Even FloodsWe explain the benefits of waterproofing treatment StormDry and how it can be used to prevent penetrating damp in stone and brick. StormDry is a water-repellent cream used to protect masonry against penetrating damp and rain. Invisible once applied, this waterproofing treatment penetrates deeply into brick or stone creating a breathable barrier against water ingress.Keeping the stone or brickwork dry with StormDry waterproofing cream effectively increases energy efficiency.... Read More
Rendering and Damp Injection March 2010 Blog: For more please see: http://damp-proofing-basement-conversion.blogspot.com/At Conifer Property Services we, as do most damp proofing contractors, still get involved in the old 'damp inject and render' solution for many of our jobs. Sometimes this is due to costs or site conditions, the length of time the treatment needs to last or myriad other constraints. Many damp companies only do this kind of work because it's probably the cheapest method and it's the price that gets them the business! Fair enough! It really is 'horses for courses' though..... Read More
Damp Proofing February 2010 Blog: Damp proofing walls Hi Folks! We recently damp proofed a farm house in Wales where the west facing walls had been allowing water penetration for many years despite the owners' varied and best efforts! The house was originally slate tiled down that face but the many holes in the wall behind were a breeding ground for rats. Once the slates were removed the west elevation had a few windows blocked up (badly, unfortunately) and the walls were painted with an, allegedly, waterproof paint. The problem with this house was three-fold: Firstly, there.... Read More
Damp Proofing January 2010 Blog: Welcome to our blog! For more please visit: http://damp-proofing-basement-conversion.blogspot.com/We are a property improvement company specialising in damp proofing, basement and cellar conversions, barn and loft conversions and similar. The reason for our blog is to reach out to people who either have a problem with damp in the home, or simply wish to improve their home by turning a disused basement or loft into something special like a home gym, home cinema, home office, games room, etc! It is common knowledge now that damp can.... Read More
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