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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Covering up damp and the problems this can cause

failure to cover up damp

Many of our customers suffer from damp problems which have been covered over with stud walling. Beware of this! For years many general builders have used this method to hide a plethora of damp problems. They simply build a timber stud wall in front of the problem believing that because the exterior damp wall is not touching the studwork it has solved the problem.

This can prove very problematic in damp buildings and usually the worse the damp problem, the less time this 'fix' works. What happens is that the damp continues to seep into the building behind the stud wall and then, in a confined space without ventilation, mould growth occurs and steadily gets worse! In some cases we have seen, the rooms have become virtually uninhabitable due to the overpowering damp smells and spores in the air, even to the point of causing respiratory problems for the poor owners. Unfortunately for the customer this can take time to take effect and by then the company that 'fixed' the problem is long gone and you have to pay again for reparations; this reparation work will normally require taking the stud walls apart (destroying your decoration) and doing the whole job again from scratch with the addition of a damp proofing solution.

There are also other issues; for example, you may not need to lose 6" of your room to a modern stud-wall if other methods can be employed. This can be particulary important where the customer owns an older, character property and is told that they have to have new, flat stud walling where all of the shapes and features that made them buy the property in the first place used to be!

Please note:
This is not a slight on general builders of which there are many, many excellent ones, we are simply saying that damp proofing is specialist work - you wouldn't get an electrician to do your plumbing would you? Do it right, do it once!

See more information about damp proofing and damp treatments on our blog

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