What is Damp Proofing?

Damp Proofing is a general term used to describe methods and treatments of controlling moisture that has built up within walls and floors into the interior of the property.

At Timberwise, our damp proofing specialists have tackled damp problems for almost fifty years, from the failure of a damp proof course (DPC) to high levels of water ingress and every other type of dampness in between.

It may come as no real surprise that dampness in properties is one of the most frequent problems encountered by property owners in the UK. It is essential that the correct damp proofing solutions are used to stop the damp problems affecting your property. If damp is present on walls or floors that are not treated in your property this may lead to severe structural damage. It is important to identify the damp issue as soon as possible so any future damage can be prevented.

Did You Know?

The average house in the United Kingdom is exposed to around an average of 28,000 gallons of rainwater hammering down on its exterior per year. So it’s not surprising that damp can become a major headache for any property owner.

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Damp can occur for a number of reasons but is typically as a result of a failing damp proof course (DPC), poor ventilation or poor property maintenance.

Compared to modern buildings, older housing was not specifically designed to stop damp problems by preventing the excess build-up of moisture. The reason for this is that older properties were built entirely from permeable materials with no attempt at waterproofing, unlike the construction of modern buildings.

Historically, most dampness was caused by the lack of maintenance which then led to leaks. However, the most common causes of damp are usually developed by inappropriate building work that stopped moisture escaping.

How to Damp Proof your Home

For any property owner with a damp issue, it is essential that the correct and most efficient damp proofing method is carried out to ensure that the property is made dry and damp free again. Our specialist surveyors can identify damp problems from both the interior and the exterior of the property. The surveyors will also diagnose the damp issue that is affecting your home as well as provide a report detailing which treatment needs to be carried out. By failing to recognise the issue initially and leaving it unchecked further disturbances and problems may occur. Damp can spread and progress through your property, potentially leading to more serious problems such as dry rot and wet rot.
With there being so many different types of damp that can affect your property, there are also a number of damp proofing techniques that can be used to protect your property.
At Timberwise we want to help you identify the different types of damp that can occur within a property and explain what damp treatments are available for each of these problems. You can alternatively contact our damp specialists on 0800 288 8660 or request a survey online where our team of specialists will then contact you to arrange a convenient time to visit.

Rising damp on walls

Rising Damp

Rising damp is a form of dampness that is present in walls as a result of the water underground (or next to walls) rising through the fabric of the wall.

Click below to find out more about the signs, causes and damp proofing treatments to treat a rising damp issue.

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Penetrating damp on walls

Penetrating Damp

The main solution to protecting your property from penetrating damp is to first identify the source of the water ingress that is affecting the property and then control the water ingress. The treatment for penetrating damp is very much dependent on the source of the moisture.

Click below to learn more about the symptoms of penetrating damp and what damp proofing solutions can solve these issues.

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Signs of condensation


Condensation is by far the most common causes of dampness in buildings, accounting for the majority of damp problems reported. There are 3 methods that can be used to protect your house from condensation.

For find out more about the problems associated with condensation and the methods that can be used to treat the issue click the link below.

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What to Expect from a Timberwise Damp Survey

Our Qualified Surveyors will: 

  • Identify the type of damp issue within the property
  • Investigate the causes of damp by determining the source of moisture
  • Analyse the existing damp proof course or inspect any problems with the building structure
  • Look out for potential future problems caused as a result of damp
  • Provide an initial brief of what damp treatments might be needed in the property
  • Compile a written report detailing the issues along what works need carrying out

Speak to one of our Damp Proofing Specialists

It is vital to correctly identify the damp problem you have so that the correct damp proofing solution can be put in place for your property. To correctly determine the form of damp treatment required, we recommend a Damp and Timber report from one of our qualified damp specialists.

Timberwise has over 4 decades experience in identifying and providing solutions to damp using techniques such as a damp proof course. For peace of mind that your problem is rectified, call our experts today on 0800 288 8660 or click below to arrange a damp survey online.

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