Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW DOES DAMP PROOFING WORK?
As damp proofing experts, we are specialists in detecting damp and in recommending and installing the right kind of treatments to tackle the various causes of damp in a property.
Damp proofing works by preventing moisture from entering and rising up the walls of a building.
Where there is rising damp, a damp proofing injection is a fast, efficient form of preventing moisture from continuing to spread.
It involves drilling strategic holes in the affected wall then injecting a silicon-based, damp proof cream into these holes.
The cream then permeates the masonry of the building, creating a barrier that is water-repellent.
Another damp proofing method is to install a damp proof membrane to create a barrier between a concrete sub-floor and the floor covering that goes on top of it. This barrier then stops moisture from passing from one surface to another.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU WAIT TO DECORATE AFTER DAMP PROOFING?
Once a wall has had a damp proof course, it will then require re-plastering.
After this, there has to be a period of complete drying-out before you can decorate it.
If you are planning on permanent wallpapering, you may need to wait as long as 12 months to ensure the damp proof course is completely dry.
If, however, you are decorating using a water-permeable emulsion paint, you can redecorate once all the visible signs of damp have disappeared.
This is usually between 4 and 8 weeks.
The amount of time you need to wait can also be affected by how thick your walls are. If you are unsure, feel free to ask us!