Rising damp specialists for Chichester, Bognor Regis, Emsworth & surrounding

Rising damp problems and living in the Chichester, Bognor Regis, or the Emsworth area? if so we have a vast experience in this field and deliver excellent workmanship to solve your rising damp issue. It's very bad for your health so cannot be left too long, call today to get our surveyor booked in to arrange a site visit and assess the situation.

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What is rising damp?

Rising dampness is caused when water from the ground spreads into the brickwork by means of capillary action rising through fine pores in the walling and masonry. The height of the rising dampness will be influenced both by the amount of moisture in the soil, the height of the water table and any leaks in below ground level drainage. The maximum height that would be expected is 1200mm under normal conditions.

Signs of rising damp..

The first signs of dampness are usually associated with visible staining and discoloration of internal decorations or, in more severe cases, damage to plasterwork caused through salt contamination and deterioration of skirting boards.

Rising damp can occur for a number of reasons – the absence or failure of an existing damp proof course, bridging either by high ground levels where soil levels have been built up over the years, or new pathways or paving. Bridging can also occur internally at wall/floor junctions especially where there are solid floors or original floors have been laid and do not link up to the wall damp proof course. Condensation dampness and plumbing leaks can also create a rising damp scenario therefore it is important to investigate thoroughly to ensure correct diagnosis. If left unchecked it will rot any floor timbers and other interior timber it comes into contact with. A lack of ventilation will encourage and support the development of wet rot and dry rot. Rising damp also carries with it ground salts, including chlorides and nitrates. These salts by their nature are hygroscopic, i.e. will attract moisture to them from the atmosphere leading to further dampness especially in conditions of high relative humidity. In addition the cyclical nature of crystallisation and rewetting can ruin decorations and break down internal plaster.

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We have every aspect of the damp proofing & condensation sector covered in the Chichester & Bognor Regis area, rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation control, structural waterproofing, wet & dry rot timber, remedial works, structural repairs, crack stitching, rendering. You can put your mind at rest knowing that we have 6 million pound liability insurance, & 10 million employers liability insurance.

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Penetrating damp

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Structural repairs

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Testimonials

Please view below a few recent testimonials, please see more by clicking the check-a-trade links...

Client in Bognor Regis, See More...Check-a-trade

Building Chimney; Removing existing and Re-rendering outside wall; Installing new window and making good; Removing internal wall and making good; Some Internal plastering; Clearing Cavities; Damp Proofing; “Richard and his team did a really good job of all the work. Very polite, courteous and accommodating. I'd have no hesitation having them back to do more work and would definitely recommend them to friends.”

Client in Portsmouth, See More... Check-a-trade

Installed Kair Flat Ventilation System, “Work was carried out efficiently and neatly and clearly every effort had been made to clean up afterwards. The work took longer than scheduled - into second day - due to difficulty boring holes through re-inforced concrete (not anticipated) but this did not inconvenience me as flat is unoccupied at present. Allround a very friendly and helpful workforce. Very satisfied with outcome and would recommend this firm.”

Client In Climping, See More... Check-a-tarde

Fixing a damp problem and re-plastering, “We had a damp problem in our hallway and a number of contractors looked and quoted for the work. Top Joints were the only company to properly look into what had caused the problem and did not automatically assume we had rising damp (old house, no DPC). It turns out a leaking stop cock was causing a localised problem, yet everyone else tried to sell us a DPC. Once the real problem had been identified, Top Joints' quote and plan of remedial action was very competitive and we were happy to give them the work. Everyone we dealt with was courteous and polite and queries were responded to quickly and professionally. I would recommend Top Joints.”

Client In Southsea, See More... Check-a-trade

Fitted a kair track heat recovery ventilation system K-HRVF100, “Good humoured team who were a pleasure to have in the house. Disruption was minimal despite working in three separate rooms and the loft. This included cutting through three ceilings and fitting inlet and outlet vents through external walls. Kept informed of progress during the day. Quickly resolved small technical issue after installation. Would thoroughly recommend this company..”