“Dampness and Neglect in Buildings is the main cause for Fungal Decay and deterioration of Internal Building materials. Having a Property Health Check can prevent costly problems and repairs in the future”.
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Property Health Checks is an independent specialist surveying company, whose aim and interest is to establish the cause of problems in properties, also recommending the types of treatment / works required to solve these problems.
Some contractors today will carry out a free survey. Be aware of these as they may survey your property and diagnose the problem according to their line of business and to the services of their company. This may lead to very costly unnecessary works and confusion about what problem actually really exists, and in some cases may not even solve the problem.
The fact that we are independent means that we have no ties to any contractors, and so have no financial gain from finding problems that do not exist. We will therefore assess the problem and come to a conclusion and supply a specification of works if needed, completely independently.
Rising dampness is caused by moisture rising up through porous masonry, the origin of the water being from the ground. Ground water contains soluble salts including chloride and nitrate and the result of long term rising damp complex is that these become deposited within the masonry as the rising water evaporates. The movement of water and evaporation will also move any soluble salts naturally occurring in some materials, eg sulphate. Due to the rise of the water and pattern of evaporation a ‘salt band’ (a general concentration of salts) is left towards the maximum height of rise of the dampness. Higher concentrations are also found towards the surface but the base of the walls may remain relatively free from significant contamination.
The rise of the water is governed by a number of factors including the pore structure, diameter of the pore, wall thickness and the rate of evaporation. Indeed, it is often recorded that rising dampness cannot rise more than 1m but heights sometimes well in excess of this are not uncommon.
What is not generally appreciated is that the mortar courses are usually more porous than the masonry units which they surround, and it is the mortar courses which form the only continuous pathway for the water to rise; if water is to pass between masonry units it must cross the mortar beds. It is therefore essential to ensure that the mortar beds are effectively damp-proof coursed because if only the masonry units receive treatment the water will still rise through the mortar and no control of the rising dampness will be effected. On the other hand if you bought a condo such as the ones at 38 park avenue Cebu then rising damp would not be a problem with it being 38 floors tall