Construction techniques for waterproofing basement
14 Apr 2020

What is Basement Waterproofing and Basement Tanking?

While any room in the property is susceptible to suffering from damp issues, the basement is arguably the most likely space in the building for problems to crop up. This is due to the fact that, typically, basements are based below ground level wh...

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Basement home theatre in new luxury house
02 Apr 2020

10 Basement and Cellar Conversion Ideas

Basements and cellars are often neglected spaces in the home, which is one of the reasons why so many households with these spaces suffer from damp issues, as they are left forgotten about and unventilated. However, with a little bit of TLC and a ...

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Detail of Common Furniture Beetle Damage
29 Mar 2020

Can Woodworm be Harmful to Humans?

Naked to the human eye, the woodworm that infests timber structures in the home is actually beetle larvae that have hatched from eggs. Often, the first signs of woodworm are the small holes left behind once the larvae have fully grown and left the...

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Sunset over meadow with dandelions
17 Mar 2020

Damp in the Summer – What to Watch Out For

Contrary to popular belief, during the summer months, homes and business premises are just as susceptible to damp as rainy autumn or winter. Wet walls, damp patches and mould growth can all remain equally prevalent and, in some environments, they ...

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woodworm
08 Mar 2020

How to Know if Your Property is Suffering From Woodworm

Rather than being an actual worm, woodworm is actually a larvae beetle that eats wood, both indoors and outdoors. There are a few different conditions present in homes and properties that can lead to infestations, so it is importa...

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woodworm
24 Feb 2020

The Long Term Effects of Untreated Woodworm

Woodworm is a common issue that can affect almost any household. Often, you only realise that you have a problem months maybe years after the first infestation has occurred. Many wonder whether woodworm is harmful to humans or whe...

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Big wet spots and cracks on the ceiling of the domestic house
17 Feb 2020

How to Stop Water From Seeping Through Basement Walls and Floors

It doesn’t take a lot for water to find its way into your basement, with minor cracks as small as just an eighth of an inch wide providing enough of an opening for moisture to seep through. Here at Garratt’s Damp, we routinely survey propertie...

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bathroom wall covered with rising damp
11 Feb 2020

Does Home Insurance Cover Rising Damp?

The chances are that your home insurance does not cover the potential risk of rising damp in the home. This is because, when signing your policy, you will have agreed to a list of assumptions that your property is in a ‘good condition’. If you...

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damp-proof-course
21 Jan 2020

What is a Damp Proof Course (DPC)?

Having a high-quality damp proof course (DPC) is essential for maintaining a healthy and structurally sound property. Whilst not commonly spoken about by property owners, DPCs play a key role in almost all buildings, so it makes sense to ...

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18 Jan 2020

How to Diagnose the Different Types of Damp

Whether you are looking to buy a home to live in, rent out or renovate as a project, it is always important to survey the property before committing to buy. Here in the UK, especially London, there is a wide range of houses on the market from...

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