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24 Feb 2023

What Are The Effects Of Dampness On Health?

With stories making the national news headlines of young children becoming ill and dying due to the effect of damp and mould in their homes, it is more important than ever for contractors maintaining social housing to assess and remedy the health risks of dampness…

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11 Jul 2022

What Qualifications/Accreditations Can a Surveyor Gain?

When it comes to damp proofing basement tanking, there are understandably many qualifications and accreditations attached to such. Learning how to tank a basement room properly is an intricate process, which is why there are various qualifications that surveyors for basement tanking companies can gain.…

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23 Jun 2022

The Differences Between Basements and Cellars

As one of the top basement tanking companies in the Greater London area, we often hear the terms “basement” and “cellar” used interchangeably. Despite this, the definition of each term separates them from one another, setting a fully tanked basement apart from a tanked cellar.…

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17 Jun 2022

What Happens if You Leave Damp Untreated?

Structural dampness is an incredibly common problem in properties around the world; however, not everyone knows how to deal with it. Although it can be tempting to simply ignore your damp problem, any form of damp will only worsen when left untreated. As a result,…

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Water drops on a waterproof surface
17 Jun 2022

The Difference Between Water Resistant and Waterproof

One way to refer to the various types of basement tanking is “waterproofing” or “damp proofing”, but what level of protection does this provide to your home? Does a tanking system in basement waterproofing ensure fool proof protection against the threat of water ingress or…

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Penetrating damp through ceiling
10 Feb 2022

Penetrating Damp FAQs

Penetrating damp is one of the most common types of damp a property owner is likely to face, but despite its prevalence, the issue can be fairly complex which leaves many people confused and unknowledgeable on the topic. How can it be identified? What causes…

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Wet rot timber wood on porch structure
10 Feb 2022

Wet Rot FAQs

A Garratt’s Damp & Timber, we are experts in all aspects of damp proofing. This includes timber issues like wet rot. We are often called out to properties that are experiencing issues with wood rot, and more specifically, wet rot. It’s a common issue that…

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Dry Rot on wooden floor and wall
10 Feb 2022

Dry Rot FAQs

Dry rot is a form of fungal decay that attacks timber and digests the strength-providing parts of the wood. Though it’s common knowledge that dry rot is detrimental to the structural integrity of a building, for many of us, the knowledge ends there. We’re all…

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damp and wall on ceiling and round windows
15 Dec 2021

How to Dry Out Damp Walls

Damp is a common problem that many homeowners face, with one of the most prevalent symptoms being damp wallpaper or wet plaster, wet timber etc. If your walls are wet, there’s a high chance you’re dealing with either rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation or a…

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05 Dec 2021

Do Wood Rot Treatment Sprays Work?

Timber is widely used throughout housing structures; however, this material must undergo wood treatment to stop rot. This is one of the primary threats to household timber, and it can present itself in the form of wet rot and dry rot. If you suspect that…

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