17 May 2022

How to Identify Different Wood-Boring Insects

Notice: Undefined index: container in /var/www/html/wp-content/themes/garrattsdamp/functions.php on line 259 Upon noticing signs of wood-boring beetles, your first thought likely turns to how to get rid of them. Different wood bugs cause different types of damage, which may lead to differing UK wood-boring beetle treatments. As…

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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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rising damp on the wall
08 Dec 2021

Penetrating Damp vs Rising Damp

There are three main types of damp most homeowners will encounter at some stage: condensation, penetrating damp, and rising damp. Condensation is easy to identify and it’s also easy to prevent and treat, but penetrating and rising damp are a bit more complex, and to…

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damp wall
04 Dec 2021

Signs Your DPC is Compromised

Every house built in the UK after the late Victorian era was constructed with a DPC (damp proof course). It became mandatory in London in 1875 and the rest of the UK soon followed suit in a bid to try and prevent moisture from making…

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construction worker installing and waterproofing flat roof
23 Nov 2021

How To Waterproof Your House for Winter

As we approach winter, more rainy days are pending, putting our houses at risk of letting water in. In order to prevent this, we must pay closer attention to our home’s exterior to identify gateways for water which could cause damage to our structure’s integrity.…

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black mould under wallpaper
01 Nov 2021

Is DIY Damp Proofing a Good Idea?

Is DIY Damp Proofing a Good Idea? Damp is a common issue that many homeowners face, whether they live in a suburban flat or a seaside bungalow. It can affect properties of every age, new or old, although some buildings are more susceptible damp based…

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Waterproofing a cellar
15 Oct 2021

How to Waterproof a Cellar

Most newbuild homes in the UK are not built with cellars, with a growing tendency being to build up rather down to reduce costs and provide more floorspace. In centuries past, some Victorian and Georgian houses were built with cellars to accommodate living space for…

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New House Wall Crack Near Window Frame
06 Sep 2021

How to Repair Structural Cracks in Walls

Most houses and properties in the UK have cracks in the walls. There are a number of different types of cracks that are classified by the BRE Digest 251 Assessment of Cracks in Houses, ranging from hairline cracks to those that need structural repair. The…

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Wood Roof Girders With Woodworm
01 Sep 2021

How to Tell if Woodworm is Active

Woodworm is a common problem and one that we come across on a regular basis as part of our woodworm treatment service. We often hear people question whether they need to enlist the help of woodworm specialists, and this is because signs of woodworm may…

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Ply wood applied waterproofing a basement
30 Aug 2021

How Much Does it Cost to Tank a Basement?

At Garratt’s Damp & Timber, we routinely carry out basement tanking. It’s an essential waterproofing technique used on properties with a below ground level. Unlike other types of damp proofing, not much is widely known about how to tank a basement in the UK, largely…

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