If you are a regular reader at Garratt’s Damp, you’ll more than likely be familiar with the term “Damp Proof Course” (DPC) but you may not be aware of how important having a high-quality DPC is for your home. Should your Damp Proof Course be compromised or “bridged” – you’ll soon find you have damp problems in your home.
If you’ve noticed rising damp in your London property this could be due to damage to your Damp Proof Course or your property may not have any DPC in the first place. Having this repaired or installed will help prevent rising damp problems, allowing your walls to stay clean and free of moisture.
DPC or Damp Proof Course is the name given to the protective layer between your property and the external ground. The name applies to the application rather than the specific material used so your DPC may be different to other properties in the same area.
Most common is the physical and visible DPC, often a type of thin water-proof material such as lead-lined bitumen sheets, slate, plastic etc. When installed between the brickwork of a building near ground level, it can be known as a Damp Proof Membrane and prevents groundwater from being absorbed by capillary action from the ground.
An alternative to a physical barrier, are chemical types of DPC that are injected into brickwork – this could be the introduction of a silicone solution – for example, it can be injected near to ground level to provide a waterproof layer. This is the type of treatment your property may undergo if your damp proof membrane is damaged or missing.
There are some terms you might hear from a damp proofing contractor that may leave you perplexed but here’s a short guide and explanation to make things clearer:
When it comes to repair work or damp proofing carried out in your home, it’s good to have an idea of the type of terms that may be used so you aren’t left confused from a survey or report.
If you are looking for rising damp quotes for your London property or need to speak to a friendly team of experts regarding damp proofing, get in contact with us on 0208 535 7536.