DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL

We cater for both domestic and commercial customers with an extensive range of services, including Damp Proofing, Rising Damp treatments and Basement Tanking.

 

BASEMENT CONVERSIONS

Most families yearn for extra space as an inbuilt requirement in today’s modern world, a lot of homeowners are utilising the space they already have, by converting dingy cellars and basements into bright and cosy additional rooms instead.

 

RISING DAMP

Rising damp is an issue that can sometimes affect all buildings. It is a problem more often in older houses where the original damp proof course has become damaged.

Damp Proofing a Concrete Floor

Dealing with damp is never an easy process, especially if your damp problem is persistent. In order to resolve your issues, you have to find the origin of the damage. To add to this, it is often a necessity to incorporate various damp proofing techniques to avoid future problems.

Everyone knows that damp can cause major problems to your home and its structure. Damp can be caused by many problems within your home, including a cracked wall, faulty chimney, or a burst pipe.

As moisture can travel through concrete floors, it helps to be aware of the various treatments for damp available. Our guide deals with how damp impacts on concrete floors and what you can do to resolve these issues.

About Damp and Concrete Floors

Discovering damp or moisture within your concrete floor can cause stress. As concrete floors are particularly susceptible to rising damp, it is important to put a process in place which prevents this from happening. As concrete is a porous material, moisture can travel through to above flooring with ease.

There are considered to be two main solutions to damp concrete floors, including:

  • Digging up the flooring and installing a damp proof membrane
  • Isolating the dampness using DPM (Damp Proof Membrane)

How To Deal With Damp

All concrete flooring should have a damp proof membrane already installed. However, if you live in an older property, chances are this was never fitted. In a new property, you should be able to improve on your damp proof course. Alternatively, a substance known as epoxy resin coating will be applied.

Epoxy Resin Installation

One of the first steps to take should always be to clean the floor. Removing dirt and mildew build-up helps to remove any damage, making sure it is safe to be treated. Mould and insects often tend to be present in corners, which is why attention should be placed here. If you need deeper cleaning than bleach, you should use a rotary floor scrubber to help lift any unwanted grime.

Once clean, the concrete flooring should then be dried. A dehumidifier is the best option for drawing out water as it helps to circulate warm air, speeding up the process.

After these steps are completed then a sealant will need to be applied. Often a tricky process to undertake, you should always consult a professional.

Adding Membrane To Flooring

Whether you have a new floor or would like to upgrade an existing flooring, then adding a thin layer of membrane may be a good solution. Membrane can help to isolate the concrete from any flooring that is added above it, preventing damp and moisture.

Some of the major advantages of membrane include:

  • Simple and Fast to Install
  • Enhances Thermal and Acoustic Performance
  • Allows Finishes to be Applied Whilst Drying Out

What Are Cavity Drainage Systems?

Better suited for cellars and basements, a cavity drainage system helps to manage water ingress.  These systems protect the areas using membranes, drainage channels and a sump chamber and pump system.

It works by channelling water into a safe place to exit the building, rather than via the concrete flooring. As a permeable surface, it is important to prevent moisture from reaching this point.

A professional will work with you to install this system if required. Each basement is different and the solution suggested will vary depending on this.

Contact Us Today

If you would like to ask any questions about damp proofing for concrete flooring, call us at Aquafoss today on 01525 374406.

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Aquafoss is a family run business that has built up a reputation over the last 40 years that is second to none for our dedication to detail and highest quality workmanship.

Our team are here to make sure you get the best possible service in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding areas.