Which damp proof course is right for my property?
What is a damp proof course?
A damp proof course is a type of damp treatment barrier that protects your property against the effects of rising damp. As brickwork is porous, without an effective damp proof course you run the risk of groundwater being absorbed through your masonry due to capillary action and causing damp to appear on your inner wall and causing potential damage to your timber structure.
Most modern properties will have had a damp proof course installed during construction, however, there’s always the risk that it may become damaged and ineffective. Click here to find out how you can tell if your damp proof course has failed.
If you have any enquiries regarding the failure of your property's damp proof course in Dorset or Hampshire, don't hesitate to contact our team of experts on 01202 57737. We are happy to provide you with the guidance you are looking for.
What are the different damp proof courses available?
There are several different types of damp proof course, all employing different methods of damp proofing:
Steel or plastic damp proof course
When a property is built, the builders will usually install a damp proof course made of either steel or plastic. Over time, there’s the risk of holes forming in this barrier which can cause it to be less effective. As these are installed during construction, they are difficult to replace and repair without the assistance of an experienced tradesman.
Electro osmotic damp proof course
An electro osmotic damp proof course generates an electric current between the wall and earth to provide interference, preventing damp from rising through the masonry. This method of damp proofing is well-suited to buildings with a wall thickness of 600mm or more, and is a popular choice for historic buildings because signs of the damp proof course can be well hidden.
A chemical damp proof course injection involves injecting a silicone based liquid through holes drilled into the mortar joints of your property. The benefits of a chemical damp proof course include speed, ease and cost, as compared to more intrusive damp proofing methods, a chemical damp proof course involves minimal time and work to install but is just as effective as other methods.
Whilst there are many DIY chemical damp proof courses available on the market, we suggest you call upon an experienced damp expert to help with installation. Poorly installed DIY damp proof courses make up some of the most frequent enquiries we receive, and it is easy to get wrong if you are not experienced.
Our chemical damp proof course injections come with a 20 year guarantee, so why not take the pressure off yourself and place your damp problem in the hands of a professional? We have been providing effective damp proof courses for clients in Dorset and Hampshire for over a decade. Contact us today on 01202 737737.