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Providing high quality damp proofing products to solve for a wide range of problems including, rising damp, condensation, basement flooding and masonry water sealing..


What are the different types of damp?

Posted by Ashvini Vyas on January 12, 2012 (0 Comments)

We love our homes a lot and do everything to make it beautiful forever but our home walls are always prone to rising damp. Many of you might not be aware of damp that counted as enemy of your home walls. Actually, rising damp caused due to ground water that moves up through the walls. But you can protect your home walls by inserting a damp-proof course, and it’s an application of horizontal plastic or slate strip inserted into the walls. In case you forget to insert that then your home walls or surrounding walls may suffer from rising damp. There are different kinds of damp mainly three types such as rising damp, penetrating damp, and condensation. Suppose, you plan to work out to treat the damp that is affecting your home walls then you need to realize the type of damp which is affecting your walls. No doubt you will not be aware of such information but your reputable damp specialist can help you out.

Usually, you must have come across damaged skirting boards and floor boards, crumbling or salt stained plaster, and peeling paint and wall paper etc. are some most common symptoms of rising damp. Penetrating damp caused due to water leakage through the walls, and at times by structural problems also such as faulty guttering or roofing in buildings. But damp expert believes that condensation is one of the most common types among them, and is caused due to moist air condensing on walls. You will find such type of damp mainly in winter season. So, if you really love your home and want to protect your property then just grab some valuable information about types of damp and do the much needed acts required to shield your home walls.


How can tanking keep your cellars dry

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

People who own cellars or any other type of underground structures know how daunting it can be to get the water out once it gets in. And the reason why the water comes in, especially if this is a major issue, with significant amounts of water finding its way inside is that the proper tanking hasn’t been done. tanking is in fact a combination of measures for preventing the water from getting inside your cellar, or at least it should be.

Namely, many people think that there are miraculous ways to protect your basement from intrusion of water. There are many types of slurry and other kinds of “snake-oil” solutions that claim they will stop your basement flooding issues once and for all. This is not the case. Namely, tanking should include several elements, such as certain waterproof membranes, well-executed drainage system and inclusion of certain chemicals that will help get rid of the increased salt content that gets in together with water.

There are many different membranes and barriers that can be installed and you should choose according to your budget. The most important part is not exactly what the tanking materials are made from, but how expertly the tanking has been done. A botched tanking job can render any tanking solution useless and a good tanking job can turn a less-than-great tanking solution into a great solution.


Different damp proofing materials in short lines

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

We can all agree that damp proofing is one of the biggest issues all house owners face during their stay, especially if they live in areas with high humidity and in objects that are somewhat past their prime. There is very much possibility that such objects have not been damp proofed properly when built, namely that they do not contain a proper damp proof course. These damp proof courses have been made from such damp proofing materials like lead, or slate, while today, we use materials such as bitumen and certain polythene-based materials that are much more efficient in providing the building with a damp proof course.

However, once the damp issues has already arisen, there are different ways of dealing with it and therefore, different damp proofing materials that can be used in order to alleviate this problem.

The first most common way of dealing with damp is by using damp proof membranes. These physical barriers are made from such efficient and technologically advanced damp proofing materials such as polypropylene, polythene and other materials that were designed not to let any moisture through.

Another very common solution for damp issues, especially if the buildings with brick and mortar are in question are certain chemical solutions that are injected in the walls and meant to block any further moisture penetration and spreading.

Of course, there is also an old-fashioned way of painting on bitumen, which is one of the oldest damp proofing materials used.


What exactly is a damp proof course?

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

Damp is one of those issues that almost every house owner gets into contact at least once during their residing in a certain house. There are many factors that can contribute to the raising damp, such as the natural humidity in the area and in the ground, bridging that can happen because of the raising of the external ground level and the floor levels inside the house, or a simple failure of the Damp Proof Course . And here we come to the issue that is of interest to us in this article – the Damp Proof Course .

Namely, the Damp Proof Course , also commonly called DPC is a protective layer which is built into the walls or the floor of the house, most effectively in both of those, which protects the interior of the house from being affected by the moisture. It is made from materials that are impervious to the moisture and by including the Damp Proof Course in the fabric of the house, the raising of the damp is effectively prevented.

It has been made from materials such as lead or slate, but the newer buildings employ modern materials, such as polythene-based materials or bitumen. If you want to make sure your house is “green”, you can even get a Damp Proof Course that is made from recycled plastic. A properly done damp proof course can prevent many issues with damp and it is the most important parts of building a house that is going to be free from problems that arise from damp.


When are Newlath membranes used?

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

Damp is a problem for many house owners, especially if the houses were not properly damp proofed when built, or if the circumstances are such that the damp simply cannot be avoided. The damping issue does not merely include water and moisture, but also salts that get in there along with the water. This creates patches and stains that look disgusting, but which also can be quite detrimental for the health of the people living in the house, as they affect the quality of air and can also cause mold. This is why the issue of damp has to be addressed and damp proofing membranes are one of the best ways to accomplish that.

Newlath membranes are a special range of products from the John Newton company, which is the leader in the field of damp proofing membranes. Like other membranes, Newlath membranes also offer physical barrier between the damp and the finish of the walls. By doing so, they effectively prevent the moisture from getting inside, and they can even be used on the outside, in order to protect houses which have low-quality mortaring done.

One of the main advantages of Newlath membranes is the fact that they are meshed, which makes them a perfect base for certain finishes, such as dot and dab plasterboard, rendering and plastering. Another great quality of Newlath membranes is the fact that they are made to last. Namely, they will last you at least for 50 years as they are made from the highest quality materials, using the latest technology.


Why is a damp proofing course so important?

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

There are many reasons why damp proofing course is important; of course the main one being that it prevents the raising damp to have an effect on the building in question. Raising dap is in fact the capillary spreading of the moisture coming from the ground into the walls of the building, which can lead to serious damp issues around the place, which not only looks very ugly, but can also have adverse effects to the health of the people living in the building in question. And a damp proofing course is the best way to prevent this, as it is much better to prevent the issue than address it later. This is true because no solution to this problem can be as effective as preventing it in the first place.

A damp proofing course is in fact a layer of materials that cannot be penetrated by moisture and it is most commonly laid some 6 inches from the ground. Historically, materials such as slate or lead have been used for making the damp proofing course, but today, materials such as bitumen, or some polythene-based materials are used for this purpose. You can even get a damp proofing course made from recycled plastic, if you are concerned with the “green” issue.

No matter what it is made from, a damp proofing course is crucial for protecting the building from damp and it is one of the most important issues to look out for when building.


What can water seal solutions do for your damp issues?

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

If you are residing in a house that is older than 15, 20 years and if you are living in an area with average to high humidity, it is very likely that you are having issues with damp. This is one of those issues that no house owner can avoid and it can be quite a big issue if not addressed properly and on time.

The damp usually comes as a result of the damp proof course not done properly or being deteriorated over the years. Of course, it can also happen due to raising ground levels, which leads to the bridging of the DPC. There are other possible causes for the appearance of damp, but these can be prevented and solved easily.

However, once you have issues with damp, it is very important to do something about it, and quick. There are many solutions to this, and one of the easiest and the most elegant is a water seal.

A water seal is usually a silicone-based solution that is applied either to the exterior or the interior surfaces of the wall and it is most efficient when applied to both. It does not only result in damp proofing, but it also protects the walls from any atmospheric water, such as from rains and it even protects from frost which can be detrimental for the brickwork.

All in all, it is an elaborate way of protecting your house from damp.


John Newton membranes for all your damp proofing needs

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

If you are living in a house that is older than 20, 30 years and especially if it was built significantly before that, when the building regulations were much more lenient, then there is a lot of chance that you are battling damp. There are different causes for damp and it would be futile to go over all of them in this article. However, what we would like to do is to introduce you to one of the best ways of damp proofing your house, a way that is very simple and yet very, very efficient – damp proofing membranes, of more precisely, John Newton membranes.

John Newton is the leading manufacturer of damp proofing membranes and their range of products will suit pretty much everyone’s needs. Now, what exactly are John Newton membranes? Well, these are physical barriers that are installed either in the walls or in the floor, preventing the damp and any moisture from passing through and affecting the floor and the wall finishes. These John Newton membranes can be used on their own, while it would be best to combine them with other damp proofing methods in case the damp problem is very severe.

There are different types of John Newton membranes, such as unmeshed or meshed, which are used when different kinds of finish are to be applied, but they all have one thing in common- they are without a shadow of doubt, one of the easiest and the most efficient way of damp proofing. 


What damp proof membranes can do for you?

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

Do not make a mistake of thinking that damp is only a matter of appearance. Granted, it does look ugly, especially if your problem is an extensive one, but you must never forget about the health issues that arise from raising damp. Namely, damp can cause mold which is more than detrimental for the respiratory system and even if it doesn’t cause mold, damp can adversely affect the quality of air in the building. These are all reasons why this issue needs to be addressed as soon and as efficiently as possible and damp proof membranes are definitely among the most efficient solutions to this problem.

The name damp proof membranes pretty much tells the whole story. Namely, these products are physical membranes that stand between the damp-affected areas of the walls or the floor and the new finish that you will put over the membranes. Some damp proof membranes can even be installed externally, thus providing protection of the block wall that hasn’t been mortared properly. However, they are most commonly installed on the interior, as an immediate precursor to the finishing layer.

The array of different damp proof membranes is a wide one and you need to know which type is going to suit you the best, will it be the meshed one or the non-meshed one, made from which materials and so on. However, you can always count on the damp proof membranes to provide you with protection that no other damp proofing solution can.


Stay dry with damp proofing membranes

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

Many people think that damp is nothing but an appearance issue. And while it is true that the areas of your house affected by damp look ugly and unattractive, the fact is that damp can also have some much more serious consequences. Namely, damp can lead to mold and a much lower quality of air, which can be very detrimental for the health of the residents. That is why it is necessary to everything possible to damp proof your place.

One of the easiest and the most hassle-free ways to battle the damp is by installing damp proofing membranes whose name pretty much tells the whole tale. Namely, these are sheets of synthetic material which are designed in such a way as to physically prevent the damp from having any effect on the new finish. Namely, the damp proofing membranes are installed just underneath the finish and they work best if they are combined with another form of damp proofing.

It has to be noted that there are a number of different damp proofing membranes on the market and that one has to be careful when choosing the right one for their needs. Some of them are more convenient for certain kinds of finishes that will go over them, while some are even required by building requirements in case the house is protected.

It really is as simple as it seems and it also works.


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