Damp Proofing in Stanley

The aim of Prime Plastering is to provide specialist damp and timber surveys, reports and/or quotes for damp proofing in Stanley alongside information and advice on how to cure rising damp in Stanley, beetle infestation (woodworm), dry rot, timber decay and condensation. We carry out timber treatments and damp-proofing for homeowners, property managers, building firms, property developers, owners of commercial premises and local housing associations. In addition to undertaking specialist damp-proofing and timber treatments in Stanley, we offer damp and timber surveys for pre-purchase & re-mortgage needs when dampness & timber problems have been included in the home-buyers survey report. Free surveys and plain English reports are handled quickly and proficiently. You will find that our care and commitment to your solution is apparent from survey to completion.


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We guarantee all work carried out, and can offer underwritten guarantees which are related to the home, not the owner.

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Dampness inside the house may be broken down into 4 main types;

  • Rising Damp
  • Penetrating Damp
  • Structural Damp
  • Condensation

Contact Prime Plastering

Prime Plastering
5 Jubilee Terrace
Stanley, County Durham
Phone: 07922 286 920

Mob: 07922 286 920

What is Rising Damp?

Rising Damp occurs in structures when water from the earth rises up through the bricks and mortar of a building by capillary actions, in the same manner that a sponge will soak up water from the ground.

How do I determine whether I have Rising Damp?

As a home owner you can use specific visual and touch signs to help establish rising damp. The normal symptoms include:

• Wallpapers coming off or peeling from the walls
• Damp patches and staining around 1 metre up a wall from the floor
• Tide marks on the wall space up to 1 metre caused by evaporation and salts from the ground.
• Decayed skirting boards

If you believe you could have Rising Damp then contact us now to organise a Survey for damp proofing in Stanley.
Penetrating Damp


Penetrating Damp in Stanley

rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation and structural damp all require rapid engagement of damp proofing in stanleyRain penetration (better known as penetrating damp) is a common type of dampness in homes. It can manifest through walls, roofing or openings like window reveals. Water will usually enter the exterior envelope of a building and travel indoors.

Typical causes of penetrating damp include:

  • Roof problems such as faulty flashing, broken or lost slates or tiles.
  • Defects in brickwork or masonry, damaged pointing, porous bricks etc.
  • Missing or faulty mastic around doors and windows.

To get professional guidance on your how you can deal with structural damp in your property book a no-obligation survey for damp proofing in Stanley.


Condensation in Stanley

Condensation in Stanley isn’t only a nuisance, if neglected it can cause significant problems to the occupants, the furniture, the decoration and the very structure of a building. Condensation on windows typically leads to quicker corrosion to the lower sections of window casings, condensation on ceilings and walls causes mould and damage to to the plaster, condensation on the undersides of roof surfaces causes rot and decay in the loft. Damp properties will cost more to heat and spores from mould can lead to medical problems. How to stop condensation is an important question.

Causes of Condensation In Buildings

Condensation in homes comes from water vapour in the air cooling and precipitating into water in cooler parts of the building or on cool surfaces like windows. All occupied houses will contain water vapour, it comes from our cooking, bathing and breathing.

Buildings with poorly insulated walls and poor ventilation are particularly vulnerable to this issue. It often triggers damage in a building comparable to penetrating or rising damp and it usually appears in the same places. Condensation is the biggest source of mould in properties.


How to Stop Condensation in Stanley

Condensation is normally part of a complex damp house problem and may be the result of several factors. Condensation at the base of external walls is often mistaken for rising damp and costly damp proofing isn’t going to remedy this problem. The initial step is to get expert advice and correctly understand cause and extent of the damp problem, and to help with this our company offers a no-obligation damp survey. One of our qualified surveyors will visit your property and provide an independent assessment of the damp problem. We asses the overall damp problem and recommend a guaranteed solution along with a no-obligation quote for undertaking the job. Often the solution is a Dry Air ventilation system.

Contact Prime Plastering

With over 20 years experience int he provision of damp proofing in Stanley, we’re the name you can depend on to keep your property performing to the best of its abilities. If you have something that you might want to ask our team, we’d love to hear it. Please get in touch via our Contact Page. Our guarantee to you is that the results of our work will last for up to 30 years, meaning you’ll be able to relax, safe in the knowledge that your home is safeguarded.


Structural Damp in Stanley

What is Structural Damp?

Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building. A large percentage of damp problems in homes are caused by condensation, rain penetration or rising damp.

Effects of Structural Damp

Dampness tends to do secondary damage to a building. The unwanted moisture enables the growth of numerous fungi in wood, causing rot or mould, these can lead to health concerns and will at some point lead to ‘sick building syndrome’.

Prevalent effects of structural damp include:

  • Plaster and paint damage
  • Wallpaper becomes loose
  • Staining from water, salts and mould mark surface areas
  • Concentrations of airborne mould that once inhaled may cause severe health effects on people and domestic pets
  • Exterior mortar and brickwork may crumble
  • Indoor air quality may become very poor which in turn might cause respiratory illness in occupants
  • Excess moisture leads to growth of microorganisms like mould, fungi and bacteria which subsequently emit spores, cells and volatile organic compound in to the indoor air.
  • To get expert advice on the best way to treat structural damp in your building book a no-obligation survey


Woodworm Treatments in Stanley

You might not realise that you have a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification and treatment is important before they trigger more damage.

Different wood boring pests prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to establish what kind of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar whilst others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Whatever the species, all of them will leave some signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.


There are many tell tale signs that can help you identify woodworm and a potential woodworm infestation. They include:

  • Small rounded exit holes in your woodwork, very similar to the holes in a dart board.
  • Fine, powdery dust around these holes (known as frass).
  • Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
  • Tunnels inside the timber
  • Weak and damaged wood or flooring.
  • Adult woodworm beetles surfacing from divots within the timber.
  • Dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation or on window sills

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