Damp Proofing in Reading
Biocraft is a leading damp proofing contractor offering a wide range of damp surveys and damp proofing services in Reading.
Before undertaking any remedial damp proofing action, it’s important to ascertain the source of water or moisture ingress. There could be one or more causes including penetrating damp, plumbing defects, condensation, bridging of the damp proof course (DPC) or absence of effective damp proofing.
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Damp proofing company in Reading
Biocraft is a full member of the Property Care Association (PCA), formerly the British Wood Preservation and Damp Proofing Association (BWPDA), the Basement Waterproofing Association (BWA), the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Constructionline. We are TrustMark approved to carry out damp proofing surveys and damp proofing works for local authorities and mortgage companies
Dampness in buildings
A specialist damp survey should identify the possible source(s) of damp and recommend corrective action. This may include repairing external/internal defects, reducing external ground levels to below the level of the damp proof course, improving heating and ventilation, fitting French drains or installing a chemical damp proof course.
Movement of moisture or the presence of excessive amounts of moisture in building materials can result in salt staining, plaster deterioration or spoiling of decorations. Timbers that are subjected to continual dampness are at risk from wood destroying fungi (wet and dry rot).
Moisture could pass into the fabric of a building, resulting in dampness. This can occur through many routes including building defects, broken or leaking pipes, poor maintenance and lack of effective damp proofing measures.
Valuation and building surveys will frequently identify damp in properties and recommend a specialist damp proofing survey be carried out by a PCA and BWPDA approved company.
Specialist damp surveys in Reading should be carried out by a qualified damp proofing surveyor with a minimum of a CSRT (certificated surveyor in remedial treatments) qualification as required by the Property Care Association (PCA) and the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association (BWPDA). All Biocraft surveyors have achieved the CSRT and CSSW qualification.
The most common sources of moisture ingress found in buildings include:
- Penetrating dampness
- Internal building defects
- Rising damp
- Leaks and escapes of water
Biocraft offers a wide range of damp surveys and damp proofing services in Reading and throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire. For a professional and reliable assessment, please call us on 01189 451144 or email [email protected]
Biocraft in Reading
Reading is a large, historic market town in Berkshire, South East England. The first evidence for Reading as a town dates back to the 8th century. It was an important trading and ecclesiastical centre in the medieval period and one of the largest and richest monasteries of medieval England. By 1525, Reading was the largest town in Berkshire and tax returns show that it was the 10th largest town in England when measured by taxable wealth. The medieval town was seriously affected by the English Civil War however, with a major siege and loss of trade.
The 18th century saw the beginning of a major iron works in Reading and the growth of the brewing trade for which the town was to become famous. The 19th century saw the coming of the Great Western Railway and the development of the town’s brewing, baking and seed growing businesses. During that period, the town grew rapidly as a manufacturing centre.
Today, Reading is a major commercial centre, with many companies in information technology and insurance. Despite its proximity to London, Reading has a net inward commuter flow. It’s ranked the UK’s top economic area for economic success and wellbeing, according to factors such as employment, health, income and skills.
Reading is also a major regional retail centre serving a large area of the Thames Valley and is home to the University of Reading. Every year it hosts Reading Festival, one of England’s biggest music festivals. Sporting teams based in Reading include Reading Football Club, Reading City F.C. and London Irish rugby union team. More than 15,000 runners compete in the annual Reading Half Marathon.