If you need a damp proofing solution to protect your property and keep your family healthy, then the remedial specialists here at 1st Call Heritage are here to help. From tackling wet and dry rot to ridding buildings of woodworm, eradicating fungal decay, condensation control, and wall tie replacements, our capabilities are extensive. We’ve been helping customers for the last 26 years with building restoration and preservation services. 

We possess the necessary skills and expertise to perform market-leading remedial services with the view of protecting and maintaining the property. From timber preservation to damp proofing, from crack stitching to basement conversions, whatever is needed to keep your property warm and dry, count on us to do it. And with honest pricing on every job, you can trust that you’ll never pay over the odds for remedial services. 

To find out more, give 1st Call Heritage in Portsmouth a call now on 023 9266 9444 to request a survey. 

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The Importance of Damp Proofing Your Portsmouth Home

Living in the UK, we’re all accustomed to frequent and prolonged spells of cold and damp weather, which can affect properties without sufficient waterproofing. Mould, wet and dry rot, and woodworm are common in buildings throughout the country, and the primary cause is damp. If your damp proofing isn’t up to standard, moisture will find its way inside, compromising the timber structures, damaging furniture and belongings, and even impacting your health. 

The good news is that we at 1st Call Heritage are here to damp proof your home, keeping the damp at bay. Damp is often the result of factors that include: 

  • Sub-standard Property Maintenance 
  • Defective Wall Plaster 
  • Atmospheric Condensation 
  • Poor Building Construction 

Once damp takes hold, it’s difficult to get rid of. It’s unsightly, damaging, and unhealthy, especially if young children and elderly family members are present. So, if you suspect damp, it’s essential that you take steps immediately to remedy the situation. 

Every property is different, so we always begin with a survey. A survey will enable us to assess the type of problem you’re dealing with, the cause, and the extent. Once a survey has been carried out, you’ll be supplied with a report containing our findings and recommended course of action along with a FREE, no-obligation quote. 

If you decide to proceed, our Portsmouth damp proofing team will arrange a convenient date to begin the work. This will involve replacing any damaged timbers, treating any rot or woodworm, and installing a new damp proof course (DPC). We’ll also carry out works to address the cause, preventing the problem from recurring. Once we’re done, we’ll carry out any plastering reinstatement needed to refresh your walls and ceiling. 

To find out more about our damp proofing service, Portsmouth customers should get in touch today to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable remedial specialists. 

Take A Look at Our Other Portsmouth Services

In addition to damp proofing, Portsmouth homeowners can rely on us for other damp-related services too, including wall tie replacement, structural stabilisation, and the services listed below: 

Dry Rot/Wet Rot

Both dry rot and wet rot are types of timber decay that occur wherever damp is present and are highly destructive to timber structures. Wet rot is a type of timber decay that leads to cracking, softness, distortion, and porosity occurring within the wood. Wet rot doesn’t have the capacity to spread the way dry rot does, so it is usually easier and quicker to tackle. 

Dry rot is a fungal infection that invades and destroys the cellulose in structural timbers. It can spread laterally through the building, making it difficult to track back to the source. It poses a considerable threat to health and safety and so should be tackled as soon as possible. 

Our wet and dry rot treatments involve removing the affected timbers and treating the area with a powerful fungicide that impregnates deep into the wood. We’ll also take care of whatever may have caused the problem. Our wet and dry rot repairs come with a 20-25-year guarantee, so you can be sure your home will be protected. 

Woodworm Treatment

The name is somewhat of a misnomer as woodworm isn’t a type of worm at all. In fact, woodworm is a type of beetle that bores into timbers to lay its eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae begin to digest the timber, in turn compromising its integrity. Signs of woodworm infestation include: 

  • Small Round Holes in the Timber 
  • Fine Dust Around the Edges 
  • Crumbling Edges 
  • Live or Dead Beetles 

Just like with wet and dry rot, woodworm is a sign that your waterproofing is insufficient. It is also an urgent problem that requires immediate attention. Fortunately, you’ve contacted 1st Call Heritage as our woodworm treatment services represent excellent value for money. 

We’ll remove any damaged timbers and apply a powerful insecticide that is designed to impregnate deep into the wood. This will eliminate both the beetles and the eggs and larvae buried inside the structure. We will also address the waterproofing issue that led to the problem. 

Cavity Wall Extraction

Cavity wall insulation is a cost-effective way to keep your home insulated. Unfortunately, cavity wall insulation can often cause more problems than it solves. This includes facilitating the transfer of damp and mould into the property. To eliminate this problem, the insulation must be removed, and that’s where our cavity wall extraction service comes into play. 

Our Portsmouth damp proofing specialists can remove your old cavity wall insulation quickly and with minimal disruption caused to you. We can then install a suitable damp proof course and a modern insulation alternative that will not only keep damp at bay but insulate your home more efficiently than before. To learn more about this service or to request a survey of your property, call our team now. 

Basement Conversion

Wall Tie Replacement 

Basements aren’t as common in the UK as they are in the US, but if your property has one, there’s a good chance that it’s not being used for a lot. A big reason for this is that basements often don’t have the insulation or waterproofing that the rest of the property does. As such, basements can be damp, cold, musty, and often riddled with mould. 

But the good news is that a basement can be repurposed through a specific type of damp proofing. Tanking is a process where a tank-like seal is created to protect walls against water penetration. Tanking methods vary from one building to the next, but tanking is most effective for reinstating basements.  

Once completed, your basement will be warm and dry – the perfect canvas on which to create the basement conversion of your dreams. Perhaps you’d like to add another bedroom or maybe a man cave, home theatre, music studio, or maybe even your own bar. The sky is the limit, and with a basement conversion, your available living space goes up too. 

Most properties feature an outer cavity wall structure comprised of two wall leaves and an inner cavity space. Within this space are the insulation and cavity wall ties. These ties are designed to keep the two leaves anchored to each other. Whether as a result of sub-standard building work or wear and tear, moisture can enter the cavity space. Older buildings were built with wall ties made from materials prone to rusting and corrosion. 

If these wall ties break, this can significantly weaken and even compromise the structural integrity of the building. At 1st Call Heritage, we possess knowledge of specialist masonry techniques intended to combat weakened brick walls, restore stability, and control wall tie degradation. 

We will identify and replace any worn wall ties with modern, rust and corrosion-resistant versions. 

And we’ll replace the old, crumbling mortar within the outer portion of the walls, restoring the walls ability to keep out damp. This is a process known as repointing. 

Why Choose Us for Your Damp Proofing in Portsmouth? 

Established in 1995, 1st Call Heritage has been providing residents throughout Portsmouth with unbeatable damp proofing services for more than a quarter of a century. We’ve quickly become the most sought-after remedial contractor throughout the Hampshire and West Sussex areas. 

We’re an independent business that’s committed to providing the best value for money and an array of waterproofing and property maintenance services. From tackling damp to restoring a building’s structural integrity, our goal is the restoration and preservation of buildings throughout Portsmouth and beyond. We work with both modern and old and listed buildings, protecting buildings most at risk. 

We employ tried and tested methods and only use the safest and most effective products in our work. Our mission is simple – to provide damp proofing services that fulfil the requirements of all domestic and commercial clients. To learn more, you need only contact our team using the details below. 

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If your property has become inundated with damp and mould, the choice should now be clear – for unbeatable damp proofing solutions, contact 1st Call Heritage today. Our years of experience have equipped us to provide solutions, including damp proofing, rot treatment, woodworm treatment, condensation control, etc. Our comprehensive property restoration and preservation services ensure a healthy living environment for all. 

Since 1995, we’ve quickly become the go-to remedial specialists, so if you need someone to damp proof your property, you’ve come to the right place. We can protect your home and even tackle mould, wet rot, and dry rot should they have taken hold as a result. You’re in good hands with 1st Call Heritage. So, to get started, call our Portsmouth damp proofing team today on 023 9266 9444 to request a survey.  

Alternatively, you can get in touch by filling out our online contact form or emailing [email protected], and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. 

Rising Damp

Wet Rot / Dry Rot

Woodworm Treatment

Cavity Wall Extraction

Basement Conversions

Wall Tie Replacement