Damp proofing is a technical term for making a home or business environment resistant to water damage. Damp proofers are also known as water barriers, water-tight barriers, or water proofing. The main function of a damp proofer is to stop water from entering a building’s structure. This is done by stopping the penetration of water during storms and flooding.
What is a damp proofer specialist?
A damp proofer specialist is someone with the skill and knowledge to carry out the best protection for your home and business. They should: be fully trained to know the minimum safe level of water that a building should be able to resist carry out building-level inspections, checking the safety of your building’s windows, doors and roofs locate and repair leaking pipes and put out fire extinguishers carry out bulk handling inspections, and detect any leaks in water pipes Are there any dangers to using a damp proofer?
There is always a risk when hiring someone to carry out water damage repairs. Although they are qualified, there is no guarantee that a wet proofer will get the job done correctly. They may not understand the necessary safety procedures and how to prevent accidents.
Types of Damp Proofers
Damp proofing can be carried out using any of the following methods: wall bars concrete wall barriers metal strips aluminum panels elastomeric sheets Panels Some materials such as steel and concrete are too heavy to be held in place by a wooden bar, so wall bars are often used in damp proofing applications.
Wall bars are made from large blocks of wood with strips attached at specific intervals. These bars are secured with screws, nails, nuts, or bolts. Wall bars are usually found behind internal doors, between partition walls, in the walls of staircases, and in between internal walls. Concrete wall barriers, or concrete construction barriers, are made from a mixture of cement and sand. Concrete walls are specially designed to absorb water.
How to choose the right damp proofer specialist
Damp proofers should have a relevant qualification such as a degree or other higher qualification. They must also hold a minimum of a three-year residential or office building course. They must also pass a test in wet proofing and meet the requirements of any certifications they hold.
Damp proofers must also pass the professional qualification testing for the same branch of industry they specialise in. This means they have to pass the same level of certification and will be given the same title.
Damp proofers also need to obtain a good reputation with other professional organisations such as the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Damp proofers must also demonstrate their skills before they are allowed to offer their services to the public. This means passing an assessment.
Nowadays, most countries around the world are experiencing rapid urbanization. This means that properties, especially commercial properties, are getting more exposed to the risks of water damage. In order to make sure that you don’t experience any damages to your property, make sure that you hire a good building contractor to do the work of handling the damp proofing.