As a property owner, you should be aware of the dangers that water infiltration can cause to structures and how to avoid it. That’s why we created this comprehensive guide on industrial damp proofing to help you learn more about protecting your property.
As you read this, you’ll discover the various causes of damp issues, types of damp-proofing treatments available, and other valuable insights.
What Is Meant by Industrial Damp Proofing?
Damp-proofing industrial properties, whether a factory, warehouse, or else, entails controlling moisture infiltration through the building’s walls and floors. This could be done through various damp-proofing techniques, which we’ll show you in the sections below.
What Is Involved in Industrial Damp Proofing?
You’ll go through three major stages when planning to damp-proof industrial properties.
- Conducting Property Survey: A property survey is the foundation for damp proofing. Here, specialists search the property for the source of the damp issues and assess the extent of the damage.
- Identifying the Underlying Issue: The survey will help you determine the type of problem you’re dealing with. For example, your property could have a structural flaw, or the existing damp-proof course (DPC) might’ve failed. We’ll help you learn more about the most common causes of damp below.
- Selecting Damp-Proofing Treatment: Once you’ve pinpointed the root cause of your damp problems, you’ll choose a damp-proofing treatment suitable for your property’s situation.
Where Would You Need Damp Proofing in Industrial Environments?
We always recommend having all of the property’s walls and floors damp-proofed. However, there are certain environments that are more prone to developing damp problems, so they require extra attention. Some of them include:
- Steam-based manufacturing units, such as breweries
- Storage facilities
- High-traffic spaces
How Do You Treat Damp in Industrial Environments?
There are three crucial steps you should know about:
- Assessing Case Severity: Inspect the property for areas affected by moisture and assess the complexity of their damage. This allows you to gauge how much work and material is required.
- Fixing Associated Damage: Before applying any treatments, address the damage brought on by damp to avoid causing further problems in the future. This could include replacing rotted wooden components, repairing masonry cracks, and so on.
- Applying Damp-Proofing Treatment: Based on the nature of the damp problem in your property, you should install a damp-proofing treatment to effectively prevent it from recurring.
What Are the Different Types of Damp-Proofing Treatment for Industrial Environments?
There are a variety of damp-proofing treatments that can help you protect your industrial property from water ingress. For now, we’ll walk you through three of the most widely used ones.
- Damp-Proof Membrane (DPM): A DPM is a thin sheet you install beneath the wall and floor concrete slabs. That way, it acts as a physical barrier to keep water from rising in the structures of the properties. This membrane is available in highly durable and water-resistant materials, the most common of which is polyethylene.
- Damp-Proof Injection: When the property’s existing treatment has failed or becomes damaged, we use damp-proof injections, also known as chemical damp-proofing. The procedure involves drilling horizontal holes in the masonry and injecting a chemical, silicone-based solution into them. Then, this solution expands inside the walls and forms a water-resistant shield against moisture seepage.
- Damp-Proof Plaster: A damp-proof plaster is applied as an extra layer of defence in conjunction with a DPC. This is because the plaster won’t address the underlying damp issue on its own. What it does is stop water and salt stains from developing on the walls, maintaining the building’s interior appearance.
How Do You Prevent Dampness in Industrial Environments?
You should implement three correlated measures to reduce the likelihood of water infiltration affecting your industrial property.
- Install a DPC in your property and protect its interior with damp-proof plaster or similar.
- Perform routine checks on the roof and pipework to ensure there are no leaks.
- Set up a proper ventilation system to prevent moisture accumulation.
What Causes Damp in Industrial Environments?
It’s critical that you understand what causes water damage to arise in the first place. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular causes below so you can better identify them.
- Condensation: Condensation takes place when warm vapour collides with cooler surfaces, forming water droplets. This primarily happens when there’s excessive humidity and insufficient air circulation within the property. Signs that’ll help you distinguish this case include water collecting on the windows, peeling wallpaper, and a musty odour.
- Penetrating Damp: Water from the outside of the property can sometimes infiltrate the walls, which is known as penetrating damp. It usually occurs in buildings with faulty or damaged structures. You’ll find this phenomenon usually manifesting itself as wet stains on the walls and mould growth.
- Rising Damp: When there’s no DPC in place, or it has failed, groundwater can travel upwards in the property’s structure, which results in rising damp. In this case, water seeps through the brickwork and can affect both internal and external walls. Some of its signs include tide marks on the walls and peeling or blistering paint.
How Much Does Industrial Damp Proofing Cost?
You can expect to pay between £40 and £65 per metre to have your property damp-proofed. Of course, this price range is subject to change depending on:
- Property location
- Root cause of damp
- Presence of structural damage
- Type of damp-proofing treatment selected
Damp problems don’t go away on their own; in fact, they get worse over time. What starts as a wet stain can quickly turn into an entire wall collapsing.
So, if you suspect your property lacks an effective damp-proofing treatment or notice any telltale signs of moisture issues, actionable measures should be in place.
To ensure that your property is properly cared for, you’ll need the assistance of a damp-proofing specialist. Contact us at Watertight Homes today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.