Damp Problems

How to Manage Damp Problems in Old Office Buildings

Damp is a common problem and nearly always visible in old houses and buildings.

Damp In Office Buildings

When damp is present in your commercial building, you might be exposing staff or customers to the side effects of damp. This includes black mould which is harmful to your health. Unpleasant smells as well as ruined furniture. So, if you suspect that your commercial property has damp issues, what can you do about it?

Since there are various types of damp, each one of them has a unique treatment plan. Damp types include Rising damp, lateral (or penetrating) damp and condensation. Nearly all damp issues – around 75% – are caused by condensation. While condensation seems to be harmless, it can lead to serious health problems and property damage.

The first step to take is diagnosing damp problems. If you suspect your property has damp, the best thing to do is to get in touch with a qualified damp specialist. They will carry out a thorough survey to find the origin of your damp problem as well as determine a solution to eradicate it.

Who Is Responsible for Damp Treatment in Offices?

Depending on the terms of your lease agreement, the landlord or owner will be responsible. Especially if the damp is caused by structural problems. But whoever is responsible, damp is something that needs to be dealt with urgently. Related issues like wet and dry rot can be detrimental to the property’s structure and black mould can make your office building unsuitable for inhabitance if left untreated.

Your employees deserve to work in a safe and secure environment which is why damp treatment in offices is crucial if you find you have a damp problem. For more information or if you need a consultation and free quote, get in touch with the team at Apex Waterproofing today.

Why Do Showers Leak?

Shower Leak. A leaking shower not only does damage to your house, it can cause unwanted smells, damage to surrounding areas, dampness and attract insects and other pests that enjoy moisture. Apart from that, it is also hard to keep clean as dampness and leakage can cause a build-up of dirt and mould in grout and on walls, that is not a very attractive look and hard to remove.

Understanding why showers do leak and what warning signs to look out for if they do can help prevent a leaking shower and at the very least, identify a leaking shower in an early stage and act before too much damage is done.

What Are The Common Causes?

  1. Building movement, which can cause cracks in walls. Every building has a natural movement due to temperature changes and changing weather conditions.
  2. Low quality sealants and silicones used to seal the shower.
  3. Cleaning products that break down the sealants and grout.
  4. Space between wall and floor due to vibration in the shower walls caused by the shower door and because of natural building movement.
  5. Incorrect or poor plumbing.
  6. Failing of the waterproof membrane underneath your shower floor.
  7. Lack of knowledge by contractors regarding waterproofing techniques
  8. Poorly installed tiles.

How Will I Know My Shower Is Leaking?

Regular inspection of your wet areas is a great idea, as the sooner a leak is identified, the better. What sort of signs should I look out for?

1. Shower walls and grout have a build-up of mould.
2. Smell caused by rotting timber, damp walls and/or wet carpet/flooring
3. Paint flaking off walls and/or ceiling
4. Cracks in shower walls
5. Grout falling out/missing

If you have a suspicion that there might be a leak in your shower, don’t wait and give Apex Waterproofing a call on 078 456 3442 or click here for an obligation free quote and expert advice.

The History of Waterproofing

The history of waterproofing. A fight against the elements has been a constant battle for homeowners since the dawn of civilization. The history of waterproofing stretches as far back as 13,000 years and is considered the third oldest trade (behind masonry and carpentry).

The Agrarian Revolution

The Agrarian revolution saw a decrease in small hunter-gatherer groups as many formed larger social units and stayed in more permanent locations. This resulted in agriculture and thus excess grain from the harvests needed to be stored and protected from moisture. Waterproofing was necessary to protect the farmed produce in the rooms they were stored in.

The Neolithic Revolution

The Neolithic revolution saw the rise of water transportation to allow exploration, fishing and trading. The primitive boats were sealed with bitumen emulsion from the surface of peat bogs, ensuring they were waterproofed.


However, the most ingenious of all in the history of waterproofing were the ancient Egyptians. Around 3600 BC, the ancient Egyptians built the first monolithic structures, and The Great Pyramid of Giza remains the largest man-made masonry building in the world. In the 1970s, archaeologists exposed the original waterproofing on the limestone foundation blocks. A bitumen emulsion had been applied in coats with dry reed fibre applied in cross layers. Each year, the Nile would flood and surround the pyramid, yet when it was opened in the 1800s, the tombs were completely dry.

Despite Egyptians showing amazing waterproofing skills millenniums ago, waterproofing failures in the 21st century are widespread. They are the biggest problem facing the construction industry and cost hundreds of millions every year to repair.

Waterproofing Note

Nearly 80% of all complaints against builders relate to water penetration and the resulting damage, and the majority of these are because of their failure to waterproof effectively.

Let one of the best waterproofing companies around help you keep your home safe from water damage. If you would like to learn more about us then contact us today. There’s never any need to accept anything other than the very best when working with our team. We look forward to providing you with all the information needed to make a fully informed purchase decision. And to help you keep your home water damage-free for many, many years to come.

Use a Professional for Roof Waterproofing

Roof waterproofing contractors, or contractors in general have a bad name because of a few rotten apples. There are some rules to adhere to when hiring a contractor. You have to research them thoroughly before you sign on the dotted line to ensure they are who they say they are. Also, it’s never a good idea to choose the cheapest quote. Chances are shortcuts will be taken to recoup lost money and you’ll be at the receiving end of it. Here’s why you should consider hiring a professional waterproofing contractor instead.

1. It’s Not as Expensive as You Might Think
It is a common misconception that hiring any type of contractor is expensive when in fact, the opposite is true. If your waterproofing contractor has a solid reputation, their rates will be in line with their competitors. When attempting a DIY roof waterproofing project, you will pay consumer prices for materials while professional contractors pay much less. You’ll also have to rent or buy the equipment needed to complete the project. Contractors already own them. Fact is that hiring professional waterproofing contractors will be much cheaper in the long run.

2. You’ll Get Better Results
How much do you really know about roof waterproofing? Have you done it before? It might seem like an easy job but specific skills are needed to successfully finish the project. If you’re not into wasting money on failed attempts of waterproofing your roof, it’s best to hire a professional right from the start.

3. The Job Will Actually Get Done
Procrastination my old friend. You know what I’m talking about. By hiring a professional you know the waterproofing project will be completed in a few days and you don’t have to lift a finger to get it done.

For more information about roof waterproofing or if you require a free consultation and quote, get in touch with us today!