Carrying out damp proofing works can be a messy job, we’ll always try to minimise the noise, dust and disruption as much as we possibly can but there is going to some disruption. Some simple preparation before we get to your home will make things run a lot more smoothly
Preparation Before Our Arrival
- Wherever possible the areas or rooms to be treated should be emptied as much as is reasonably practical of all items of furniture. Larger items, which cannot be moved, will be covered over by ourselves, though you may wish to cover these prior to our arrival.
- Electrical and valuable items should be removed from the areas to be treated before our arrival.
- Wherever possible carpets must be removed from the areas to be treated prior to our arrival. We can arrange a carpet fitter to attend to this if required (at additional cost).
- Please remember that the removal of plaster can be a very ‘dusty job’. We will do our best to stop dust getting to areas of the property that aren’t being treated, but it is a possibility.
- We expect you to organise the removal of radiators and/or electrical sockets yourselves, it is important that these are removed before we start. It is also extremely important that these are removed safely and comply with any relevant standards.
If any problems are encountered in preparing for our arrival, we are only a phone call away 01482 343251
- Approx. 2 weeks – 1 month (possibly longer) following replastering, walls can be painted using 1 coat of water based matt emulsion paint. ON NO ACCOUNT must vinyl silk, eggshell or any oil-based paint be used.
- Walls can be wallpapered after 6 months, using a porous paper. Occasionally this may need to be left for a period of up to 2 years.
- In some cases a fine layer of salt, called efflorescence, can migrate through to the surface, this is perfectly normal and is actually a sign that the wall is drying out. This requires regular ‘brushing off’ prior to redecoration (the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner works well too!).
- Occasionally fine surface cracks can appear in the skim coat (known as crazing) this is also normal, and is caused by the cement based backing plaster curing (or drying) at a different rate to the gypsum based skim coat.
- Rapid drying out using dehumidifiers or excessive heating must be avoided as this can (and probably will) cause the plaster to fail, the last thing we want is your new plaster to end up lying on the floor.