Dealing with damp in older properties


Damp in older buildings is fairly common. Despite their strong walls, most were constructed without damp proof courses or felt under tiles and slates. Properties built prior to the 19th century, for example, were designed to allow moisture into a building but evaporate out again. Modern methods of damp proofing just didn’t exist as they do now.

Dealing with damp in older properties

Older properties are therefore more susceptible to penetrating damp caused by driving rain and rising damp – the symptoms for which include damaged skirting boards, rotting floorboards and peeling paint. Moisture in the air can also lead to excessive dampness in old buildings with the obvious signs of misting on windows.

Traditional properties are fundamentally different to those built today. Retrospective fitting of a damp course, for example, can cause an old building to have structural difficulties. A chemical option, which involves injecting a solution into holes at the bottom of a wall to create a waterproof barrier, may not be suitable either. Tanking might be an option for penetrating damp as a liquid chemical coating is added to wet walls but costly re-plastering would be required. Instead, there are other damp proofing options available that are more cost effective and chemical free too.

Dealing with damp in older properties - flaking paint

The Schrijver System, from damp specialists Frank Schrijver, is a green alternative to traditional damp proofing. It provides a natural solution to rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation. With a lifetime guarantee, there’s no mess, no redecorating or replastering with the damp control system, it’s safe for all the family.

  • Work conducted outside the property – small, handmade elements are installed to all accessible external walls.
  • Dry air constantly flows from outside into the elements causing a drop in temperature and creating a ‘cold bridge’. Moisture from the wall interior is deposited within the element by natural airflow.
  • Achieves a lower humidity level inside the property with dry walls and works continuously at reducing moisture from the external walls.

Deal With Your Rising Damp Problem NOW


The summer may not be the obvious time to be thinking about the problems of damp in your home, however, there are a number of reasons to do exactly that. Warmer, dryer times may have reduced the signs of damp in your home but that doesn’t mean the problem has gone away.

Most likely, the warmer weather leads to a drier environment with better ventilation due to more windows and doors being opened more frequently. This, of course, will simply alleviate the outwardly visible symptoms of rising damp or damp caused by water penetration and condensation. The visible signs of damp problems on your walls, both inside your home or on your exterior walls, may reduce a little at this time of year but rest assured if you do not deal with the underlying problems causing your water penetration problem, it may simply return with a vengeance come the autumn and winter.

Act Now and Start Saving

So why tackle the causes of damp now? Firstly, if the signs of damp are reduced it will give you a head start dealing with the cause of your damp problem. Take action now and you can be looking forward to a dryer, cosier and healthier winter ahead.

A further and perhaps even more compelling reason to act now is that you may be able to make extra savings on your installation costs by taking advantage of our 20% Summer Special offer.

The Frank Schrijver System is a greener alternative to more common chemical injection damp proof systems. It offers the additional cost saving benefits of being a natural solution, installed entirely from the outside of your home. There’s no fuss or inconvenience and, more importantly, no expensive redecorating or replastering that traditional damp treatment may require.

Learn more about how the Schrijver System works to naturally reduce moisture in your walls by watching this short informative YouTube video about Schrijver Damp Control

Speak to a Reputable Damp Specialist

Ensure that you make the right decision and choose the most appropriate method of damp control you need to consult a reputable damp specialist. You can give us a call right now and arrange to speak to one of our professional damp specialists who will be able to give you reliable advice and assess whether the Schrijver System is appropriate for your situation.

Trust us, we want to ensure the that you will be completely satisfied. Take a look at our Checkatrade score or the fact that we are a Which Trusted Trader. You can be sure that you are in the hands of a reputable damp specialist.

Get in touch now for a FREE no obligation quote and to secure your Summer Special 20% saving. For further reassurance, all Frank Schrijver installations come with our Lifetime Guarantee, so there couldn’t be a better time to solve your damp problem.

Damp Proofing Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth


If you have a damp problem in your home, the first thing you’ll need to do is locate the source of the water ingress.

You might have a damp patch on your wall or a musty smell from the black mould that’s attracted to the damp inside your house.

Whatever the source of your damp problem, you’ll need to get it fixed quickly. Whether that’s fixing the roof tiles, repairing a broken window frame or fitting the Frank Schrijver System of Damp Control, you’ll want the peace of mind that your home is dry and safe.

Mouldy interiors are not just unsightly but black mould is a health hazard too, especially for babies, pregnant women and the elderly. If you have a respiratory problem then the spores of the fungi Stachybotrys chartarum can make your breathing issues worse. If you didn’t have an underlying problem then black mould could actually cause it.

Even if you don’t have those mouldy black spots around your window frames and skirting boards, damp can be a problem in other ways.

Damp patches on walls are unsightly and can damage your plaster work or wallpaper. Repairing such things is costly.

Environmentally-Friendly Damp Proofing

Frank Schrijver’s system of Dutch Damp Control is a natural solution to damp problems in the home.

Rather than use chemical injection methods to replace your damp proof course, synthetic rods drilled all the way into your walls or man-made potentially toxic coatings, our method of damp control is natural and environmentally-friendly.

The Schrijver solution is applied via the exterior walls of your property so you don’t need to waste money on redecorating, whether that’s costly plasterwork or wallpapering your walls.

Next we insert the patented Schrijver elements into your exterior walls, secure them in place and then let nature take its course. Dry air from outside causes a “cold bridge” in the element and removes moisture from your walls, thus controlling your damp problem and proofing your home. You can see

As well as being good for the environment, the Schrijver System need not cost the earth in financial terms either. Contact our team of Damp Specialists on 01689 800101 and, if you’re the homeowner, ask for a free damp inspection.

Damp Patch on Interior Walls: First Signs of a Damp Problem?


Your gorgeous patterned wallpaper, your beautifully painted wall – what’s that, is that a damp patch on the wall?

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare to find something wrong in their property that makes them stop in their tracks. And the damp patch on the interior wall is a sure sign that something’s not right in your home.

There are a number of reasons why this is occurring – is there a loose, cracked or missing tile on the roof? That could be letting water in.

Is your property’s guttering in good condition? If your gutters are broken or blocked, again, this could be causing the water ingress.

Or how about the plumbing, is it in good condition? Maybe a broken or damaged pipe could be leaking, causing internal leakage?

Whatever the cause, it’s important that you discover the source of the damp problem and have it fixed as soon as possible.

The effects of not fixing the issue can lead to the deterioration of brickwork, crumbling plasterwork, can cause beams and floors to rot and damage interior walls, as the damp patch on the interior wall would indicate.

New Build or Old Building?

What is important to understand in the hunt for the cause of your damp problem is the difference between old and new builds.

Old buildings, predating 1875, were not required to have the damp-proof course installed. However, the filthy urban living conditions of the Victorian age prompted the Public Health Act 1875 which aimed to improve health through better residential construction.

The damp proof course was made compulsory after the 1875 act.

Even so, the DPC was only made of slate or lead and it wasn’t until the latter years of the 20th century that more robust materials were used such as polythene or bitumen-polymers.

In addition, older buildings were not designed for the types of loft insulation that are prevalent today and so, whilst staying warm with layers of deep insulation, they can be prone to “sweating” and so condensation can be a problem.

Double-glazing doesn’t help either, as the new PVC windows and frames are designed to make your home more airtight.

So, older buildings in particular need to be able to breathe.

Rising Damp or Penetrating Damp?

If the damp patches on your walls come from the ground up, then there’s a very good chance that you have rising damp. The occurrence of rising damp is a classic sign of problems with the damp proof course.

Penetrating damp patches on interior walls will be down to other causes such as that leaking roof, the problem with your gutters or the leaky plumbing.

To deal with each issue you should first ensure your property is in good condition. Fix those leaks, repair the roof, mend the plumbing. Make external drainage is good too so that the earth around your property is not sodden.

If the problem still persists then you may have a condensation problem. You need to ventilate your property as best you can, installing extractor fans, not drying your clothes on the radiator etc. See our article on how to reduce condensation in your home.

If you’ve exhausted all these possibilities and you’ve still got a damp patch on your interior wall, then it is well worth considering The Schrijver System of damp control.

The Schrijver System

Our system is a green, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional methods of damp proofing.

The Schrijver System is installed with no mess, no fuss and doesn’t require you to redecorate.

By installing our patented elements in your walls, dry air is drawn in and, through natural ventilation, the humid air is removed from your property.

So, no more damp patches on your interior walls.

To arrange for an inspection of your property by one of our damp specialists, call 01689 800101 or complete our easy contact form.