The PDA – Preserving Britain’s Heritage, One Damp Building at a Time

In the heart of Britain’s countryside and cities, history whispers through the walls of dilapidated buildings. These aging structures have stories to tell, but time and dampness are slowly erasing their rich heritage. Enter the Property Dampcourse Association (PDA), an organization driven by an altruistic mission to restore these historical gems and safeguard Britain’s architectural … Read more

Rising Damp: Understanding the Symptoms and Causes

Rising damp, a subject often steeped in debate and occasionally misdiagnosed, primarily affects walls at ground level. Recognizing the signs of rising damp is crucial to address this issue effectively. These symptoms may include: Tide Marks on Internal Walls Efflorescence on Exterior Walls Damage to Wallpaper, Paint, and Plaster An unpleasant damp smell in the … Read more

Expanding Horizons: Rochester Building and Damp’s Thriving Partnership in Margate

Welcome to the official blog of Martin Sykes and Rochester Building and Damp. We’re excited to share the latest news and updates about our journey as a damp proofing company. Over the past eighteen months, we’ve been making significant strides in expanding our operations and improving our services. A Change of Scenery It all started … Read more

Premier Timber Preservation Specialists: 🌳🏡 Medway Timber and Damp 🏡🌳

Timber preservation and damp control in Medway and the surrounding areas: When it comes to protecting your home from woodworm, dry-rot, wet-rot, and other timber infestations, you deserve nothing but the best. That’s why Rochester Building and Damp proudly stands as the Premier Independent Family Owned Timber Preservation Specialists in the U.K. Since our establishment … Read more

🌲🏡 Timber Treatment Excellence at Rochester Building and Damp! 🏡

At Rochester Building and Damp, we are thrilled to introduce our unbeatable Timber Treatment Service! Whether you’re a homeowner, buyer, or seller, we have you covered with our same-day service, making your property safe and sound against woodworm, dry-rot, wet-rot, and all other forms of infestations. Here’s why you should choose us: 🚀 Same Day … Read more


Established in 1991, Rochester Building and Damp has been the go-to specialist in Medway for fixing timber and damp issues in properties. With our extensive experience and expertise, we have become the trusted name in Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Gillingham, and Rainham. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing top-notch solutions, ensuring the structural … Read more

Preserving History: PDA® Awards £12,000 for urgent restoration

M3741 Press Release  29/08/23 In an exciting and heartwarming development, the Property Dampcourse Association (PDA®) has extended a generous helping hand to the Tunbridge Wells Memorial Trust by awarding a substantial grant of £12,000. This much-needed financial contribution has been earmarked for the essential structural repairs of the historic Millstone House, a building that holds … Read more

Tackling Damp Issues: Unveiling the Latest Statistics from The O.N.S

Damp walls and ceilings has been a persistent issue that plagues homeowners and landlords alike. In early August 2023, The Office of National Statistics (ONS) shed light on a concerning revelation: a staggering percentage of properties in South East England are battling some degree of dampness. The numbers are eye-opening, with Medway topping the charts … Read more

Say Goodbye to Dampness Across the U.K !

🏠 Your Trusted Damp Proofing Experts 🏠 Are you tired of dealing with persistent dampness in your property? Look no further! Rochester Building and Damp is here to rescue you from the clutches of moisture and damp issues. With our extensive expertise and cutting-edge solutions, we provide a U.K wide service to install chemical injection … Read more


The history of British damp proofing traces back to Lord Alexander Wolstenholme (1720-1804), a pioneer who applied maritime waterproofing methods to combat property dampness. His approach led to the emergence of the timber and damp industry. Coastal properties were particularly susceptible to damp due to their proximity to the sea. Early attempts at damp control … Read more

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