South London Premises

To accommodate the demand for works outside of Medway and especially in London; Rochester Building and Damp have obtained a lease on a compact industrial unit in Charlton. With the recent addition of two specialists based in Greenwich and Woolwich, the secure gated unit will provide a centrally located base. We are most grateful to … Read more

FREE Same Day Service For Your Damp House

same day service

Same Day Damp Inspection, Report and Quotation Without Charge. Rochester Building and Damp are now able to conduct a inspection of your property and provide a FREE report and quotation the same day. When a surveyors report advises you contact a timber and damp specialist, or perhaps your tenants have vacated your damp rental property, it’s vitally important that … Read more

Happy Retirement Maureen!

Maureen Kettner has assisted Rochester Building and Damp in an advisory capacity for a number of years. Born in Gillingham, Maureen’s father worked in Chatham dockyard for many years before the family moved to Deptford. With an early career in finance during the 1970’s, Maureen eventually became a successful property developer in the 1980’s where she established … Read more

Damp Paint

Damp check paint

I am often asked if applying a respectable brand of ‘damp paint’ will be of any benefit. The simple answer is no. Damp should always be rectified at source and never covered up. Any damp-paint or coating will merely provide tissue-thin moisture resistant membrane that may possibly last days or weeks at best. The practice … Read more

Damp Proofing in Oxford – Making the Right Choice | Part 1

Oxford Damp Proofing

I was recently contacted by a gentleman in Oxford, who imparted to me some information of considerable interest. The gentleman who I shall refer to as Alfred, expressed his regret following a decision to hire a Chatham based contractor to undertake damp-proofing works. Insisting on a Skype call, he relayed how following his parents demise … Read more

Damp in Pre-Edwardian Rochester Properties

rochester property damp

As property in London continues to exponentially increase in price, many a potential investor looks to Medway and specifically Rochester to expand their portfolio. With an abundance of desirable and comparatively affordable properties, the relative close proximity to London, the historical heritage and accessibility to an indefinite choice of amenities; the decision to buy in … Read more

The Unnecessary Removal of Plaster – Listed Buildings – Part 3 of 3

Listed Building Plaster

In this latest post we look at the unnecessary removal of plaster, and look further at the listed building we recently completed work on in Rochester. If you haven’t yet read part one or two, click here to read part one: ‘Listed Building Damp Proofing’. In conjunction with an injection DPC, companies often persuade customers … Read more

Do you have a low opinion of other damp proofing companies or anyone who considers themselves a surveyor?

  Damp proofing companies install a product. The individuals who perform such tasks have been trained in that particular task and nothing else.   To conduct an accurate survey from which a report proposing works to rectify the causation requires the ability to draw a correlation between factors that can only be obtained from hands-on … Read more

Other common damp causes in Medway properties

The impermeable chalk barrier, bridging of DPC, possibility of leakage from gully. What else is common amongst damp Medway properties? Location. Specifically the undulating landscape that encompasses all of Medway. Whilst not a problem in itself, properties are divided by being either on a hill, on top of the hill or at the bottom. This may sound simplistic in … Read more

Is rising damp caused by rain-water or surface-water going into the wall at ground-level?

“I think i’m right in saying, rising damp must be caused by rain-water or surface-water going into the wall at ground-level?” Wrong, but it is a reasonable assumption. It is the moisture content held below ground level that’s sandwiched between the chalk and concrete. You see, the amount of rainwater that’s in direct contact with … Read more

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