Damp Problems

Many of the properties we work on were built with no damp-proof course, as this is a relatively modern introduction.

We have over the years been asked to consult on damp on many occasions, and are happy to advise that the ultimate damp destroyer is lime plaster and/or external lime render. If your home shows signs of damp patches, mould, rot, is cold and dank, and the room(s) have the sour smell associated with damp, we can help.

Whilst not wishing to denigrate the wide array of products which promise a solution to damp problems, we nevertheless, again and again, find ourselves removing cement renders, waterproof paints and coatings, and various other ingenious but ineffective attempts to address damp problems.

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The removal of these coatings is the first step towards warmth and comfort, as this will allow the building to start to dry, and breathe. Once dried, the application of lime plaster or lime render continues to allow this breathing, whilst at the same time the lime will expel any extraneous moisture into the atmosphere, ensuring that the affected rooms remain dry and warm, and the sour damp smell is no more.

Having removed the aforementioned coatings untold times and, in a number of cases replaced rotten timber, we are able to vouch categorically for the success achieved by using lime plaster.

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Restoration and timber preservation

RJM Plastering Specialists have amassed a wealth of experience in the restoration and preservation of buildings.

We are skilled in the replacement of rotted timbers, including sole plate and king posts, prior to treating the timbers against any future rot or pestilence. We are adept both in the use of traditional wooden dowels to hold our mortise and tenon joints, and also with the more modern glass fiber rod and resin joints.

When restoring or rescuing a building, it is very important that the right materials and skills are used. The basic rule of thumb is to ensure that, as far as possible, the materials used in restoration are the same as those used in the original build. The reasons for matching materials used is not simply to please the conservationists - with whom we work closely - but is essential in ensuring that the repairs undertaken are in keeping with the needs of the building, and will stand the test of time. Using modern materials will most often cause problems, both those visible from outside, and also those buried deep in the structure of the building. At RJM Plastering Specialists we are very familiar with the restoration of older buildings, working with conservation officers to ensure that specified materials are used to produce the desired result, from both the conservation aspect but also to ensure that the finish is pleasing to the eye.

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