how do you treat damp in an old house?!
This is possibly the question we get asked the most! A lot of the projects that we undertake start with the property owner contacting us to discuss a damp problem they have in their house.
all types of lime repairs – lime rendering, lime pointing and lime plastering
- Lime mortars allow structures to breathe.
- Lime mortars can accommodate general movement and have better elasticity.
- Lime mortars have the ability to `self-heal`, reducing cracking problems.
- Lime is exceptionally durable. Traditional farmhouses, cottages, castles, cathedrals and towers have stood the test of time for over 600 years, sometimes longer.
Unfortunately, many traditional buildings are `repaired` or `improved` using hard and impermeable materials designed for modern buildings. In particular, hard cement renders, pointing and gypsum plaster. These unsuitable modern building materials trap moisture that is continually rising up from the ground, and stop it evaporating from your building. The results of which are plaster and render `blowing`, damp patches forming and woodwork rotting. Much of Woodlouse Conservation`s work focuses on rectifying these problems, employing the correct lime-based materials and techniques, and returning the properties to their former glory.
covering taunton and all of somerset and devon
Woodlouse Conservation is a family run building conservation and restoration team. We are based in Wiveliscombe, near Taunton, Somerset, but undertake work throughout the local area including Exmoor, Shepton Mallet, Tiverton, Wellington, Bridgwater, Minehead, Dulverton and Devon.
…Traditional buildings need to `breathe` in order to allow moisture inherent in a traditional construction to evaporate from the external stonework or render. Unfortunately, many traditional buildings are `repaired` or `improved` using hard and impermeable materials designed for modern buildings…