Damp & Mould Investigations
Condensation & Damp Specialists
With over three decades’ of industry related experience, Cornerstone are experts in diagnosing condensation, mould and fungal growth. We are on hand to advise, detect and report on property problems to ensure the correct remedial response is undertaken with a clear understanding of root cause and potential resolutions.
We recognise that mould and fungus development is due in the main to excess moisture in structures and these have either been directly wetted, affected by penetrating damp or hygroscopic materials absorbing moisture from the atmosphere.
Experts in Detecting Damp and Mould
Not all damp in structures is caused by building faults typically, plumbing leaks and water ingress etc. Occupational activities such as drying clothes, cooking, bathing and breathing can also introduce high levels of moisture into the property and when conditions allow, can cause condensation to develop on surfaces. The control of atmospheric moisture production and surface temperatures can often resolve a condensation issue, so correct diagnosis is critical and it is essential a prompt and accurate investigation is made so that the most appropriate remedial action can be taken.
Bringing Cornerstone on board to undertake an investigation will result in a site inspection and the provision of a clear, understandable and detailed technical report on the problem itself including a thorough and fact-based investigation into the root cause.
To assist the investigation process Cornerstone offer a Remote Monitoring service of internal atmospheric conditions. This, along with a detailed structural moisture survey, clearly identifies the existence of condensation, how it is primarily driven and if there are any supporting structural defects.
Did You Know?
2 people active for 16 hours can produce 1.5 – 1.7 litres of moisture in the atmosphere and 4 – 5 people asleep for approximately 8 hours, generates between 1.3 – 1.6 litres.
Why Choose Cornerstone?
Speed & Urgency
Our aim is to get your property back to a pre-incident condition as soon as possible. We give our customers accurate timescales on how long the entire process will take.
Our damp and condensation specialists will do everything in our power to limit the disruption and impact to the occupants’ lives and routines.
Secondary damage prevention
Our technicians will do everything they can to limit secondary damage to your home. In the case of a property suffering from damp after a fire has been put out, the damp and the soot particles can affect your property and personal effects.
Looking after interests
We take appropriate actions to look after your items, we will store unaffected and specially-cleaned items off-site until the structure is ready. We will do everything in our power to minimise the loss of items such as upholstery, artwork and documents etc.
Health & Safety
Making sure that the occupants are safe is of paramount importance to us. We will make assessments on the condition of your property and will carry out appropriate actions.
Keeping open lines of communication is key to our restoration process. We have dedicated claims managers that will update our customers at every step of the restoration process. From initial assessments to completion, you will always be in the loop.
Not all damp in structures is caused by building faults like rising damp, penetrating damp, plumbing leaks and water ingress. General household activities – such as drying clothes, cooking, bathing and breathing – can also introduce high levels of moisture into the property. When conditions are suitable, condensation begins to develop resulting in damp surfaces. There are many health risks associated with mould, click here to learn more.
For moulds to grow and reproduce they need a food source. These can be wallpapers, plasterboard, paint, some carpets, adhesives, wood fabrics and other organic materials. Mould on tiled areas is not feeding on the tiles. It feeds on the biofilm residue from close proximity to things like soap and washing.
Moulds can begin to germinate between 4 and 12 hours. However, after germination, it takes time for the mould to develop, create spores and colonise. This can be 1-2 days for some moulds. It can be longer for others whereby 2-3 and 8-12 days can be attributed depending on the type. Mould doesn’t actually need to grow in the dark, it’s just that such places have been attributed with damp conditions, such as behind wardrobes.
Causes of Damp & Condensation
There are many causes of condensation and dampness in your home, however, the main cause is due to a lack of adequate air ventilation. Modern-day housing will often include increased insulation, draught excluders and double glazing, which have the unintended consequence of sealing in damp air. This allows the damp and condensation to sit and fester, creating a musty, mildewy and unhealthy environment.
Some other causes of damp within your home are:
- Leaking pipes
- Rising damp in basements or ground floors
- Rain seeping in from the roof or around window frames
- Faulty double glazing
- Lingering moisture in the kitchen or bathroom
Introducing Calculation Apps
With a proven track record of undertaking credible fact based damp related surveys for a host of clients from NHBC, to social housing to private individuals all looking for a clear and concise outcome to a reported problem, Cornerstone have consolidated their knowledge base and released three new app designs.
Professional Services FAQ
Cornerstone offer a range of independent consultancy and training services bespoke for housing associations, loss adjusters, private landlords and more, but you may have some further questions to fully establish what can be done in the selected property.
Our Cornerstone Case Studies.
Cornerstone have experience in dealing with a variety of issues across the UK, and are trusted by leading housing associations, loss adjusters and more.
£37,000 Cost Saving for Insurance Company
Scenario: Decorations and furnishings were reported water damaged as a result of ‘secondary flooding’ from the recent flooding. Neighbours advised that water damage to the property was a result of floodwater ingress during the event, even though the property did not sugar any specific ingress. Moisture damage was evident on the ground and first floors.
Multi-Disciplined Approach to Damp Problem
Scenario: A 1970’s detached property has suffered from a damp problem to a localised area of the structure over a number of years. Prior to the appointment of Cornerstone, extensive investigations and been undertaken by a variety of professionals without resolution. Reason for contact: To identify the source of the moisture affecting the structure.