Balham may be best known for its former residents including Adele, Jack Dee and Vivienne Westwood but it is also a common area for damp proofing problems.


This historic part of London, listed in the Doomsday book, boasts an impressive number of buildings from the Georgian and Victorian era. Such housing stock is often at risk from damp problems on account of both their age and differences in modern building techniques.

If you are lucky enough to live in the area but are seeking damp proofing services in Balham then there are some important considerations you should take note of.

Firstly it is important to select the most experienced and qualified Balham damp proofing firm. Here at Tapco HomeDry we boast over 40 years of satisfied clients.

We are also proud to be approved by both the Property Care Association (PCA) and Trust Mark (Government Endorsed Standards).

Causes of Damp Proofing Work in Balham

There are four main reasons for damp that can cause damage and decay;

  • Rising Damp which transmits up the wall by capillary action
  • Lateral Damp which occurs when the external ground level or adjoining concrete floor is higher than the floors of the affected rooms
  • Rain Penetration caused by building defects
  • Leaking Plumbing

Many properties in Balham have basements, cellars or vaults which are particularly susceptible, often by more than one of the main causes of damp.

As a result it is even more important to instruct a reputable company to carry out your damp survey.

Damp Proofing Treatment


Long term damp can also cause timber decay such as wet rot, woodworm and the most insidious of all, dry rot.
Should this occur the cost of remedial work can be very considerable so the sooner damp problems are rectified the less chance there is of this happening.

Tapco HomeDry surveyors are fully aware of this and will bring to your attention the risk and what should be done to avoid it.
All thorough damp proofing remedial work is disruptive because more often than not it involves removing joinery and wall plaster.

A high performance (cream) damp proof course solution is then injected horizontally into the brick mortar joint at the correct level, prior to further treatment or damp proof plastering being carried out.

With over 44 years of experience Tapco HomeDry are recognised as Balham’s premier damp proofing company so call us first for your damp survey and detailed report.

Do it once. Do it right. Call Tapco HomeDry now for a thorough damp survey in Balham.

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