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Damp Proofing Wakefield

Housing: Damp Proofing

From a minor leak to rising damp and mould, you may not always notice damp in your home until it’s too late. Damp problems are very common but, if left untreated, could cause serious damage to your property or health. We asked Allerton Remedial Treatments, a company who have been dealing with damp issues for over three decades, to give us some tips on how to spot damp, what causes it and how to treat it.

What is damp?

Damp is a general term used to describe the presence of moisture, water or condensation within a property, and occurs in many different forms.

What are the main types of damp and what causes them?

Moisture or damp in buildings can be caused by leaking pipes, rising damp in basements or ground floors, poor ventilation or poor damp proofing in the foundations of the property. The most common type of damp is condensation, which occurs when the air is saturated with moist humidity and it touches a cold surface, and also when ventilation is poor. Rising damp is caused by groundwater moving up through a wall or floor while Penetrating damp is caused by water leaking through the walls.

What are the signs?

While all damp is different, there are certain signs that you can look out for that will indicate damp in your home:


  • Damp or musty smell
  • The growth of black mould both internally and externally
  • Discoloured or peeling wallpaper
  • Algae and mould will be present on the external walls
  • Walls or floors will feel damp or cold to the touch

Who is most sensitive to damp?

While damp can affect the whole family, those who are elderly, young children or people with pre-existing conditions. Damp can cause respiratory problems or even worsen existing asthma problems and can be dangerous to those who have weak immune systems.

How do I deal with damp?

Damp proofing is the installation of preventative measures to stop damp problems from occurring,  The main thing to remember is to ensure your house is breathable while also keeping your space warm and well ventilated, and setting a thermostat to a lower temperature for a longer period should reduce the likelihood of damp. Vents or fans, along with humidity absorbers, are the most obvious way to prevent damp caused by condensation – by opening windows or vents, or turning on a simple humidity device when cooking, taking a shower or boiling the kettle, the likelihood of damp occurring will be significantly reduced. The key to solving penetrative damp is by sealing the point of entry. More often than not, however, penetrating damp is caused by problems at the property – such as a leaking roof, cracked bricks, blocked gutters or poorly installed windows, and so you should always check these first. Rising Damp barriers can often solve rising damp problems. You may cure a rising damp problem by allowing the area to dry out naturally. After that, all you really need to do is to regularly open your windows and heat the room.

Winter Interior Tips

3 Interior tips to beat the chill this Christmas!

With winter well and truly upon us, Christmas just around the corner and the dark nights drawing in, it’s time to switch things up.

At this time of year, all we want to do is pop our PJ’s on, curl up in our favourite chair and binge watch festive films until the 25th. But, what do you do if your house is far from cosy? While we’re not telling you to head to the shops and spend your entire monthly budget on making your house as snuggly as possible, there are some simple things you can do to improve your interiors this season.

Follow our simple tips below and you’ll be feeling that festive glow in no time!


Is there anything more satisfying than running your hand along a soft piece of velvet? This winter, textures are bold– think a mustard throw or a blush chaise lounge. If a velvet sofa isn’t quite in your price range, why not try some simple accessories such as cushions or bedding? Pair with vintage style accessories, like reclaimed wood baskets or aged copper lights to avoid the whole Disney Princess vibe.Velvet Sofa Interior Tips Winter

Faux Finishes

If you’ve ever wanted a marble kitchen surface but your bank account is screaming ‘no way!’ then the new trend for patterned wallpaper is definitely one for you! You don’t always have to spend a fortune to update your home – with so many brands and sites now offering removable wallpaper, floor decals and waterproof contact paper, its easy to update your home with very little effort and, more importantly, money. From brick to stone, mosaic to wood, there are plenty of options to suit any style. Now you can finally have those subway tiles you’ve always dreamed of, even if you have never been to New York.

Kitchen Subway Tiles

Insulation is key!

With the temperatures outside dropping, there’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day to a freezing cold house. A simple but effective way to update your interior style and create a snug atmosphere this winter is by installing shutters on your windows or doors. Not only are they an attractive interior solution, but shutters actually reduce draughts and provide amazing heat insulation, keeping you toasty warm throughout winter and reducing those pesky heating bills – what more could you want?

LondonBlinds4U have a huge range of different styles available – from tier on tier shutters to café style shutters, there’s something for everyone. Unlike blinds, whose fabric can fade over time, resulting in a dated look, shutters are a timeless addition to your home – perfect for those living in busy areas who are looking for increased privacy or noise reduction.

Full Height Shutters LondonBlinds4U

Tier on Tier Shutters LondonBlinds4U

With our simple tips, your home will be ready for winter in no time at all! Don’t forget to contact LondonBlinds4U if you’re looking for great quality shutters or blinds in the London area to keep out the chill this winter!

Choosing Carpet for your Home

Whether you’re constructing a whole new extension or simply touching up your living room, a new carpet can make a massive difference to the look at feel of your space. There are so many things to consider when choosing your perfect carpet that it can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together this short guide to help you make the best choice. It can make such a huge different in helping your room look fantastic and become an environment into which you love to invite people. Surefit Carpet are on hand to help. They provide cheap carpet in Doncaster of the highest quality.

Should I choose carpet?

When considering what flooring you want for your home, you don’t just have to choose carpet simply because that’s what it was like before. There are a huge number of different flooring options that could also work and might be more effective. It’s all about considering what your requirements are and what you’re using a room for. For instance, carpet in a bathroom is rarely a good idea simply because carpet offers very little resistance to water and can easily become damaged if it frequently becomes wet. The same goes for your kitchen. Carpet is particularly inappropriate for kitchen because crumbs of food can easily fall into the carpet and are difficult to hoover up, as well as the carpet becoming wet or stained much more easily in this environment.


If you want something that is water resistant and much easier to clean, then laminate flooring is a viable alternative. It’s extremely versatile and comes in patterns that mimic wood, stone, tile or others. Due to its flexibility in design, it is also perfect for hallways, bedrooms, living rooms and just about any household space! It doesn’t offer the same comforting feel as carpet, nor the insulating benefits.

Carpets are a very good option for creating a more cosy space than what can be achieved with laminate flooring.


The colour of your carpet is one of the most important factors. This will make or break whether it looks good in your space, matches the colouring of your furniture and brings an overall pleasing effect. When considering the colour of your carpet, it’s important to bear in mind the light levels in the room. For rooms with little natural light, it’s often a good idea to choose a lighter coloured carpet, or if your room has dark coloured walls, a light carpet would perfectly off-set this appearance to create a pleasing feel to your space.

It’s also important to consider any pets that live in your house. If you have a black dog, for instance, any hairs that it drops will stand out much more clearly on a white or pale carpet, making the room look unclean much more easily. A pale carpet, such as cream, will also show stains and other dirt much more easily. If you have children that spill drinks or make mess, then perhaps a darker shade would work better.


Carpets come in different textures and thicknesses. The higher end, more luxurious carpets tend to be thicker. They provide greater insulation and feel softer and nicer underfoot, but they are often more expensive. Consider how much of a priority this is when you’re choosing your carpet. It’s also a good idea to visit a showroom so you can touch and feel the carpets yourself before making your decision. This will give you a much better idea of a carpet’s texture.


The cost of a carpet is, of course, always going to be a factor, particularly if you’re looking to buy flooring for your whole home. With most carpet shops, you have to also consider the price of underlay and fitting. Surefit Carpets, however, offer a very clear no hidden fees policy. This means that all the extras are included in the price that is on the label — you don’t have to do any complex calculations or worry about forgetting to factor something in!

Surefit specialise in high quality cheap carpet as well as laminate flooring. So if you’re looking to update your home or supply your new renovation with a beautiful floor, then visit their website.


Heating home with heating oil

Current Heating Oil Prices are Cheaper Than Gas & Electricity

A Sutherland tables study has shown that heating oil has been the cheapest way to heat homes in 2017. Rix Petroleum have recently reported that on average, it has cost UK homes £894 to heat their homes for the entire year with heating oil, based on a three bedroom house. The study has shown that it costs an additional £100 to heat a home with British Gas and a whopping £1,016 per year more to heat your home with electricity.

Tips From Mortar360: Keep Heating Costs Low 

While current heating oil prices are relatively low, it won’t be this way forever. Our top tip is to remember to keep your heating oil tank topped up and regularly maintained to ensure you don’t run out at the most crucial time; winter. Winter is typically the most expensive month to buy heating oil as the temperatures are at their lowest, therefore demand is at its highest.

Top Tip: Remember to buy heating oil before winter. 

As the price of heating oil is forever changing, securing quotes should be a timely effort. Get quotes from a range of suppliers on the same day to compare prices fairly. Try to use websites that make getting a quote easy – if you have to jump through hoops to get a price, it’s probably not worth it.

Top Tip: Check heating oil prices on the same day. 

Keep the heat trapped in your home to keep it warm and keep costs low. Escaping heat is simply a waste of money, as it’s quite literally going out the window. Thick curtains and carpets not only trap heat in your home but also absorb and retain some of the heat to keep your home warm. Draught excluders prevent the cold air from other rooms and outside getting into your cosy area.

Top Tip: Properly insulating your home will help to keep heating costs low. 


One and a half million UK homes rely on heating oil to heat their homes as they are not connected to the national grid with access to the main energy suppliers. Following these top tips should help those homeowners save extra on their heating bills.


Sheffield or London. How SEO Increases Sales

Local Search Engine Optimisation

Local SEO

SEO is a marketing tactic that should be considered by every business. Whether your company is based in Sheffield or London, the north or the south, an SEO campaign can increase your sales. For small businesses, branding and marketing should be as essential as it is for large multinationals. It’s a similar story for businesses based in different parts of the country. One way that smaller businesses can compete with the big brands is to focus on leveraging their geographical location. Google have become more favourable of local search now that over 50% of users search from mobile or tablet devices. Google is increasingly aware of a users’ location and understands that people like to see local results as they are more relevant to them. This has allowed smaller companies the opportunity to compete with the big players.

SEO Case Study

We have carried out a huge amount of research into location based search and how to rank a website in the number one position in certain locations. To prove our theories, we decided to use the most competitive online search phrases, SEO. As every SEO company wants to believe they have the best strategy, inevitably SEO companies are competing against the most fierce competition of any industry. We are proud to boast of page one ranking positions for the 15 target key phrases tested, including SEO Sheffield and SEO London.

The phrase ‘SEO London’ was particularly competitive because the first page of Google is dominated by a highly authoritative education website. However, we were confident of our ability and within 4 months we manged to secure a listing on the first page, the only SEO agency among the education listings. The optimisation work paid off and we have regular enquiries from London based businesses asking for our help to get more customers online.

How can we improve YOUR SEO?

Get in touch today for a FREE SEO website audit and find out how we could help increase your sales and online presence. We have proven results in the most competitive industry and therefore we are confident that we can achieve the same SEO results for you.