Damp proofers prevent damp from rising up from the ground - something that causes serious damage to buildings.
- Identifying damp problems/ Cleaning and preparing the area
- Laying damp proof membranes to prevent moisture seeping into a building from the earth.
- For maintenance and replacement work, damp proofers drill holes into the building and fill with a liquid damp proof material such as silicone
- Using a range of materials to seal the building from the damp ground beneath it
- Giving advice to the client or main contractor
- Dealing with any issues that come up with customers and projects
- This is a physically demanding career and suits people who enjoy a very active working day
- Newly trained damp proofer’s can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
- Trained with experience damp proofers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
Qualifications & TrainingThere are no formal requirements to begin a career as a damp proofer but it helps to have GCSEs/Standard Grades in English and Maths at grades 9-4 (A* - C) or their equivalent, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals 4/5 or Standard Grades. A level 2 NVQ In Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing is available for this area of work. In addition to a Specialist Apprenticeship Programme - on site treatment of timber and damp above ground in buildings.