Rising Damp – What it is, What Causes it?

Rising damp is the natural upward movement of water inside porous masonry.A Standalone PhenomenonRising damp is a STANDALONE phenomenon that can occur on its own on both internal or external walls, even in well-maintained buildings, independent of any other dampness problems or building…

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The Importance of Salts in Rising Damp

The Importance of Salts The importance of salts in rising damp can not be overstated. Salts are an extremely important but often much neglected aspect of rising damp. The rising water flow draws up diluted salts from the ground, depositing…

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Violet Cottage

The Dampness ProblemHere is a short overview of the dampness problem and some of the works done on the cottage, as described by the customer’s own words:“The cottage is a worker's semi-detached Lovelace Cottage (so Listed).  Built in 1863 of…

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Paxton Cottage

Paxton cottage, a Grade II listed 17th century timber frame Tudor cottage, is described in The Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments as follows:A 17th century timber frame cottage with whitewashed brick infill; ground floor and gable of…

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Pointing & Plastering

The primary concern in replastering and repointing old walls is the presence of salts. In old buildings, due to their age, salts become an integral part of the building fabric. Getting rid of them is really not an option, which…

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The Effect of Salts

The Effect of Salts The presence of saltssignificantly impact the condition and appearance of the building fabric. The effect of salts is largely unknown to many builders or building professionals. Due to their importance, during the past few years a…

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Renovation Plasters

Older walls in need for replastering need special handling in any of the following cases: Building age: for walls older than a 100 years Rising damp: the building has/had rising damp, there are signs (at the bottom of the walls…

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Plaster Types – Why Lime?

Types of Plasters Plastering is the oldest form of decorating walls. Today, there are many types of plasters on the marketplace, with very different properties designed for different applications. Here is a quick overview of the main types of plasters:…

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Survey: Victorian Terraced Home

This building is from 1898 and it has been just purchased by a new owner, a building "enthusiast" who intended to refurbish it as part of a DIY project. The owner has just stripped the walls by removing all wallpapers…

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