Rising Damp vs. Condensation

One of the fundamental points of confusion on the subject of dampness is the confusion between rising damp and condensation. Recent research on condensation has finally clarified the differences between these two phenomena. Rising Damp vs. Condensation – Simple, Non-Technical…

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Moisture Sources in Old Buildings

The subject of dampness in old buildings can be a complex and intimidating topic, however with the understanding of the basics the topic becomes actually quite simple.Main Moisture SourcesAccording to the industry's current understanding, the main moisture sources affecting old…

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Magnetic DPC Theory and Fundamentals

HistoryObserving these effects goes back 30-40 years. Skepticism, some commercial interests but especially missing research about the wall phenomena never allowed for these systems to become mainstream. With the latest ongoing research answering many questions about the nature of moisture…

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Research & Development

Research & Development Phases The overall development of the magnetic DPC technology followed a top-down approach in two main stages:Stage 1: Building Level ResearchBecause the objective was to non-invasive;y handle rising damp at building-level, the initial research focused on the "big…

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Step 2: Renovating After Rising Damp

The Main Challenge - SaltsAfter the installation of a damp proof course, renovation is the second major phase of handling rising damp.The main challenge in renovating after rising damp is the presence of GROUND SALTS.Walls affected by rising damp contain…

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Step 1: Damp Proof Courses

The Role of a Damp Proof CourseThe primary role of a damp proof course (DPC) is to be a VAPOR BARRIER from the ground to prevent or minimize the excessive evaporation of water into the wall fabric, which over time develops…

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Solving Rising Damp in Old Buildings

Historical Context of the Rising Damp ProblemRising damp has been affecting old buildings since antiquity. It has been definitely known and documented by the Romans who also worked out solutions to mitigate it, by creating and using special plaster mixes.The…

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Rising Damp – What is it, What Causes it?

Rising Damp – Historical OverviewAlthough the existence of rising damp and problems caused by it have been documented since antiquity, its underlying mechanisms has not been well understood.The first known written historical reference about rising damp goes back to ancient Rome.…

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Rising Damp – Historical Overview and Context

The existence of rising damp and the problems caused by it have been documented since antiquity. In the UK, various documented and professional publications have documented rising damp since the early Victorian times, going back almost 200 years.The Roman PeriodThe…

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Rising Damp Recreated in a Lab

Recreating Rising Damp in the LabRising damp can be recreated in a lab under "artificial" conditions very easily.We used some common "old-style" porous bricks, purchased from a brick factory. We put it in a plastic tray, added some water to…

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Electroosmosis – Latest Discoveries

Electrokinetics - Explosive DevelopmentIn the previous section we looked at various electrokinetic effects.During the past 10 years the field of Electrokinetics has undergone explosive development, as a better understanding of molecular phenomena near different surfaces can open the door to…

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Myth #7: Damp Proof Courses Never Go Bad

Fact: this is incorrect.Damp proof courses, just like everything in nature, is subject to aging and degradation over time - a natural physical law. Why would damp proof courses be an exception and violate this universal law?Let's look into this in…

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