Lab Test and Results

Experimental SetupWe have done an in-depth investigation on how damp masonry responds to artificially generated external electromagnetic fields. Using a commercial function generator we applied to our test wall a wide variety of regular and irregular wave forms and pulses…

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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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Solving Rising Damp in Old Buildings

Solving rising damp requires very exact, specific steps. Let's recap first what the problem is, what we are trying to solve.The ProblemRising damp is the natural upward movement of water inside porous masonry.Rising damp is a STANDALONE phenomenon that can occur on…

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Rising Damp – What it is, What Causes it?

Rising damp is the natural upward movement of water inside porous masonry. A Standalone Phenomenon Rising 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…

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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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Myth #3: Rising Damp Is Condensation​

Fact: rising damp is not condensation.Rising damp is a combination of several phenomena, condensation just being one of rising damp's sub-stages. (shown on stage 3)Water vapours move into the dry capillary and get deposited onto the capillary walls, initially as one…

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