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Damp proofing is the action taken to stop dampness from an external moisture source being transmitting through our walls and into the inside of our homes. If a house has a damp problem then it is vital to establish the precise cause of the moisture before establishing the appropriate remedial treatment. The most common causes of excess moisture in buildings are:
Establish the cause of dampness and remove the moisture source or by providing a water repellent layer to prevent moisture from being transmitted into the home.
A damp proof course (DPC) is a waterproof layer that is installed 150mm above ground level during the construction of a wall to prevent ground water rising from the foundations into the home.
Brick stone and mortar building products are each porous to various degrees. Without an effective DPC dampness may be absorbed into porous walls through the process of capillarity. This capillary action is often referred to as rising damp and can be detrimental to your home. The amount of rising moisture that can affect a wall that has no protection is determined by ground moisture levels and the balance between capillary forces, gravity and evaporation. The main controlling factors are the rate of suction of the water into the wall and the ease at which dampness can evaporate from it.
Modern buildings with cement mortars have lower absorption rates than older buildings with lime mortars. It therefore follows that damp control treatment is more often required in older properties
A very common method for treating rising damp in homes with traditional brick walls is a Chemical DPC Injection Treatment. A silicone-based damp proof cream is injected into a series of holes that are formed along a mortar bed joint. The cream is absorbed into the pores of the masonry. The cream lines the pores with a silicone coating that limits capillarity and forms a chemical damp proof course. Once the DPC injection treatment is complete and the source of the dampness cut off then the wall will begin to dry through continued surface evaporation. Thin walls will dry quicker than thick walls and drying walls may leave residual salt deposits
DPC injection systems are less effective in counteracting rising damp where mortar joints are not continuous along the length of a wall or through the entire depth of it. A more effective method of treating rising damp in houses having random stone or rubble filled walls is through Electro-osmosis Damp Proofing. An electric DPC system uses a series of anodes placed in the wall to provide a small positive charge through it to repel free moisture molecules. A cathode that is buried in the ground attracts the positively charges moisture molecules. As electro osmotic forces are substantially greater than those of capillarity then moisture is forced from the anodes in the wall and down to the cathode in the ground
In addition to treating rising damp it is important to damp proof your home against penetration damp that may be entering the building through walls or roofs. Pore-lining façade cream, damp proof paint and waterproofing membranes all have a role to play in keeping the home free from moisture penetration.
Correctly selected damp proofing products will successfully stop moisture from penetrating or rising through the walls into the interior of homes. Twistfix help to make the process quick, easy and cost effective.