Damp Proofing - The Time is Now!
Summer is prime time for repair and renovation projects, particularly the solving and prevention of rising damp issues. This is due to both the structure and the ground it is built upon being at its driest level of the year, allowing work to quickly and successfully progress.
At the level of the footings where walls meet the ground, contact with soils wetted by groundwater leads to capillary action elevating it into the masonry. Classically rising to a height of around one metre to leave line on the wall and indicate rising damp’s damaging presence, the water evaporates to leave behind salts which, as they encourage further moisture to be drawn from the air, exacerbate the process.
During the warm summer months, groundwater levels are at a negligible level and sometimes moisture at footing level is completely eliminated. With no moisture source, the walls will dry quickly and be at their most suitable for treatment. Once the damp treatment has been carried out and the moisture in the wall has evaporated, renovation work such as plastering and painting can take place, drying much quicker than normal in the warm air and allowing the area to rapidly become habitable once more.
Containing everything required to effectively treat a large area of wall, the Twistfix Rising Damp Kit is one of the most popular damp proofing solutions in our comprehensive collection. Included is 3 litres of specialist Twistfix damp proof cream which, manufactured using an emulsification process and distributed between eight convenient cartridges, migrates speedily into pores in damp walls when applied; this deep and complete migration creates an effective, lasting chemical damp proof course. Also included are five litres of plastering additive which, once mixed with render, will help to prevent further problems by acting as a salt inhibitor.