Damp Proofing a Protective Barrier

Damp proofing is the process in which a protective barrier is applied to a surface to ensure that moisture cannot pass through.

Dampness in your home can cause a lot of damage such as wood decay, damaging paint work and resulting in possible heat loss not to mention the fact that rising damp is unsightly, it is also unhealthy and is a leading cause of allergies in a household. Rising damp carries with it hygroscopic salts like nitrates and chlorides which absorbs the moisture that is in the atmosphere into the wall.

There are a number of locations in your home that damp may be present, places such as:
  • Bathtubs and Showers because of the water used seepage through the grout may occur.
  • Flower boxes mounted or situated on or near a wall.
  • (Locations) around plastered plinths.
  • There is a wide variety of damp proofing materials you can use these materials include:
  • Rigid materials such as slates, bricks, concrete cement, cement mortar covered with bitumen.
  • Mortar containing waterproofing agents.
  • Flexible materials such as sheets of plastics, lead sheets and bituminous felts.
  • Semi rigid materials
There is off course a other option, Dry wall silane diffusion. This is done in the manner of introducing concentrated amounts of siloxane cream into the wall, this will form a barrier, the cream then defuses at a slow pace which releases a silane vapour that reacts with the silica in the masonry that causes it to form a water repelling resin. 
Because no liquid is used the wall dries quicker, (advantage’s of ) installing this system means:
  • Suitable for use on any type of wall whether it is a stone wall or a brick wall.
  • Solvent free.
  • Low hazard.
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Odour free.
Prevention is better than cure damp proofing. Your home now may save you a lot of money in the long run, money you would have had to spend on repairs caused by damp damage. Damp proofing your home will also greatly increase the value not to mention the relieve from allergies that comes with damp proofing your home. 

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