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DAMP

Here is a classic example of condensation.
Warm air condensing onto a cold external wall.

Modern plastic paint trapping moisture.

We have all seen this !

Damp can be a battle in old houses especially those that have had re-plastering or over- skimming carried out. Modern plaster in an old house is a recipe for disaster as it traps moisture and invites condensation. Incidentally condensation is mostly what damp experts call rising damp.

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Pointing with a lime mortar will allow the moisture previously trapped by the cement to evaporate. Combine this with lime plaster on the inside and the wall will dry out a treat.

TAKE NOTE THERE IS NO NEED TO HAVE A SO CALLED 'DAMP EXPERT' INJECT YOUR HOME WITH NASTY CHEMICALS THAT WON’T WORK AND THEN TANK YOUR WALLS - YOU WILL BE THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME TRY TO CLAIM ON THEIR INSURANCE BACKED GUARANTEE.

Voids in the walls can cause internal damp.

The other enemy in old houses is ventilation. We are obsessed with closing all drafts and sealing our homes that we have forgotten to ventilate them. Old fireplaces if left open and used will change the air in the room by as much as four times taking with it, damp air. Even an open but unused fireplace will help to ventilate the room.

Combining regular maintenance and removal of modern coverings and replacing with lime means you will only need to do it once and you will have a healthy dry home for generations to come.

Rob can explain your options anytime to suit.