Last edited 24 Mar 2021

Does damp proofing work?

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[edit] Introduction

Damp proofing is the generic term that encapsulates the ways to defend a home from the different sources of elevated moisture and dampness. Damp builds up in floors, walls, lofts and basements very easily, allowing mould, rot and mildew to take hold and spread. This can lead to the core of a home becoming fundamentally damaged if left untreated. That’s why it’s necessary to damp proof a home and prevent a potential loss of structural integrity and even a potential collapse if left untreated too long.

[edit] Does damp proofing work?

Damp proofing should stop damp from passing through into a wall. However, it cannot stop water soaking up from below the ground, especially if bricks are particularly porous or the water table is especially high in the area.

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