Damp Proof Course – Electro Osmosis and Damp Proof Membrane

Damp Proof Course – Electro Osmosis and Damp Proof Membrane

As part of the survey process before we bought the property we had to obtain a damp and timber survey.

The results of this survey were pretty damning, although to be honest, I’m pretty sure they over exaggerated their findings in order to try to obtain work. Their damp proof reader picked up damp on the internal wall between the front and back living room as well as damp in the kitchen, although the house had bee empty for 5 years and showed no visible signs of damp.

In their list of recommendations they recommended that the walls be injected with a damp proof course – a rather rooky mistake as the house is a typical old house with no cavity walls – therefore such a damp proof course  would be impossible to install.

Due to the above we obtained a second opinion and ended up laying a damp proof membrane, as well as the controversial electro osmosis wire, which I can confirm is rather expensive and I’m still undecided whether I believe a simple wire could prevent rising damp.

Concrete floor and DPC

Damp proof membrane and concrete floor

Kitchen with concrete floor and no renderKitchen with concrete floor and no render

Kitchen with concrete floor, damp proof membrane but no render (yet)

Osmosis Wire

Electro osmosis wire

Waterproof Render in Kitchen

Kitchen complete with waterproof render

Waterproof Render in Lounge

Ben applying waterproof render in the lounge

Waterproof Render in Lounge

Ben applying waterproof render in the lounge

Waterproof Render Fireplace

The fireplace with waterproof render

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