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What Can Be Done About Solving Rising Damp?

If you have been told your building has rising damp you are now probably doing some research to find out what's the best way to deal with the problem.

There are a number of technologies out there dealing with the rising damp. Each of these solutions have their pros and cons, some of them work better than others. They are also priced differently.

If you own your property and are planning on living there for some time still, or planning on selling it, then the obvious choice is to solve the rising damp issue, permanently.

In terms of workability and efficiency, rising damp solutions can be divided into 3 main groups:

  • Solutions that merely cover-up the problem
  • Solutions that slow down the rising damp
  • Solutions that permanently stop the rising damp

You can read about each of them briefly below. Click the tab buttons to the left to access the information.

The 3 Options to Solving Rising Damp Problems

Covering up Rising Damp with membrane

Cover the Rising Damp Up

There is a whole industry dedicated to hiding or "covering-up" all imaginable dampness problems, including rising damp. Why? Because of cost. It is a lot cheaper and easier to cover something up than to get to the bottom of it and fix it. Chances are - if you have been dealing with a rising damp problem - that you have been advised by tradesmen to sort the rising damp out by replastering, using a membrane, changing the plasterboard or by tanking it.

All these solutions primarily focus on hiding the dampness problem rather than fixing it. You can recognize them as they “handle” the rising damp by addressing the WALL SURFACE only. Cement based plasters, waterproof membranes, tanking, plasterboards and various ventilation systems fall into this category.

Why Covering Up Rising Damp won't solve the problem?

Primarily because rising damp is not a surface but a DEPTH problem. It deeply permeates the wall fabric and the decay continues behind the surface - behind the new plaster or membrane - and will lead to more expensive repairs later.

These types of solutions are often chosen by people with ...

  •   Low budget (e.g. lower demographics, landlord on a tight budget etc.)
  •   Lack of knowledge and understanding of the problem (e.g. no research, no homework, misinformed etc.)
  •   Intention to sell - cover-up is an easy way to walk away

Go to 2. Slowing Rising Damp Down »

Chemical Treatment for a temporary solution to rising damp

Slowing down the Rising Damp

Solutions in this category slow down rising damp or make it look less intrusive.

Listed Buildings

For old, listed buildings where invasive building work is is not an option, the most common way of dealing with rising damp are:

  •   Re-plastering with breathable lime plaster and / or
  •   Lowering the water table by installing a drainage system.

These measures will improve the situation but will not solve the problem as the capillary rise and the resulting salt decay will continue to damage the building fabric behind the new plaster.

Other buildings

For non-listed buildings the mainstream solutions are the chemical injections, also called chemical DPCs. This is an attempt to control rising damp by injecting water repellent chemicals into the walls in order to prevent the water from rising in the capillaries.

The main challenge of the chemical injections is penetration, their inability to fully block off all pores to achieve a perfect seal. Additionally, the aging of chemicals, the corrosive effects of ground salts, cracks in the masonry due to vibrations and settlement will further weaken its efficiency and the rising damp problem will return.

Go to 3. Solve Rising Damp Permanently »

AQUAPOL - Permanent solution to Rising Damp - for GOOD!

Solve Rising Damp Permanently

In order to fully solve rising damp, the capillary water flow must be permanently stopped. This to prevent the continuous build-up of salts in the building fabric, which is the main cause behind the permanent decay of the masonry. There are 2 types of solutions in the permanent category:

Retrofit Physical Damp Proof Courses

These solutions attempt to insert a new damp proof course into the masonry. The wall is drilled or cut-through horizontally with a chainsaw and steel plates are forced into the gap. This stops rising damp, the results are long-lasting but the solution is VERY invasive. For this reason it is not widely used as a solution (nor in the UK).

Magneto-Physical systems

The latest technological breakthrough, magneto-physical systems such as the AQUAPOL system, due to their non-invasive nature, are particularly suitable for the dehydration of historic or listed buildings.

This solution uses electromagnetic energy to dry out the walls. It addresses the root cause of the problem by permanently stopping the bond between the water molecules and the wall, and when water molecules can't bind to the wall surface, the phenomenon of rising damp stops altogether.

AQUAPOL: Your First Choice to Cure Rising Damp

The Nine Key Differences & Benefits

The AQUAPOL system is very light and gentle. It does not involve drilling lots of holes in the walls or heavy construction work. As such it's suitable for any type of building.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

The results of the AQUAPOL system are permanent. Because it handles the very core of the problem, it provides long-lasting protection against rising damp. We guarantee each system for 20 years, however you can expect them to last about 100 years, give or take.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

Eco-Friendly, clean and Green Technology. The AQUAPOL system powers itself from Earth gravomagnetic fields, a clean and green source of energy, working in harmony with nature.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

Can dry out any masonry or wall thickness. Stone walls?Very thick walls? Very damp walls? - No problem. The AQUAPOL system has you covered as it works for any type of masonry or wall thickness. In the UK walls over 2m thick have been successfully dehydrated . No problem.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

The AQUAPOL system has no running costs. Its power intake is so small (only a few microwatts) that it does not need external power; it will draw its power - through its own antenna system - from the surrounding gravomagnetic field.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

Each AQUAPOL system is sealed from the factory and does not require any maintenance or servicing. The quality of components used during the manufacturing process is very high. Because there are no moving parts, it cannot break down.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

Improves the thermal insulation of the building. Dry walls lose less heat than damp walls. As a result the perceived sense of comfort and well-being of a dry building is significantly improved. Heating costs are also lower. Because the AQUAPOL system dries out all walls, the building's thermal insulation will improve and it will feel more comfortable.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

The installation of the AQUAPOL system is easy. There is no mess or disruption. No need to shift furniture, relocate tenants or close down the business for the day. Overall an easy, hassle-free solution against rising damp. Guaranteed. Once fitted you simply carry on with your life - as usual.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

Each AQUAPOL system is guaranteed to work 20 years, but the actual life expectancy of these systems is much-much longer, around 100 years. And for added peace of mind, in case it fails to dehydrate your building from capillary rising damp, we will refund your money.

AQUAPOL - 9 Primary Benefits - for GOOD!

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