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Damp walls

Well-known and widely used:
Damp walls and humid masonry.

Humidity in buildings is a known and widespread problem. We differentiate between surface moisture and wall humidity.

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  • Damp walls have a poorer insulation property and thus waste valuable energy.
  • Damp walls have a wet surface and are breeding places for mould and germs.
  • Damp walls produce flakings of plaster and paint. The water evaporates, the salts are left and attack plaster and masonries. There arises a real damage to the structure and thus a significant loss of value of your property.

What is the main cause of damp walls?
The most common reason (80%) is the moisture rising from the earth. It occurs when masonries have direct contact to the soil by leak or missing damp-proof courses.
This, also called "capillary rising wall moisture", moisture has - physically seen – always the effort to rise. It finds its unhindered way up by a filigreed network of small ultra-thin tubes, pores and smallest hollows in the masonry.

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Salts are almost always present which are bound in any soil and each building material - they are dissolved by the moisture and carried along. The water evaporates from the wall surface and the typical saltpeter efflorescences remain.

The first step to dehumidify walls
Consult a specialist and he will investigate the cause of rising damp.

ECODRY specializes in a gentle but effective dehumidification of masonries and has worked successfully in the restoration of a healthy living atmosphere for many years. Read more: successful dehumidification of walls.