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Why is a damp proofing course so important?

Posted by Sachit Patel on June 09, 2011 (0 Comments)

There are many reasons why damp proofing course is important; of course the main one being that it prevents the raising damp to have an effect on the building in question. Raising dap is in fact the capillary spreading of the moisture coming from the ground into the walls of the building, which can lead to serious damp issues around the place, which not only looks very ugly, but can also have adverse effects to the health of the people living in the building in question. And a damp proofing course is the best way to prevent this, as it is much better to prevent the issue than address it later. This is true because no solution to this problem can be as effective as preventing it in the first place.

A damp proofing course is in fact a layer of materials that cannot be penetrated by moisture and it is most commonly laid some 6 inches from the ground. Historically, materials such as slate or lead have been used for making the damp proofing course, but today, materials such as bitumen, or some polythene-based materials are used for this purpose. You can even get a damp proofing course made from recycled plastic, if you are concerned with the “green” issue.

No matter what it is made from, a damp proofing course is crucial for protecting the building from damp and it is one of the most important issues to look out for when building.

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