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Damp proof courses in buildings

Posted by Ashvini Vyas on January 24, 2012 (0 Comments)

If you are losing the beauty of your home due to dampness then apply damp proof course as a solution. Usually found that most of the buildings get prone to dampness every year. These buildings become very easily prone to all the three majorly damp: rising damp, condensation, and penetration damp. Damp proof course (DCP) should be inserted during the construction of the building and protecting its walls from moisture. Damp proofing means waterproofing applied to building foundation walls preventing them from moisture which passes through the walls into the inner spaces of the home walls. It must be applied during construction otherwise your home may become prone to any type of damp like rising damp. Builders should not forget the fact that Damp proof course prevents dampness in buildings and extending their life cycle.  

Damp proof course not only protects the beauty and life of your home walls but also saves your money. Lots of materials are required for damp proofing such as flexible materials such as plastic sheets, lead sheets etc; semi-rigid materials, rigid materials, stones, mortar covered with waterproofing compounds, coarse & layers under floors, insertion of plastic sheets under floors and many more. So, all these materials are used to complete damp proof course in buildings and strengthening the walls more than previously. Just to avoid water reaching to these walls, a layer of DCP is inserted at the plinth level (it’s a joint level of walls and foundations). Make sure that a DPC membrane is 4" to 9" wide, a point to be checked before hand. 

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