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Dampness in the walls

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ScottishRon
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:32 pm    Post subject: Dampness in the walls Reply with quote

<font class="content">We have bought an old townhouse in a village not far from Granada icon_biggrin.gif . We have (what looks like) rising damp in some of the walls icon_cry.gif and the plaster has become soft. What's the best way to treat this? Do I remove the plaster and treat the walls? Do the Spanish use the 'injection' treatment for rising damp I've seen advertised in the UK? Any advice would be appreciated.</font>
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">We have had the same problem in our house but only in the cave part. I noticed that you said your house was townhouse, but is any part of it cave at all icon_question.gif

Sarah</font>
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hi
This is a typical problem with old houses and on the whole has nothing to do with rising damp. If the house has "mud and plaster and stone" walls, what you see as damp is really a kind of salty exudation from inside the walls.
All sorts of treatments have been suggested and NONE of them work. I mean that! There is no kind of wonderful solution you can paint on and, however much you scrape back the plaster, it will only happen again and again and again.
We had the same problem and we did solve it but it wasn't easy.

1. Don't bother scraping anything. One job less...
2. line the ENTIRE ROOM with thick plastic, making sure there are no gaps. Ceiling too. Use tacks and a staple gun.
3. Cover all the plastic with small-hole chicken wire mesh and staple in place.
4. Apply a thinnish coat of Mojacar Blanco. NOT YESO.
5. Using long nails and penny-washers, every 10-12 inches hammer one in to the old wall through the mesh, catching it and fixing it better. On the ceiling you can use those metal strips with holes, making sure they are about 10 inches apart, criss cross.
6. Apply a thickish layer of Mojacar Blanco to cover it all up. NOT YESO.
7. Paint - maybe 2 coats to make the touch less "gritty" (grit is due to the marble dust in the Mojacar Blanco).
8. Forget about it for ever!

Sounds drastic? True - it also makes the room about 1 inch smaller along each wall. Soudns expensive? True, but you only have to do it once. Sounds like hard work? It is - been there, done that and it aches all over!

But the peace of mind knowing you'll never have to do it again is just wonderful icon_smile.gif

Cheers, Ahana</font>
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