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Lukeyork

Rising damp.

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Dear posse members, many of us know puglian country houses have little or no protection from damp, resulting in odd stains or flaky paint, even failure of the plaster, so I thought I'd share a method of banishing the "umido" once and for all. 

The following method is used for above and below ground applications here in the UKs very wet climate. 

1. Strip off all plaster around a meter high and go further than the damp areas themselves, for example go around the corner on a wall to reduce the chance of it creeping. Remove any skirting board tiles too. 

2. Treat the wall with a bonding agent, SBR laytex with cement works well. 

3. Apply a think layer of cement render to the walls, paying close attention to the floor joints to leave no holes. Allow to dry overnight. 

4. Apply 2 coats of " tar paint, available in LM etc...  " bitsomoso" With a brush. Allow 12 hours between coats, ensure every micron on the cement is covered and the join between the floor and walk is sealed. Mask up where needed. 

5. Apply sbr laytex without cement, allow to go tacky, this will bond the plaster to the rubber paint. 

6. Apply lime plaster and blend in to exsisting . 

Pictures to illustrate. 

Tar paint applied

https://www.dropbox.com/s/er5806p6xkvv2g8/20180214_082949.jpg?dl=0

Finished plaster with tiles on and grouted. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pwcu1fd6149ybwi/20180217_072104.jpg?dl=0

 

No more damp, this system is very effective so I've no doubt it will deal with anything a fairly dry and mild climate has to Chuck at it. 

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Its funny if you had said rising damp years back to me I would have replied how much it made me laugh...don't have much to deal with other than in a part of an extension that is not put to good use and mainly due to not completing the area immediately outside - I normally try to kill myself with dilute spray bleach each March to improve appearances - (the rather costly underfloor heating and heavy Investment in all those new floors actually keeps the rest at bay). You become very thankful for the little things in life :)

Good job you got your work done last week as it is very wet with a nice bite from Scandinavia this week.

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1 hour ago, The P's said:

Neat Job Luke.

Next challenge, how to eradicate in a stone exposed trullo!!!

That's more difficult. Probably the Labour intensive job of installing a plastic dpc and silicone injections. 

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6 hours ago, flora said:

Its funny if you had said rising damp years back to me I would have replied how much it made me laugh...don't have much to deal with other than in a part of an extension that is not put to good use and mainly due to not completing the area immediately outside - I normally try to kill myself with dilute spray bleach each March to improve appearances - (the rather costly underfloor heating and heavy Investment in all those new floors actually keeps the rest at bay). You become very thankful for the little things in life :)

Good job you got your work done last week as it is very wet with a nice bite from Scandinavia this week.

It was bloody awful weather wise when we were there..   That North wind when it gets up is cold.  And the rain just went on and on... 

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Quick update, all areas decorated and zero evidence of damp on the white plaster prior to painting, will be interesting if this tried and tested method stands the test of time in Puglia... My brother gives 10 years warranty on DPC courses in rainly blighty so heres hoping. 

Bought some Anti muffa paint for kitchen and bathroom no idea how effective it will be. 

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Hi Luke

How did your walls fare almost a year on and with the unseasonably wet weather this year? We've been offered a variety of solutions to our damp problem, we are typically befaddled so your experience and views will be welcome!!

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12 hours ago, Bexter said:

Hi Luke

How did your walls fare almost a year on and with the unseasonably wet weather this year? We've been offered a variety of solutions to our damp problem, we are typically befaddled so your experience and views will be welcome!!

Luke isn't on here anymore but anyone with advice would be appreciated.  I'm in the process of calling people at the moment.  Last years horrendous rains have caused me some problems.

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Hi, not an expert myself but if you need it I can recommend some fantastic local builders (Ceglie) who should be able to find a solution. I have used them to do the renovation on our place and their work standard is excellent. Regards Bob

 

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Hi Bob,

Can I possibly have the details of the builders please? We're going to need some works doing and it's great to have positive recommendations.

Cheers!

Kim

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If you would like a constructor but also damp specialist in Puglia, based in Martina Franca, contact Mimmo Fumarola (also on whatsapp)

mimmo.fumarola@libero.it

+39 339 440 7944

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4 hours ago, Admin - Colleen said:

If you would like a constructor but also damp specialist in Puglia, based in Martina Franca, contact Mimmo Fumarola (also on whatsapp)

mimmo.fumarola@libero.it

+39 339 440 7944

Does he cover other areas too?

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11 hours ago, Admin - Colleen said:

Yes, he works quite wide of martina. 

thanks

 

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On 5/20/2019 at 1:05 PM, Kizzy said:

Hi Bob,

Can I possibly have the details of the builders please? We're going to need some works doing and it's great to have positive recommendations.

Cheers!

Kim

Hi Kim, if you contact Pam on +393333978524 she will be able to help. Pam is married to Mimmo who runs the company with his brothers. They have done all of our renovation work and we are so pleased with what they have done. They are a young couple who work so hard and have properties that they let in the area so really understand the letting business and obviously have fantastic local knowledge being locals themselves. Pam speaks very good English which was really helpful while we are trying to learn the language. Let them know Bob and Lucretia recommended them, but don't go tying them up with too much work... we still need them working on our place ;) 

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