Rising damp is not the most common form of dampness encountered in buildings; this is left to condensation. However, it is very likely that a high proportion of older buildings are affected by rising damp to some degree or another, and it does cause problems with positive identification, appropriate remedial action and ancillary works.
This manual has been produced to enlighten and inform those who are in some way involved with the control of rising damp in buildings. It assumes the reader already possesses a basic knowledge of the subject and therefore hopes to expand upon this.
The manual deals with the most common situations encountered with regard to rising damp and remedial action. It does not cover structural waterproofing (tanking).
This manual outlines the identification of dampness problems in buildings and the use of Dryzone damp-proofing cream and ancillary works for the control of rising dampness. This book should be read thoroughly to become familiar with the system prior to undertaking any works.
It is also important that the user of Safeguard damp-proofing systems is thoroughly familiar with BS 6576:2005, “Code of practice for diagnosis of rising damp in walls of buildings and installation of chemical damp-proof courses” around which this publication is based.
Finally, the installer of any chemical damp-proof course system must be aware of any risk and hazards which the processes might cause, and therefore be aware of their duties under the COSHH Regulations. Also it is prudent to ensure that the property owners have complied with the Party Wall Act 1996 where appropriate.
Note on British Standards/Publications referred to in this document: The following publications are referred to throughout this book:
BS 6576 BS CP102 1973 BRE Digest 245
Although these publications were produced in the UK, the techniques and methods described can be used in any country.


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