Damp is a phenomenon that is manifested by persistent moisture of the walls because of the water retained in the pores of the materials in which the walls are made. Damp can become an enormous problem for your home! Untreated can easily transform into mold.[expand title=”” trigpos=”below” ]
The smell of dampness is also unhealthy for your body, and can cause respiratory and cardiovascular disease!
Don’t confuse the damp with condensation! Not every wet wall suffer from dampness. Both moisture and condensation are characterized by moisture. The difference? Damp is permanent and condensation is temporary.
Soon, dampness will turn into mold! And you will not get rid of mold, treating the problem superficial! Removing the mold with a dry cloth or painting the wall again doesn’t solve anything! You will not see the mold again on the surface of the wall, but it continues to grow inside it.
Here are some methods against damp and mold
Thermal insulation. Apply thermal insulation to the outside of the building, not to the inside. The role of thermal insulation is to condense the water vapors inside it, because later, due to ventilation, the wall eliminates moisture.
On the outside, the thermal insulation is made by applying expanded polystyrene, mineral wool and polyurethan foam.
Electro-osmotic method. It’s suitable for treating dampness of any origin. The goal is to keep moisture away from home. The method consists in introducing into the wall through some titanium anodes, mounted in the structure, just above the ground level, a very low electrical current, totally harmless. The effect is to reject moisture to the bottom of the wall and to place it into the ground. The installation is clean and fast, the result is invisible, and the destruction is minimal. This system can be used both to prevent dampness and to combat it. Electric consumption is very low.
Paints and anti-damp solutions. These solutions are against condensation, not against dampness. If you use these products to remove dampness, they will not be effective because they act on the effect, not on the cause. They will form an impermeable barrier that will keep water in the wall, preventing condensation on the surface, but wall degradation continues.
If the walls are damaged by condensation, before applying one of these solutions or paints, the walls must be dried by washing them using chlorine and ventilation.[/expand]