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This specification is covered by a current Agrément Certificate, a copy of which is available on request.
This is the vertical rise of moisture through walls. The water originates from the ground and passes up through the porous masonry, which acts like a wick.
To prevent or substantially reduce the capillary rise of water in the walls above the level at which the system is installed, thereby to prevent the appearance of such moisture on the internal surface of the wall.
The system is suitable for use in walls constructed of a wide range of materials including brick, concrete, most types of masonry and combinations of these materials.
We reserve the right to depart from the provisions of this Specification in such respects as may be found necessary during the course of the work.
This system is subject to a ten-year guarantee on final completion of the contract in accordance with our standard terms and conditions.
Drilling may necessitate the use of percussion drills, causing slight vibration of the wall. The client should remove any items of value from walls, window cills, shelves, or other areas, which may become subject to vibration.
Where a party wall is treated, silicone fluid may become visible in the neighbouring premises. Drilling may cause slight vibration of the wall and breakable items should be removed from contact with it. It is EXCLUSIVELY the client’s responsibility to obtain their neighbour's agreement, in line with the Party Wall Act before work proceeds. In view of these responsibilities we can accept no liability for damage in the neighbouring premises arising from these factors.
So far as is practical, we will take steps to minimise damage to plants growing on or near the walls to be treated, but we cannot accept responsibility for consequent loss or damage to such plants.
The carrier within silicone fluids may dissolve or otherwise damage polystyrene foam or other plastic insulation materials inserted into cavity walls. We cannot accept responsibility for determining whether such insulants are present in cavity walls before recommending a damp-proofing system, or for subsequent damage to them.
The installation of a damp-proof course serves one vital purpose only, to prevent or substantially reduce the future further capillary movement of water from the soil into the wall. It does not itself dry the wall. The wall must therefore be given time to dry out by the normal process of evaporation. This drying period will depend on a variety of factors, including the wetness and thickness of the wall, the internal humidity, the porosity of the walling material and its internal and external renderings, the decorations, local climate and heating and ventilation arrangements. A guideline figure based upon one months drying time per inch of total wall thickness will provide an indication of the period required before the wall may be expected to be dry.
Lightweight, gypsum plasters should not be used on walls where a chemical damp-proof course has been installed. Please refer to our Re-plastering Specification.
To maintain the effectiveness of the system the owner or occupier of the premises must ensure that the system is not bridged by the raising of flower beds, paths or drives etc., against the treated walls, or by the construction of new solid floors or other alterations or additions to the building.
Our findings are based upon visual or instrumental evidence as recorded in your report. Regarding damp problems, unless it can be specifically diagnosed as condensatory, we have presumed that “damp” readings are due to the lack of a damp-proof barrier. This is not intended to infer that any previous works carried out by others is at fault. All initial checks for damp related problems are conducted with the use of a simple pin type moisture meter. We do not, unless otherwise requested in writing, carry out damp surveys using carbide meters which require samples to be taken physically from the brickwork by drilling.