Rising Damp is a myth?

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Dr Hindlefokker

Here you will find out all about the damp – in the house and around the house and under the houses too.

As you may already know it has been recently proven beyond any doubt that Rising Damp does not exist. In fact, it has never existed…not ever. No, Rising Damp is a myth and must now take its place with the other mythical things, eh…like the hydra, the Minotaur and Zeus.

So where does that leave those who still suffer from the effects of ‘Rising damp like symptoms’?

That is the damp at the base of the wall and spreading up a bit, with the salting and the perishing of the plaster and such, which in our recent primitive past was know by all as Rising Damp?

I have the answer for you.

On the YouTube I found a video from the Lewisham council in which it was proven that Rising Damp does not exist.

On close inspection of the irrefutable scientific evidence I was able to deduce the true cause of the problem and here I will explain for you.

Notice here is a representation of the damp wall which the clever expert found for us. The brick wall has all the symptoms of the Rising Damp. But the wall at the base has been thickened with a cement PLINTH.

Now then, behind the PLINTH, we find the existing physical DPC, which presumably was incorporated into the wall in error by someone who thought Rising Damp existed – what a waste of money that was eh?

Anyway, perhaps the bricks at the bottom of the wall near the DPC decayed; maybe they were chewed on by the primitive and starving bricklayer, who knows? It came to pass that these bricks needed to be hidden so the PLINTH was formed.

Now then, the damp became worse and is Rising..eh I mean coming, into the wall and up the wall and is passing by the DPC here – at the DPC level, where the PLINTH crosses it You see that the damp was only below the DPC but now it has used the PLINTH as a bridge and is coming higher up the wall.

In this case the obvious answer was to remove the bridge by cutting a horizontal chase in the PLITH at the DPC position. This was done – and guess what happened..?

Yes, you are right. The damp stopped coming and the ‘Rising Damp like Symptoms’ disappeared too.

Of course, this proves beyond doubt that Rising Damp is a myth and that the damp was lifting up the wall by capillary action which was initially stopped by the DPC, which was never needed anyway (surly some mistake. Ed), but as soon as more mortar was added without a DPC incorporated in it, the damp lifted into the PLINTH and up the wall – as if it were rising damp, which of course it cannot be!

So my students – Rising damp is dead – we must turn our attention to the scourge of Lifting Damp!

But what to do? I have the answer too my friends. It so happens that the Dry Zone DPC cream, which was foolishly and erroneously designed to stop Rising Damp, has now been found to be effective against the Lifting Damp also. Injection of the cream into these materials lines the pores with water repellent and in so doing breaks the adhesive bond which occurs at a sub atomic level so that the water is not attracted to the wall and is happy to stay attracted to itself – thus the Lifting Damp is stopped.

We at Brick-Tie Preservation are now using Dry Zone to effectively solve ‘Rising Damp Like symptoms’ with this revolutionary lifting damp treatment.

Call us today for further information.

Good bye students – look out for more Doctor Hindlefokker bulletins soon.

Comments

  1. Richard says:

    If this is true then why has my house got signs of rising damp but has no plinth? and surely the rising damp caused by the plinth so there was in fact rising damp but it was cured by unbridging the damp course which means rising damp does exist and isnt a myth. I think your theory is very misleading

  2. Hi Richard,

    I think you misunderstand – my fault for writing this half hearted article; it was just a bit of fun. Dr Hindlefokker is being sarcastic – of course rising damp exists; anyone who believes the contrary is deluded….

    Please have a look at the following posts to clarify:

    http://www.preservationexpert.co.uk/doctor-erics-paper-another-nail-in-the-coffin-of-the-rising-damp-myth/

    http://www.preservationexpert.co.uk/the-rising-damp-myth-is-a-scandal-like-yesterdays-mmr-scare/

    Honestly Richard…there are some people who actualy believe the crap about rising damp being a myth. The trouble is, some of them are high profile media types with influence with RICS and such……it’s tragic.

    Dry Rot.

    • Sparky says:

      Hi,
      just stumbled across this thread, I’m not a builder just an enthusiatic amateur. If rising damp exists why isn’t the brick wall in my garden (no dpc) not wet anywhere except the bits below ground? I live in a timber framed C16th house that has internal brick walls that have been built directly onto the earth with no dpc, and again no damp. Admittedly I live in Suffolk, one of the driest county’s in the country, but surely I would see some evidence of damp rising.
      Moisture meters, and the whole industry of damp proofing need regulation, as ventilation and sympathetic building materials are surely a much better option.

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