• Damp,  Tips & HowTo

    Can removing cement ‘waterproofing’ actually dry out your home?

    Cement render is often applied in an attempt to ‘waterproof’ or tank a wall. On this house the back walls have been rendered both externally and internally in places. As you will see, there is convincing evidence that this has actually been trapping moisture, one way or another. To give context, this is the room in question… Before (14/08/2015) : During (01/08/2017) – having removed a mixture of lime plaster, gypsum & cement : After unblocking fireplace, replacing damaged bricks & slumping arch, applying 3 coats of limewash to walls & repointing chimney breast with lime putty mortar (09/08/2017) : You can see exactly how the limewash reveals the problem…

  • Damp,  Demolition,  Walls

    Dining Room Plaster Removal 31/07/2017

    This is how the room looked after buying the house in May 2015 (the electric fire insert has been removed and carpet corners lifted) You can see the signs of damp in the alcoves halfway up the wall – starting to blister off the vinyl patterned wallpaper. The skirting board in the alcove to the right was completely missing & had been replaced by a hastily moulded concrete creation! This corner is in the right alcove where it abuts the external wall. You can see the cement render on the right, some kind of silver ‘waterproofing’ or damp-stop paint, various white salts escaping the wall particularly where the gypsum joins…