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Dealing with Dampness

Environment, Property & Regulation

Courses Overview:

The aim of this 1 day course is to understand why and how condensation, damp and rot occur in buildings and to discuss appropriate remedies. This comprehensively structured course draws on case studies in housing and other building types and is designed to appeal to new entrants to property maintenance and facility management and as a comprehensive refresher for existing practitioners. The content is also relevant to those involved in managing energy efficiency improvements.

Dampness in all its forms continues to be a source of common building defects. The course adopts a forensic approach to diagnosing and investigating the causes of these defects and provides solutions for remedial work and preventative strategies.

This course is most suited for Local authorities, housing associations, maintenance officers, inspectors, administrative staff and housing officers.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand what causes dampness
• Get to grips with the effects and consequences
• Recognise how to prevent and avoid dampness
• Gain knowledge of building to keep dampness away
• Benefit from a post seminar help line

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Sources, Effects and Consequences of Dampness
Rising, penetrating, condensation, plumbing, flooding
• Defining, measuring and mapping dampness and condensation
• Visible and hidden effects including internal drainage
• Effects on structure and materials – masonry, concrete, steel and timber components
• Effects on finishes – walls, ceilings and floors
• Salt contamination and efflorescence
• Mould growth and detriment to health
• Wet and dry rot – fungal attack

Investigating Dampness
Process, inspection and diagnostic techniques & equipment
• Regular inspection and good maintenance practice
• The process of diagnosing defects
• Inspection and diagnostics – tools, checklists, visual, verbal & verification techniques
• Opening up and making good – collecting evidence
• Measuring moisture and humidity – moisture and carbide meters, hygrometer, drilled samples, thermal measuring, impedance testing, thermometers and sensors
• Investigation and detection techniques
• Reporting on damp defects

Causes of Dampness
Design, construction, maintenance, buildings in use
• Relative humidity, water in building materials, vapour pressure
• Groundwater, drainage and tree proximity
• Defects attributable to design and specification
• Defects resulting from poor construction
• Good practice maintenance regimes- early identification of failures
• Dampness caused by buildings in use
• Insulation, ventilation and dampness – heat transfer and thermal bridging

Prevention, avoidance and remedies
Specifying and procuring repairs
• Detailing and installation of damp proof membranes and materials
• Structural waterproofing
• Controlling vapour movement, barriers and humidity control
• Remedying rising damp in walls and floors
• Remedying roof leaks
• Remedying rain penetration in external walls and window openings
• Remedying timber rot

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