Treat Damp: A DIY Guide to Protect Your Home

Damp proofing a home saves you money in the long run by providing protection against serious issues such as dry rot. The good news is that there are a couple popular methods for damp proof course (DPC) that you can do yourself for a minimal amount of time and money. These methods include Chemical DPC and Electro Osmosis Damp Proofing.

Gather the following supplies: electric charge system damp-proofing kit, do it yourself chemical DPC injection kit, do it yourself damp-proofing cream, power drill, and club hammer. Before completing these methods, you must take off the skirting board. When you are finished with the treatment, reinstall the skirting board.

Chemical DPC

  1. Use a club hammer to remove the plaster.
  2. Drill several holes down 150-mm or 6-inches over the floor surface and 75-mm or 3-inches with spacing of 112-mm or 4.5-inches.
  3. Prepare the injection pump and insert the hose into a DPC fluid drum.
  4. Place the pump’s nozzle into each hole and inject fluid until the surface darkens and becomes wet.
  5. Let it dry for approximately one month before filling it in with a waterproofing agent.

Osmosis Electrical System

  1. Install an electric charge system known as an Osmosis Electrical System. It is best for thick walls and can be hidden behind skirting boards.
  2. Drill the number of holes needed for the titanium wires or anodes that come with the kit. Drill down 150-mm or 6-inches over the floor surface and 75-mm or 3-inches deep with one-meter spacing.
  3. Insert the included anodes into the holes. Do not insert these wires in close proximity to central heating or water pipes unless you insulate them ahead of time.
  4. Fill the hole with mortar and a water-repellent agent.
  5. Install the earth rods into the ground.