Damp Solutions that Work

As construction methods improve, buildings are becoming increasingly airtight. This is great for staying warm in the cold winter months but makes condensation more common as buildings are less breathable.

Walls need to breathe, and water needs to move. Our damp solutions actively treat water ingress by redirecting the movement of moisture from the walls to the outside environment.

Whatever the cause of the problem – rising damp, condensation or penetrating damp, SmartDry has a product to alleviate the problem.

DryBrick

Rising and penetrating damp

General Information
  • SmartDry DryBricks are an innovative and patented damp treatment solution, which unlike other products on the market, actively remove damp from walls in an entirely natural way.
  • DryBricks are installed into exterior walls and use basic physics to remove damp for good and improve the interior climate of your home.
  • Every DryBrick is capable of removing 266cc water per 24 hours without the need for any external energy. This makes them the most sustainable and efficient damp treatment available, and because they last a lifetime, the most cost-effective solution too.
  • Unlike other damp treatment solutions, SmartDry DryBricks do not employ any harmful chemicals.

Air is the active component in the SmartDry DryBrick. Once the patented DryBricks are in place, the wind that circulates your home causes natural airflow through their elements. This airflow cools the chambers inside and since damp is always attracted to colder places, it collects and condenses inside the air chambers. As a result, damp is drawn from the surrounding wall or cavity and transferred to the cavity within the element. The same airflow causes a cooling effect and transports the condensed moisture to the outside.

By exploiting the natural principles of ventilation and evaporation, it’s possible to dry out even the most saturated walls.

Whether you have rising or penetrating damp, SmartDry DryBricks are guaranteed to remove your damp problem.

  • Draws damp out from the walls and expels it to the outside
  • Exploits the natural flow of air around the wall, so doesn’t require an energy source
  • Improves the insulating capabilities of your walls
  • Dries walls out in 6 months, keeps them dry for life
  • Actively removes damp (266cc of water every 24 hours)
  • Does not require any maintenance
  • Guaranteed for life, so durable you’ll never need to claim
Performance

1

Air is the active component. The slightest breeze around the house causes air to pass through each of the elements. Each one has a wing, which protrudes to the exterior capturing airflow and guiding it to the chamber inside.

2

This airflow causes a slight drop in pressure inside the chamber, which cools the shell (Verturi Effect). A small temperature difference creates a dew point, activating the condensation process inside the unit.

3

The damp, which is present in the property’s walls, now starts to condense on the porous shell and is drawn into the material through a strong capillary action. As a result, the damp is evenly diffused within the shell. The damper the shell becomes, the more the system will extract moisture from the walls. It’s a self-regulating process.

4

The same low pressure that initially caused the temperature to drop inside the chamber of the unit is still present. This encourages the evaporation of water vapor in the air (Henry’s Law). The porous shell continuously transports humid air to the chamber where the moisture evaporates.

5

When the damp evaporates into the air, it is directly transported outside. Each installed element is capable of expelling 266 ccs of water per 24 hours. As long as the elements are present, and there is a slight breeze, damp will be drawn out of the walls.

Installation

How long does the installation take?

The average installation takes 2 days to complete.

As soon as the installation is complete, we provide a full clean up and the damp removal system will start to work.

When will I start to notice a difference?

You will start to notice the effects of our damp treatment after a couple of months. The walls will get drier and the interior climate will feel more comfortable and warmer.

Works on:

  • Brick walls
  • Stone walls
  • Cavity walls
  • Rendered walls
  • Insulated walls
  • Historical walls
Specifications

Integrated Design

The elements can also be painted to ensure they are as discreet as possible. We will bring samples along to check the colour against your wall and can advise on the right one. You’re free to make the final choice, without any surcharges. We can also align our work with other contractors or architects that you may be working with.

The measurements are always adjusted so that the overall composition is as natural as possible. Some of our clients choose to offset the colour of the wall with a different one for the elements. Others like to match the colours.

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The elements come in six standard colours:

Choose example color

Yellow Sandstone
Old White
Marble White
Forest Brown
Brick Red
Basalt Black
Test results

For this test two brick walls were set up in a large industrial hall with a relative humidity of 43%, which is represented in the diagram with a dotted line. Wall B has the DryBricks installed and Wall A does not. Both walls were completely saturated with water from a basin in preparation for the test. The relative humidity of the air is measured right next to the wall during a period of 8 weeks. The red colour represents the wall with the DryBricks installed in it.

 

At day 0 both relative humidity (RH) values are approximately the same, but after only two weeks the difference between the two walls is clearly distinguishable.

After 8 weeks, the RH for the DryBrick damp treatment (Wall B) has dropped by 44.6%, whereas the RH of Wall A has only dropped by 13.4%.

The wall with the SmartDry damp treatment performs 3.3 times better than the one without. Wall B (with the DryBrick damp treatment) has expelled a volume equivalent to 2.5 bathtubs more than the wall without.

Test A

Again two walls (wall A without damp treatment and wall B with one SmartDry DryBrick Element), but this time the walls were placed with their bases immersed in basins of unlimited water during the whole test period, simulating the conditions of rising damp. The water inside both the basins is monitored and maintained at a steady level by the extra water supply. The amount of water required to keep the main basins at the same level is equal to the amount of water expelled by the walls and is visualised in this graph:

 

Both walls expel damp to the surrounding area through the process of entropy, i.e. if you leave a glass of water on a kitchen counter it will dry up eventually.

The difference between the two walls however, is remarkable straight from the beginning. The lines fluctuate mildly because of slight inconsistencies in the surrounding climates, which will always occur and be more prominent in real life situations. The dotted line represents the difference between the two: in this situation each element expels 6 pints of water per week!

Test B

DewBrick

Rising damp & condensation

General Information

Which damp problems
can be treated?

Whether it’s a condensation problem or rising damp, the SmartDry DewBrick effectively alleviates both issues and improves your home’s air quality. We’ve widened the wingspan of the exterior element and improved its aerodynamics to allow 2.5 times more airflow than before.

But the innovations don’t stop there.

A new porous Bubblecrete material has been specifically developed for the interior shell. This absorbs up to 2.2 times more damp and has better insulating capabilities than ever before. We’ve also added extra filters to keep the interior sections clean.

The DewBrick works by creating a dew point close to the interior wall, which attracts the condensation and then expels it to the outside via the natural flow of air passing through the element. This creates cleaner air, dryer walls, improved insulation and reduced heat loss.

Dewbrick General Information

Dewbrick General Information

Performance

1

A dew point is the temperature at which moisture in the air begins to condense. The DewBrick exploits this by creating dew points on the interior walls in order to attract the damp away from the interior of the property and expel it outside.

2

When damp air comes into contact with the DewBrick’s Bubblecrete porous section, condensation takes place, which draws water vapor from the air inside your home and from the wall.

3

The condensation that makes contact with the shell is drawn into the porous Bubblecrete material through capillary action. This new and improved material can hold 2.2x more water damp than before.

4

Damp is also drawn from the wall itself, which prevents and cures rising damp.

5

Like the DryBrick, the exterior airflow is guided into the interior of the DewBrick via the aerodynamic wing, where it extracts the damp and dries out the wall.

Installation

How are DewBricks
installed?

Just like the DryBricks, DewBricks are installed from the outside into the exterior walls.

 

Dewbrick Installation

How long does the installation take?

The average installation takes 2-4 days to complete.

Because the interior wall will be breached during the installation, we advise you to cover your furniture with some sheets to avoid them coming into contact with dust generated from drilling into the plaster of the interior wall. Bed sheets work great for this, as they’re really easy to clean. Don’t worry, though; the installation only creates a small amount of dust.

As soon as the installation is complete, we provide a full clean up to the outside of your property and the damp removal system will start working right away.

 

When will I start to notice a difference?

You will start to notice the effects of the DewBricks immediately as the interior climate starts to feel warmer and more comfortable. After a couple of months the walls will get drier the the situation improves even more.

DrySkirt

Condensation Solved

General Information

Developed specifically for condensation problems, the DrySkirt is a porous skirting board that works by attracting condensation from the walls and expelling it outside. It does not require you to make any changes to your existing walls and will not impact the existing fabric of your property. This makes it ideal for listed buildings that have to adhere to strict renovation regulations.

Like all SmartDry damp solutions, DrySkirt relies solely on the flow of air and water to rid your property of damp caused by condensation.

If a condensation problem is particularly persistent, we can even install a small and silent ventilator to give nature a helping hand in speeding up airflow behind the skirting board. This is useful for areas of buildings that are closed off and don’t benefit from drafts when ventilated.

  • Ideal for listed buildings.
  • Does not interfere with the fabric of the building.
  • Relies solely on the natural flow of air.

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Performance

1

A cool airflow from outside is directed into the grooved channels behind the skirting board (on the backside that makes contact with the wall and is not visible once installed).

2

The DrySkirt cools down to dew point level and condensation starts forming on the surface, extracting water vapor from the humid air that surrounds it.

3

The porous Bubblecrete material absorbs the moisture through capillary action and expels it to the outside by exploiting the airflow behind the skirting board.

4

Relative humidity of the interior climate is now lower, which makes the air healthier to breathe.

5

Each meter of Dryskirt can extract 0,32 litres of damp every 24 hours.

Installation

How is DrySkirt
installed?

The DrySkirt requires very light installation on the interior of your property. Some drilling is required to fix the skirting boards to the wall and we’ll need you to clear some space to allow us to work.

Dryskirt Installation

How long does the installation take?

The existing skirting board is removed and replaced with the porous DrySkirt. An average installation takes between 1-2 days.

To allow the moisture to be expelled to the outside, we’ll have to drill some small holes in the walls, but these create very little impact and are hardly noticeable.

When will I start to notice a difference?

You will start to notice the effects of the DrySkirt immediately as the interior climate starts to feel warmer and more comfortable.