Frequently asked questions
The installation of DryBricks usually takes one to two days, depending on the size of the property. Please note, since we predominantly work from the outside of your property, you don’t need to be at home during the installation, however, if the surveyor has specified that AirBricks need to be fitted, we would need access inside. Also, please note that the installation team will need access to water and electricity.
Any type of stone or brick wall, whether solid or containing a cavity, insulated or not, is eligible for the SmartDry DryBricks. They are designed in such a way that we are able to adapt our installations to the specifics of your walls.
The drying out process starts directly after installation, but you will have to wait a bit before seeing results. Bear in mind that the walls of your property may have been saturating with moisture over decades. The first results will be noticed after a couple of months, depending on the type of wall. See our product page for more info.
Generally speaking, the system needs to be installed along the whole exterior wall, because otherwise the damp problem will only be displaced. Arrange a damp survey and we’ll give you advice regarding your specific damp problem.
Apart from providing us with water and electricity, it’s not necessary for you to be at home during the entire duration of the installation of our DryBricks. Please note, however, that we will need access to the interior of the property for the installation of airbricks as these are fitted to the interior wall of your property.
We can provide the DryBricks in six standard colours. If you’d like a specific colour, it is always possible to have the DryBricks painted.
The main body of the DryBricks aligns with the face of the exterior wall, and the air inlets protrude 2 cm out of that wall. The depth is different for each type of wall and is customised on site.
Our products are completely maintenance free, however we do recommend cleaning the external DryBricks once a year and checking that the air can flow freely through them.
We have an office in Spain from where we cover the whole South of Europe including Portugal, the Canaries, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. We can always negotiate possibilities for different countries. Contact our UK office for more information.
Yes, we can arrange for a professional damp specialist to perform a Gravimetric Moisture Test and create a damp report for your property. This has a cost of £275,00 (inc. VAT)
It is not required to re-plaster to install our System as it is installed from the outside, so the interior walls are left untouched; please note that sometimes we have seen that the previous or current plasterer has decided to use a waterproof or unbreathable plaster where a lime based plaster should’ve been used. In these instances, we always advise you to use a lime-based, breathable plaster.
When it’s safe to redecorate will always depend on the initial damp readings, we suggest you wait at least a year before redecorating, although you may be able to redecorate sooner. Please ask one of our specialists before redecorating. Also, it’s important to note that when redecorating you must use breathable materials, like lime based plaster, breathable paints (such as clay paint) and breathable wallpapers. If you use a waterproof plaster, polymer paints or vinyl wallpapers, all materials which prevent the walls from breathing, these will block the system and consequently void the guarantee.
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Feel free to contact us for a free damp survey or advice from our damp expert.