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Moisture problems in the wall

6th June 2019 —

If you suffer from moisture problems in your home then this will in many cases concern moisture problems in the wall. The walls support the home and are connected to the foundation and the ground. Visible walls run through to the basement and crawl spaces, the most sensitive places for moisture. This is also the reason why the walls of your home can easily be affected by moisture. Moisture in the wall is something you don't want, because it can have major consequences for the overall living environment in your home. It is therefore important to have a quickly remedy for moisture in the walls.

What is the cause of moisture in the wall?

If you suffer from moisture in the walls of your home, then there can be various causes. It is therefore important to find the correct cause. You may be able to fix up your walls for a while, but this is just symptom relief. If you do not fight the approved source, you will be keeping moisture in the walls and all associated consequences. If you cannot find the cause, it is wise to have SmartDry come over. As an expert in every area of ​​all kinds of moisture problems, we can find out the cause and help you get rid of your moisture problems with our revolutionary and sustainable solution.

What are the most common causes of moisture problems in the wall?

Rising damp

Rising moisture can often be designated as the cause of moisture in the walls. With rising damp you mainly suffer from moisture in the bottom of the wall. Raising moisture is groundwater that makes its way in through the foundation, the basement, crawl space or the underside of porous outer walls. The moisture then pulls up through the wall, making your walls feel wet. If you have a good water barrier in the wall of your home, rising damp will be stopped. But a lot of older homes lack a water barrier and moisture then has free entry.

Break out moisture

Breakthrough moisture can also be a cause of moisture in your walls. This mainly concerns affected exterior facades that rainwater hits. Because the damaged outer wall can allow moisture through, the moisture will also penetrate the inner walls. This causes the same symptoms as with rising damp. A solution for this is repairing the outside wall and having it impregnated. The moisture in your interior walls can be remedied by the SmartDry solution. This will also prevent a damped inner wall in the future.

Condensation

Condensation becomes a problem if the humidity in the house is too high and the moisture does not get a chance to leave the home. Living moisture in the house is completely normal. This already occurs when people are present in the house through breathing. There is also showering and cooking in the house. This can temporarily cause a high humidity in the house. In many cases it helps to open a window. But this does not always help. In cases where a home is very well insulated or if good ventilation is lacking, the home cannot moisture out and no fresh air will enter the home. Condensation will then form. This can often be recognized by the misted windows. But condensation can also settle on the walls. If the humidity in the home is constantly too high, this will affect the walls.

Cold bridges

A thermal bridge is a problem with insulation in the wall. The insulation shell of the home is then interrupted in one or more places. This can be the case, for example, if cavity wall insulation has subsided. Remnant spoil or building rubble can also provide a cold bridge. A cold bridge is called so because this space forms the bridge between the inner and outer walls. These are the cold spots in the wall. Because moisture attracts to the coldest place, thermal bridges always pose a risk of moisture in the wall.

What are the consequences of damp walls?

Naturally, damp walls present many problems. Firstly, damp spots will appear on the wall. This is already ugly to see, but due to the moisture in the walls, wallpaper and plaster will also come loose. A new wallpaper will not help, as long as the moisture problem is not solved. The walls will remain damp and your new wallpaper will also come off. With prolonged moisture in the wall, mold gets the chance to expand considerably. You can recognize mold by the black spots that appear on the wall. This not only disfigures the wall, but mold can also penetrate deep into the wall and even into the structure. Because of this you will be driven at great expense, because you will have to replace parts of the structure. In addition, mold on wall is extremely unhealthy for the residents. Mold will cause respiratory symptoms and chronic allergic symptoms may occur. Due to cold and damp walls you will also have difficulty heating your home. You will burn a lot more, which leads to a higher energy bill.

The perfect solution for moisture in the wall: the SmartDry DryBrick

SmartDry offers the ideal solution for moisture in the wall. Good ventilation is the best method for getting moisture out of your walls. With ventilation, moisture can leave the home and fresh air will enter the home. The SmartDry DryBrick is a specially designed system that is placed in the outside wall. Your walls are ventilated 24 hours a day through natural ventilation. In this way, moisture can find its way out in the right way and fresh air comes in and ensure an optimal living environment. The walls will dry out and it is no longer possible for the walls to become damp. Our DryBrick method is the perfect solution for people with damp walls and who want a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution. Because DryBricks are placed on the outside of the house in the wall, you will not have any inconvenience on the inside walls. There is also no use of chemical agents, the DryBrick is a completely natural solution.

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