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Common Misconceptions About Replastering a Damp Wall

6 Feb 2024
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Unfortunately, damp and mould are common problems homeowners face. They can have a significant impact on not just the appearance of your property, but the health of your family and it’s crucial to ensure you are rectifying any issues as soon as you notice them. Following damp proofing treatment, it’s important to finish your walls correctly. Specialist replastering will help to ensure your walls remain protected and have a flawless finish that can be painted, wallpapered or tiled over to create your perfect interior design.

However, replastering damp walls is a task that’s commonly overlooked. There are several misconceptions surrounding the need for specialist replastering to achieve effective results. Below, we have explored some of the most frequently heard misconceptions about replastering, focusing on the importance of using the correct techniques and materials. These misconceptions can lead to ineffective damp treatments and future problems, resulting in expensive repair work being required.

The Benefits of Treating Walls With Damp-Proof Courses

Treating walls with damp-proof courses is an essential step in protecting the structural integrity of your property. This process involves creating a barrier on the walls that prevents moisture from rising up through your home. The main benefit of damp-proof treatment is the protection it provides against different types of damp, which can lead to a range of problems, including structural damage, mould growth and poor indoor air quality.

By investing in a damp-proof course, you can have peace of mind that damp walls are no longer an issue in your home. This type of treatment is a preventative measure, reducing the likelihood of future moisture-related issues and the associated repair costs. This is especially crucial in rooms with high moisture levels or in older buildings where damp-proofing wasn’t part of the original construction. Ultimately, damp proofing your walls can help to maintain the overall condition and comfort of your home.

The Basics of Plastering Walls After Damp Proofing

Once a property has been treated with a damp-proof course, the next step is replastering. This process involves applying a new layer of plaster to the treated walls to provide a clean, fresh surface that can be decorated. It’s vital to use the right type of plaster after damp proofing to ensure the walls can dry out effectively. The plaster needs to be able to cope with any residual moisture and soluble salts in the brickwork. It’s essential that the application is carried out carefully and professionally too, so it provides a smooth durable finish.

Here at Kenwood PLC, we often hear the same misconceptions about replastering a damp wall and many homeowners will cut corners when finishing the job. To set the record straight, here are some myths we have come across about replastering walls after a damp-proof course;

Any Plaster Can Be Used for Replastering Damp Walls

Contrary to popular belief, not all types of plaster are suitable for replastering damp walls. The presence of hygroscopic salts in the brickwork from rising damp can impact the drying process of regular plaster. It’s important to use a salt retardant render to ensure a dry finish and the Kenwood Waterproof Rendering System is an effective choice.  The use of inappropriate plaster can lead to recurring dampness problems, which can cause the failure of otherwise effective damp treatment and result in costly repairs in the future.

Replastering Alone Can Solve Dampness Issues

Many homeowners assume replastering alone can resolve damp problems in their homes. Whilst this may seem like it’s worked, without a proper damp proof course to block moisture, replastering is only a temporary fix. Over time, the damp problems will come back, resulting in more damage to your home. A new damp proof course is essential to prevent moisture from seeping into the walls, making the replastering part of a comprehensive solution.

Hand-Mixed Renders Are Just as Effective

The common belief that hand-mixed renders are as effective as pre-mixed ones is incorrect. Inconsistent mixing can result in unsuitable renders which can lead to ineffective damp treatment. The Kenwood Premix Waterproof Rendering System is designed for replastering damp walls and it provides a consistent, reliable solution. This system is made with dried sands, cement, aggregates and high-performance waterproofing additives, and is mixed with a computer-controlled system. This helps to avoid the common problems associated with on-site mixed renders and ensures the success of the damp proofing process.

Any Contractor Can Replaster Damp Walls Effectively

It’s a huge misconception that any contractor can properly replaster damp walls. Specialised knowledge and materials are required for effective treatment, and it’s important to turn to a company that has experience working with salt retardant render. At Kenwood PLC, our team is highly trained to provide a flawless finish every time when using our waterproof rendering system. With thorough quality control and careful consideration of factors like humidity, we guarantee the effectiveness of the damp proofing and replastering process.

Damp Proofing is a One-Time Solution

Some homeowners assume that once a wall is damp proofed and replastered, it no longer requires any attention. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Although high-quality damp-proof courses are designed to stand the time and continue protecting your home for years to come, certain scenarios can result in additional work being required. Periodic checks and ongoing maintenance is key to ensuring the effectiveness of damp proofing and the integrity of the plaster for many years to come.

Replacing Walls After Damp-Proof Treatment

All in all, understanding the intricacies of replastering in the content of damp treatment is crucial. Now you know the truth about these common misconceptions, you can make informed decisions about replastering and ensure you’re investing in the best solutions for your home. If you would like to speak to someone about your damp proofing or replastering needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Kenwood PLC today.

Here at Kenwood PLC, we provide an end-to-end solution for homeowners looking to protect their property. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands with our team and we support thousands of homeowners each year. We pride ourselves on providing an industry-leading service and customer satisfaction is incredibly important to us. With expertise, care and attention to detail, we will ensure your home is protected from damp and your walls are professionally replastered, ready for you to redecorate.

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