Luxury Properties in Cyprus: Suffering from damp
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The problems with damp are obvious. Eventually, the 'spritz'
render will fall away and structural damage will occur.
In this case, the developer has laid the patio
incorrectly. Rather than allowing the rainwater to run
away from the base of the wall, it runs towards it
collecting in puddles. The concrete wall then acts like
a sponge soaking up the water and there's no damp-proof
course to prevent the water creeping up the wall.
Another home suffering from rising
A neighbour of mine recently had this problem. Damp
had seeped into the walls of her home for several years,
but the tell-tale signs were hidden behind a stone
only solution was to remove the rendering and the
concrete back to the
reinforcing steel. The steel was then clean and treated,
over and the home redecorated. The concrete columns were
chemically treated to prevent the problem happening
The cost - a mere €30,000! All of money, worry
and hassle could have been saved if the builder had
properly protected the property against damp when he
This is a photograph of an internal wall - and the
signs of rising damp are clear. In this case, the
developer 'forgot' to lay a damp-proofing membrane under
the concrete float; every room in the house has the same
problem. With no damp-proofing membrane under the float, the building draws up
water like blotting paper from the ground beneath making
the property damp and musty. Not good for your health (or your
More internal damp
When the couple who bought their home, they pointed out
this problem to their property developer. He just
shrugged his shoulders and said "all
Cyprus properties are damp" and walked away.
The lack of adequate damp proofing not only affects the
concrete structure, brickwork and paint.
As you can
see in this photograph, it also causes dry rot in door
frames and other carpentry.
It is possible to have a property damp-proofed to
prevent this problem - take a look at the