Do you have trouble with mould, damp walls and mason work? This blog may help you!

Every mason work has a certain insulation feature

Geposted am | Februar 25, 2010

The insulation value of construction material which was used to built your house was once determined by the Material Testing Office. It was determined by a certain temperature and humidity. It has been taken to account that every construction material includes natural dampness (equilibrium humidity). This dampness is needed for the materials main function, features and quality.

Is paint able to storage energy?

Geposted am | Februar 24, 2010

The insulation value of your wall depends on its moisture level. A walls material has the highest insulation value if the wall is dry.
But becomes the wall damp and its dampness reaches a level above equilibrium humidity it loses its moisture level and starts to waste energy.

Walls need to breathe!

Geposted am | Februar 23, 2010

Plaster and paint are a kind of skin to our four walls. They are using the same function like skin called balancing function. If a wall or plaster surface is able to absorb dampness-apexes which we produce daily it lowers the risk for condensation water and even mould or mould spores.
Plaster and paints used to be produced of natural materials for centuries and even millenniums. Since there are emulsion paints including chemical binders and all sorts of plastics or artificial substances our habitable systems become worse conditions.

Damp mason work and damp walls are two different things

Geposted am | Februar 20, 2010

The term “damp walls” relates to surface dampness of walls (condensation or hygroscopic moisture). Causes for damp walls are usually heat bridges, cooling below dew point or temporary high humidity after taking a hot shower in the bath for example.
To fight damp walls other steps have to be taken than to fight damp mason work.

The first step is an intelligent ventilation of rooms in the case of damp walls. If you keep the windows of your basement open during all summer long hot and humid air is able to come in. Quick condensation water is produced on cool cellar walls, which starts to soak the walls.

Take samples of mould yourself

Geposted am | Februar 20, 2010

There’s no problem in taking samples of mould yourself. Analyzing and assessing the samples is a separate matter.
But let’s take a look at how to take samples of mould first:

Mould is known to have three different developmental stages:
1.) Mobile, invisible spores, which spread through the air
2.) Visible mould on walls or items
3.) Mycelia, consists of a mass of fungus branching, which grow and spread into the mason work (also not visible).

So you notice only 1/3 of the whole thing and the ways of sampling are different.

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