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    Right had a garage built back in November, had a flower bed put on the outside and it never got waters proofed or anything, and the inside wall were seeping loads of water, it kept raining and was well cold so never dried out, whatís the best way to dry it out Iíve got a small heater in there but is it doors closed and heater to make a sauna or heat on and windows open to allow air flow and stop condensation?




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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    In my experience airflow is the best option by far.

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    so leave door and windows open whilst is not raining

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    just opened them and its started to rain fml

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    If you can put a decent sized fan in there all the better.
    Doesn't need to be a heater fan. Just biggest amount of airflow you can get. Much better use of electricity than trying to heat up.
    Once the worst is sorted then try to get some heat in also, but having some airflow is crucial.

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    ok brilliant thanks for that, don't want to sound silly but should i point the fan towards a window or the door or is it unimportant

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    ok brilliant thanks for that, don't want to sound silly but should i point the fan towards a window or the door or is it unimportant
    Just make sure it creates airflow where the damp is.

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    ok brilliant, cheers

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    Did they put in a damp proof course?

    Is the flower bed piled up against the outside of the wall?

    I think I see your problem...

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    Quote Originally Posted by Screwdriver View Post
    Did they put in a damp proof course?

    Is the flower bed piled up against the outside of the wall?

    I think I see your problem...
    The flower bed is up against it and they put a layer in after it was getting damp inside,
    When first built there was no gutter on the roof so when it was rain and it did a lot was run down the wall and soak in, now the gutter is there it seems better but still damp,



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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    dig flower bed out and paint the wall with this


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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    That's not a damp proof course, it might help with gross penetration but I don't see it lasting long and damp will creep up behind it. You need to see a layer of <something> built in between the brickwork, usually one or two courses of brick up from ground level. Nothing should be touching the wall above the dpc.

    That something is an impermeable membrane, usually a layer of plastic. I'd usually expect to see something similar between the flower bed and the wall where the brickwork joins up. Not seeing one there either. Where did you find the builder? Are they registered, a company or was it man with van?

    Without a damp proof course, the building will always be damp.

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    Knock that raised bed out, and put some pots or planters there, stood a little bit away from the wall.

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    its a mate of the FIL, who's a builder, they have put a plastic sheet down the back of the flower bed against the brick work (2 weeks ago), is that not enough to keep it out, or should it get dug out and use that water seal from Taipan??

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    Default Re: Just had a garage built and it needs drying out

    What can sometimes happen is a builder might think, "meh, it's just a shed". This is extremely unlikely! You probably do have a dpc and I just can't see it.

    The flowerbed is a bad idea and that area will stay permanently damp. If it was me I'd want at least a brick worth of gap but even then, gaps have a habit of filling up. You could dunk a slab of Celcon/Kingspan in there, that stuff lasts forever unless you set fire to it.

    A water seal will keep the outside wall looking nice and dry but won't do much for rising damp. Bricks should be protected from water and allowed to breath imho. If the basics aren't right you'll be chasing problems for as long as the wall is standing.

    So. Double check they did actually fit a dpc when the building went up. It's almost unimaginable that they wouldn't, especially if it is connected to an existing building and the chap is "known" to you. It is quite possible the base went in without a dpm, though that too is incredibly unlikely (big plastic sheet when the concrete floor went in). Then you just need to move the flower bed away from the wall.

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