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Damp proof course guaranteed to prevent damp ingress

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Damp proof course installation is a key stage in the building process to avoid damp ingress at a later stage in the life of a building.

A damp-proof course (often abbreviated to DPC) is a horizontal barrier in a wall designed to prevent moisture rising through the structure by capillary action, also known as rising damp. The best approach is to install DPC during construction to guarantee the success of resisting damp ingress, but there are methods available for retrospective application.

There are a range of damp proof course applications available on the market of which high performance rubber products such as EPDM has superseded traditional methods some of which suffered from creep under heavy load and therefor a shorter lifespan. EPDM is used for damp proof course application based on many key benefits demonstrated. EPDM has high tensile strength and elongation properties therefore it is resistant to tearing and puncturing. The strength, flexibility and workability provides an efficient method of controlling water penetration into buildings. EPDM can be attached to virtually any substrate, has a very long life cycle, is environmentally-friendly. It is also resistant to acid rain and a wide range of temperature extremes.

EPDM Strip System provides a continuous barrier of protection and its life expectancy is much longer than traditional materials. Installation of the EPDM membrane is an easy process using specially formulated primer, cleaner, adhesive and sealant. 

The provision of a damp proof course has long been a requirement in construction. Brickwork and masonry must be protected from the damaging effects of ground moisture. Contact Russetts Development - management team have a number of years of experience with EPDM waterproofing membrane applications and will advice on planning of material needs as well as installation on building sites.

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