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Damp Proofing and Repairing Walls By Allison Ryan

For damp-proofing a brick foundation wall, heavy penetrating bituminous damp-proofing paint may be used, after which a cement mortar coat may be troweled directly on the painted surface, to prevent the paint from flaking and peeling. The application of a coating of any material upon the inner surfaces of a wall such as a home sauna that is pervious to the sauna steam is generally ineffective. Infrared saunas need no such coating anyway. This should be made of 1 part Portland cement and 3 parts of well graded sand mixed with as little water as practicable. The mortar should be applied to the dampened wall after the leakage through the wall has stopped. The finished coat should be kept damp for a week after it has set to increase its water-tightness. Fresh air and sunshine are essential to a dry cellar, and to this end plenty of window space should be provided. When the air out of doors is cool and dry, open the windows freely. When there is dampness without, keep the windows closed, as warm, moist air results in mildew and condensation of moisture upon the colder surfaces within the cellar. A little care in these respects will aid materially in maintaining a dry cellar. When there is dampness within, such as in bathrooms, windows should be kept open. Shower doors are not enough to protect against steam shower condensation. They do a fabulous job of keeping water inside, but steam will inevitably get out. Cracks or fissures in foundation walls and the falling out of mortar from between joints may be attributed to various causes. Cracks between mortar and the material to which it was originally bonded may be caused by shrinkage of the mortar during setting, or soon thereafter, or by the expansion of mortar through saturation. Often the volume change of the mortar is greater than the material to which it is bonded and sets up a movement that destroys the bond. If the walls are built on ground that will not support an equal weight at all points, uneven settlement may cause cracks to develop. An underground spring or flowing water under one corner or section of a foundation may produce similar results.
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Small cracks thus started may become larger in time from action of the weather and other forces. Frost has a tendency to attack weak spots, and expansion and contraction, due to extremities of heat and cold, do their part in increasing the damage. Water seeping through the cracks gradually wears away the material and causes it to crumble and fall apart. The disintegration is generally more rapid in mortar joints. The results of these failures are far-reaching and, if not remedied, may result in further damage, not only to the walls themselves but to the structure they support. A cellar will probably become damp and unsanitary if these inlets for moisture are not stopped up. There can also be drippage from the bathroom to rooms below, due to a leaky bathtub or bathroom faucet. If the walls are otherwise in good condition, minor cracks and places where mortar has fallen out may be repaired by an unskilled workman. However, if a wall is badly cracked, crumbled and beyond the aid of minor repairs, it may be necessary to engage an experienced workman to reconstruct all or part of the wall. Allison Ryan is a freelance marketing writer from San Diego, CA. She specializes in home improvement, do-it-yourself home remodeling, and installation of shower doors, saunas, and the like. For the ideal bathtub or sauna for your home, check out http://www.mybath.biz/!

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Signs Of A Poor Investment Property By David S Judge

As the stock market continues to undermine the confidence of investors across Australia, many are turning increasingly to the real estate market in order to put their money in a safer place. More and more people are looking into Brisbane conveyancing, Gold Coast conveyancing and many other opportunities around the country as a means of earning extra money in a less stressful way. Although this can be a lucrative proposition, it is important to know that bad investment properties do exist; below, we highlight a few ways that you can avoid them. Watch Out For Flood Plains All too often, excellent deals can materialise for property that looks amazing; the low asking price lures you in, and you only discover once the deal is sealed that it sits on a flood plain. As time progresses, you will be subject to the high cost of repairing flood damage to your investment property. In fact, any money you stood to make on it will likely go into repairing it. Avoid properties near swampland or on an area that borders a river, pond or other questionable body of water. Have A Thorough Inspection Conducted Although you are sure to have your investment property appraised and looked over by a professional, you may not realise how important it is to have it checked out for pests as well. Nothing can put a damper on a seemingly lucrative investment opportunity like the presence of termites or other destructive, annoying pests. Before the deal goes through, have a reputable pest control company come out and closely examine the premises; otherwise, you may end up with an investment in pest control supplies rather than real estate. Watch Out For "Rising Damp" One of the most insidious potential problems that can occur in an investment property is known as "rising damp"; this is where the ground water that the house sits on rises up into the structure vertically. It compromises the structural integrity of the building and can lead to major repair bills down the road. Often, rising damp can be identified by simply trying to apply coats of paint to a home's walls. If rising damp is present, the paint won't seem to want to "stick." Plaster walls will feel spongy and will flake easily. Closely check out each room and avoid investment properties that exhibit signs of rising damp, or you will end up with much more than you bargained for.

Although real estate can be an excellent investment opportunity, it is by no means a simple endeavour. Watching out for bad deals is incredibly important; whether you're interested in Gold Coast conveyancing, Brisbane conveyancing or opportunities elsewhere in Australia, knowing what to avoid is key. One of the key ways to avoid poor choices is in using professional conveyancers like Charter Conveyancing (http://www.charterconveyancing.com).

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