Restoration & Refurbishment Question

Do i need to put a membrane down on the earth between the sleeper walls in my victorian terrace?

We are fixing some rotten joists and levelling the floor so have lifted all the floorboards and taken the opportunity to clear all the dust and rubbish out. We're fixing the damp in the bay and the old joists and I have to rebuild some of the sleeper walls but between the sleeper walls is just damp earth underneath. Would it be best to put some kind of membrane down to cover the earth and if so, what would you recommend using and how would you fit it?

It's quite hard to explain without pictures so let me know if you need clarification on what I mean!


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Do not but any membrane over the earth as this will stop it breathing. Do however make sure you put a dpc along the top of the sleeper walls before laying the new floor joists, also make sure the floor void is well ventilated with good cross flow. Inadequate ventilation is a major factor in damp / rot problems.

Answered 17th Oct 2013

Brayfield Construction

Member since 1 Oct 2013

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