Damp Proofing Question

How can i landscape external areas to prevent damp problems ?

I have a Victorian house with suspended timber floor in ground floor lounge. The bay window area is generally dry with airbricks installed and joists reinforced and in good condition. However, the far corner has no airbricks and is damp at ground level.

I'm about to redo the front garden and wondered what i could / should do (In addition to installing airbricks) to the outside area to prevent the damp getting worse ? I wondered if a French drain would help but can't see where I could drain it to. I also wondered if simply sloping the ground away from the house would also help ?

Any suggestions appreciated, thanks

Tim

2 Answers

Hi Tim
digging an area away about 9 inches in front of the wall then fill with pea shingle will help the water drain through the stones an disperse through the earth and produce a bridge between the earth and the wall unless this fills up with water which from a small area I doubt or there is an under lying problem which could be your drive sloping towards the house then this would have to be addressed but if not then this with air bricks should do the job.
Regards
Joseph

Answered 18th Feb 2013

Trident Damp

Member since 26 May 2011

The ground outside the property should be 150mm or two bricks below damp course. I would reduce ground level if this is the problem.

Answered 18th Jul 2013

S Jones Landscape Development

Member since 17 Jul 2013

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