Fixing your damp house – cancelled on this date

Fixing your damp house – cancelled on this date


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Course on this date is now cancelled but the course will run on the 21-22 September

Learn from an experienced conservation builder how to spot and tackle damp problems in your home.

Perfect for those looking to restore an old or traditionally built home, making it nicer to live in and more environmentally friendly. Suitable for beginners, DIY enthusiasts or professional builders without much experience with older housing.

Why is this important?

The history of building conservation is littered with examples of inappropriate treatments that over time can cause more problems than they ever solved. Most traditional builds (pre-1919) were designed with solid wall construction of stone, brick or cob/clom, with no impermeable membranes or moisture barriers. They rely totally on the breathability of materials and design, where moisture is soaked up by the structure then any excess moisture would be expelled rapidly avoiding any damage or decay to the building. And it’s here that many conservation attempts have gone awry as they have frequently involved the use of modern materials that are unsuitable as they hamper this breathability (such as cement plasters or non-breathable paints).

This course, through a mixture of classroom-based activities and hands-on practical sessions will help you to recognise the warning signs of damp problems, recognise where past conservation efforts may have gone wrong and to explore the different techniques and methods you can use to reduce or eliminate the problem.

Key Information

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Upcoming dates:
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: £300
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation (single accommodation is available for an additional £80)
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is advised

What you will learn

Discover what you can do about a damp home and explore the techniques and methods you can use to restore an old or traditionally built house.

Main topics:

  • How to identify damp and rectify the associated problems
  • How and why damp occurs in the home
  • An overview of the do’s and don’ts of restoring a home
  • Understanding issues around ventilation, wall breathability and the materials used in construction/renovation
  • Learn how to remove defective lime pointing
  • Learn how to mix and re apply lime pointing
  • Learn about different strengths and mixes of lime mortar
  • How to mix lime mortar and to apply it to a wall.
  • Learn how to identify different types of damp – live site and desk based
  • Learn about annual maintenance and repair issues associated with damp
  • Understand the differences between single, slimline double, double glazing – advantages and disadvantages of all
  • A tour of cottages with damp and a Q&A exploring what can be done
  • Q&A surgery – bring your damp issues to the table

You’ll also have a chance to ask questions about your own home and get advice on what steps you can take.

Meet your tutor

Your tutor Nathan Goss has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry in a variety of roles that have included: carpentry and joinery, historic building surveying, project management, conservation and the restoration of buildings.

Nathan is also an experienced tutor and has taught courses on traditional building methods, traditional carpentry skills, lime work and how to approach costing a heritage project.

To learn more about Nathan click here to visit his website.