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Damp proofing concrete floor in room without DPC

Postby nakbrooks » Sun May 13, 2007 2:03 pm

I'm replacing a suspended timber floor with a concrete floor. This is partly because the current floor has rot but mainly because I want to install underfloor heating.

Materials (in order from ground up) will be hardcore, blinding, DP membrane, insulation, concrete, screed with heating pipes embedded in it and ceramic tiles.

I will have insulation around the perimeter, sitting on top of the DP membrane and ending below the tiles.

The walls do NOT have a DPC (it is an old victorian building with solid stone walls).

My question is, how do I detail the joining of the slab DP with the walls?

I plan to carry the slab DP membrane up the walls, behind the perimeter insulation to 50mm aboive the finished tiled surface, hiding it behind the skirting (which will sit on top of the tiles).

Is this the best approach, or should I strip off plaster and carry it much higher (how much)?

There is no evidence of rising damp in the walls.

Many thanks
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Postby thedoctor » Sun May 13, 2007 5:29 pm

The membrane should be tucked into the wall at DPC height. See our project on ground floor slabs
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Postby nakbrooks » Tue May 15, 2007 8:02 am

Thanks for response Doc.

I've read the project, but my problem is that the walls don't have a DPC (they are victorian solid). Do I tuck the membrane in at the level the DPC would be if there was one (but theoretically this would leave a bridge as damp could go over the tuck) or do I tuck it in higher or do I just leave it flush against the inside of the wall behind the skirting?


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Postby dcmoore » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:48 am

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