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internal wall dampness and solutions

Reasons for internal wall dampness and solutions

Taking care of your home is as important as building it – a clean, thriving and aesthetic environment nurture your family and you. One of the most concerns observed by home owners is the problem of dampness on the walls. There are several reasons why indoor walls become damp which in turn give rise to a host of complications. Damp walls are not only unsightly but can cause innumerable issues affecting your home’s interiors, the décor and also compromises the health of your family.

The main reason for internal wall dampness is due to moisture being trapped in the walls, and it may have various sources, each of which also needs to be addressed. Most of it is linked to an absence of or inadequate waterproofing. Proper waterproofing during the construction of your home is something that we cannot emphasise enough. Ensuring that you utilise the best quality waterproofing product during the construction of your home and while renovating is a critical step that you simply cannot afford to miss. Although dampness can be a severe issue, what you desire and require is efficient and specialised products that are easy to use.

In general, if you observe dampness on the internal walls you could use Dr. Fixit Dampguard, a heavy duty epoxy waterproofing coating to treat it. This product reduces water absorption and permeability to treat the dampness.

internal wall dampness

The most common reasons for internal wall dampness are:

  1. Cracks through which rainwater seeps inside – these cracks may not be visible on the interior wall, but allow water to penetrate from outside, and create damp patches over a period of time.
  2. Cracks or breaks in tiles on the roof will also allow water to seep through the walls and cause dampness.
  3. Similarly, water that collects on the roof due to improper sloping and blocked drains and gutters can then percolate down to make the internal walls damp.
  4. Any seepage in bathrooms and kitchen can also cause dampness in the adjoining walls of neighbouring rooms.
  5. And dampness can arise along the walls from a high groundwater table.


Each of these specific reasons requires specialised treatment to address the dampness and eradicate it completely. In fact, amateur surface treatments or traditional methods of waterproofing may not be sufficient in severe cases.
Dr. Fixit Wonderproofsystem
is a unique and universal waterproofing treatment for severe internal dampness.

The biggest advantage is that you need not break the wall plaster to reach to the brick level to waterproof it. It is directly applied to the damp internal wall with a brush and is very easy to use. Due to a quick drying technology, the job is done efficiently and rapidly. This treated wall can then be plastered with waterproof levelling plaster to remove the undulations and give a smooth finish, as good as new.

You may also have to ensure adequate drainage around your house so that water does not collect around the property. In addition, carry out waterproofing to further protect your home. It is important to maintain your external walls too with waterproofing and paintwork so that moisture does not penetrate. Also, seal the gaps around windows with Dr. Fixit Silicone Sealantin.

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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