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Title: Dampness in Walls of Residential Buildings: The Views of Building Construction Professionals in Ghana.
Authors: Agyekum, Kofi
Ayarkwa, Joshua
Keywords: architects
building construction
dampness
quantity surveyors
site engineers
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2014
Publisher: AFRICA DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ADRRI) JOURNAL ADRRI JOURNAL (www.adrri.org)
Citation: AFRICA DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ADRRI) JOURNAL ADRRI JOURNAL (www.adrri.org) pISSN: 2343-6662 ISSN-L: 2343-6662 VOL. 7,No.7(2), pp 19-36, April, 2014
Abstract: Dampness is a very common problem in both public and private buildings in Ghana. Dampness has existed in residential buildings in Ghana for many years and a lot concerns have been raised on the problem. This study presents the results of a questionnaire survey of 247 construction professionals (Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Site Engineers) to assess their perceptions on causes and symptoms of dampness in residential buildings in Ghana. The results showed that most of the respondents were experienced on the issues of dampness and they demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the problem of dampness in residential buildings. The results also showed that rising dampness, flooding, leakages, water penetration and construction water are the five major causes of dampness in residential buildings in Ghana. Furthermore, the results showed that surface efflorescence just above skirting/floor, stains especially in horizontal band, dampness at the base of walls up to 1.5m in horizontal band, softening and deterioration of plaster’ and ‘blistering and flaking of paint are the five main symptoms associated with dampness. The study recommends actual laboratory tests and further analysis on samples from affected buildings to have a better understanding of how to remedy the problem of dampness.
Description: An article published by AFRICA DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ADRRI) JOURNAL ADRRI JOURNAL (www.adrri.org) pISSN: 2343-6662 ISSN-L: 2343-6662 VOL. 7,No.7(2), pp 19-36, April, 2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10899
ISSN: 2343-6662
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