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Title: Diagnosing rising damp in the walls of a six bedroom residential apartment in Kumasi, Ghana
Authors: Agyekum, Kofi
Ayarkwa, Joshua
Keywords: Dampness
Rising damp
Salt attack
Residential buildings
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2014
Publisher: International Journal of Development and Sustainability
Citation: International Journal of Development and Sustainability ISSN: 2168-8662 – www.isdsnet.com/ijds Volume 3 Number 5 (2014): Pages 1174-1198 ISDS Article ID: IJDS14042102
Abstract: This study sought to conduct a diagnosis of the problem of rising damp in the walls of a six bedroom residential apartment in Ghana. In achieving this aim, the study sought to determine the types of soluble salts and their concentrations in the soils and accumulated percentages in the walls over time and whether there exist any linkage between the salts in the walls and those in the ground. The results showed that the main salts predominant in the walls of the building were magnesium sulphate, magnesium chloride, sodium sulphate, and sodium chlorides. Sodium nitrates, sodium chlorides, sodium sulphates, magnesium chloride, magnesium nitrate, magnesium sulphate, potassium chloride, potassium nitrate and potassium sulphate salts were also present in the soil samples collected from the boreholes. Thus sodium sulphate, magnesium sulphate, sodium chloride and magnesium chloride salts found in the soil were also found in the walls, establishing a linkage between the salts found in the ground and that found in the walls and therefore confirming the presence of rising dampness. The results is of value and significance since knowing the types of salts present in an affected building will lead to the adoption of appropriate treatment mechanisms to address the problem.
Description: An article published by International Journal of Development and Sustainability ISSN: 2168-8662 – www.isdsnet.com/ijds Volume 3 Number 5 (2014): Pages 1174-1198 ISDS Article ID: IJDS14042102
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10900
ISSN: 2168-8662
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