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Title: A METHODOLOGY FOR DIAGNOSING DAMP IN A TROPICAL BUILDING
Authors: Agyekum, K.
Ayarkwa, J.
Salgin, B.
Keywords: Dampness
four-stage-approach
Dampnes residential buildings
Ghana
Issue Date: Apr-2017
Publisher: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
Citation: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA - 12-14 April 2017, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
Abstract: As the most frequently reported cause of building defects, dampness has for many years received attention worldwide. It is a major problem associated with many buildings, and contributes more than 50% of all known building failures worldwide. In a tropical region like Ghana, dampness is a very common problem among many residential buildings. However, there is no detailed information on the problem, let alone diagnosing it. It has therefore become necessary to conduct studies on the problem, and provide the necessary information for people in academia and the construction sector to become aware of this common but deadly problem in buildings. This paper adopts the principles involved in the diagnosis of damp (visual inspection, investigation using moisture meter, a more detailed investigation, and laboratory assessment study) as outlined and accepted internationally, and applies those principles to a real life scenario in a tropical country like Ghana. A typical case is selected (a six-bedroom residential building), and the principles are applied to diagnose the presence of dampness or otherwise. The findings revealed that the proper application of the principles can effectively help to diagnose the presence of dampness in buildings. This study does not only present theories behind dampness and its causes, it offers detailed and practical advices on how to effectively investigate and report on dampness issues using modern equipment and gadgets.
Description: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA - 12-14 April 2017, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10938
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