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Post by droopyloopy on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:10 pm

Hi, I am new to cave Forum,I have a cave in Castillejar and trying to solve damp problem any suggestions

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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by mikey on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:12 pm

Welcome to the forum, i am sure there will be many suggestions for you very soon
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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by Dave on Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:13 pm


Welcome to the forum.
More details will be needed to be able to help. Do you live in the cave all year. What and where is the damp. How long has it been there. Do you have a cave directly above yours. What ventilation do you have......Tell us as much as you can please.

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Post by bigcol on Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:36 pm

Welcome droopy loopy

Really good group of folks on the forum.
All local and all willing to help

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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by driver on Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:08 pm

Hi there just a word of warning watch out for Big Col hes a sex machine on legs .
We try to help each other over here although reading some of the posts you wonder
Anything you want to know jut ask and we will try to help

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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by Twisted Fire Starter on Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:31 pm

More info is definitely needed but as a starter, don't put yeso on it!
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Post by HappyChic on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:11 pm

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Post by droopyloopy on Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:14 pm

Cave has been dry lined' had a flood couple of years ago due to broken waterpipe, its dried out but still feels damp

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Post by Twisted Fire Starter on Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:52 pm

Dry lined? With plaster board?
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Post by Roaming Caveman on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:37 pm

Welcome to the forum... While the weather is hot and dry keep the cave well aired if you have no real ventilation.
This should assist in drying out naturally, keep fly nets over windows to keep out the beasties though.... What a Face
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Post by droopyloopy on Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:24 pm

Cave has not got plasterboard it has bricks plaster and then a finishing plaster.

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Post by Twisted Fire Starter on Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:50 pm

Ok, that's not dry lined then. Because plaster board is dry when it is fitted it is called "dry lined".

So on to your problem. What Roaming has said is certainly sound advice in the first instance. If you have or you can borrow a dehumidifier then get that going too or a nice big fan drawing fresh, warm air in from outside (daytime only really).

More info needed now please. What type of soil have you got? Is there any plumbing in the vicinity? How much earth do you have above the cave rooms? Is this a fresh dig cave room/s or old?
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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by ross on Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:39 am

sounds like the bricks are holdind the moisture,and the earth behind also.Just make sure you have ventilation around the cave this will just take time for the place to dry.As twisted has suggested us a dehumidifier this will speed up the process but be patient it just takes time!!

if you have a seperate pump for the water entering the house does it start and stop for no reason if so you could also have a leak.(just thinking out of the box chaps).

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Post by driver on Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:25 am

Worst thing that can happen to a cave is to brick it up as Ross said it cant breathe poss fit a couple of vents might help

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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by ross on Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:29 am

very true problem is the ceramic (red ) bricks hold the moisture then fall to pieces,so get a dehumidifier in the cave and open any windows.I friend has put some small bathroom type extractor fans in his cave and this moves the air around and works very well.The silver flexi pipe can be buried in the walls,and the fans use very little electric!!!!
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Post by driver on Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:39 am

Those bricks are terrible soak up moisture like a sponge i had them in my cave as a hearth . Within 2years they had turned into paste removed them and put tiles in their place that was 4years ago no probs yet

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Re: Cave Forum Virgin

Post by ross on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:13 pm

red bricks no good in caves,same as yeso!! should put lime mortar on the walls as this repairs itself and after 150 years turns back into lime stone!!!!simples.......
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