The Georgia Trust

HAY HOUSE RESTORATION: RISING DAMP ISSUES

The Next Step: Rising Damp
Rising damp is a term used by historians and architects to describe moisture entering the house through porous masonry. This “wicking” of moisture comes from ground water around the foundation that cannot roll away from the building.

Obvious in the basement area of the house, rising damp has caused a myriad of problems, such as exterior damage to mortar and bricks and interior damage, including paint and wall paper lift that has exposed stains on the walls, floor board rot, and deterioration of 1800s era plaster and fine decorative finishes on walls.

Hay House recently received a Conservation Support Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to resolve rising damp.

Above: Moisture has damage the 1850s mortar in the wind tunnel outside the wine cellar, which is located on Hay House's lower level.

 

 

Above: Rising damp problems have damaged the exterior mortar and bricks on the west side of Hay House.


 

 

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