Getting your damp proof course (DPC) right first time is critical in preventing rising damp in your property.

If you don’t install it correctly you could end up having to put things right at a later date leading to major disruption and unnecessary costs.

So why not take a look at these 8 handy hints for installing horizontal damp proof course put together by our technical experts.

8 handy hints for installing horizontal damp proof course

  1. The inner leaf damp proof course must link with the upstand to the damp proof membrane, by a minimum of 50mm and be sealed to it. This is to ensure a continuous barrier against damp, this includes where low level cills are present ie doorways..
  2. Lay the DPC on a full even bed of fresh mortar in one continuous length, for the full width of the leaf.
  3. Provide at least a 100mm overlap at any joint or corners.
  4. The DPC must not obstruct the cavity.
  5. Ensure the external edge of the DPC is visible and not bridged by mortar when completing pointing of the mortar joint.
  6. External render must not bridge the DPC.
  7. Ensure the lean mix cavity fill material is at least 225mm below the lowest DPC .
  8. Ensure the dpc is a minimum 150mm above external ground level.

When do you need to use a stepped DPC?

If you are building on a sloping site you may need to install a stepped DPC. The DPC must be stepped in the masonry coursing so that it is never less than 150mm above the finished ground level as shown in the diagram below:

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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