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Journal of Construction Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 1562750, 6 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/1562750
Research Article

Construction Practices Contributing to Rising Damp in Kumasi Metropolitan and Ejisu Municipal Assemblies in Ghana

1Construction Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI), Kumasi, Ghana
2Structures, Design and Planning Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI), Kumasi, Ghana

Correspondence should be addressed to Richard Oduro Asamoah; moc.oohay@067haomasadrahcir

Received 2 March 2017; Revised 19 May 2017; Accepted 24 July 2017; Published 24 August 2017

Academic Editor: Eric Lui

Copyright © 2017 Richard Oduro Asamoah et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Buildings represent significant investment of developers and, as such, it is important to ensure value for the capital injected into the construction of buildings. Unfortunately, due to neglect of proper construction practices, buildings are facing defects, and one of such defects is rising damp. This study sought to identify some of the construction practices contributing to rising damp in buildings and their effects and suggest some remedial measures for controlling and treatment of rising damps. Snowball sampling and purposive sampling techniques were used to gather data from a cross section of 78 building environment professionals in Kumasi and Ejisu who have experienced the effects of moisture rise. Relative Importance Index was used to rank the significance of the causes. The study revealed that failure to use damp-proof membrane or course, presence of groundwater, porosity of masonry, and concrete element sand flooding were the main causes of rising damp. Undersetting and saw slotting, making good plumbing leakages, using approved waterproof chemical injection, and application of admixtures were the main measures recommended to avert rising damp.