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The Muddy Mortars blog is regularly updated with new content covering repairing, renovating, and restoring traditional buildings in Cornwall and beyond.

How to Control Damp in Old Stone and Cob Buildings

Old cob and stone buildings can be warm, dry, and comfortable to live in when they are treated correctly. There are a number of strategies that may be employed to help control levels of damp within them.

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Why is the Stonework in My Old Building Crumbling Away?

‘Breathability’ is not a strictly defined scientific word. Rather, it is a blanket term used to describe materials which exhibit a range of characteristics. The most relevant of these when it comes to building materials are, porosity, moisture diffusion, vapour permeability, and hygroscopy.

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What is Breathability and What Does it Mean for My Cob Cottage?

Old cob and stone buildings can be warm, dry, and comfortable to live in when they are treated correctly. There are a number of strategies that may be employed to help control levels of damp within them.

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Why Does My Damp Old Cottage Always Feel Cold?

High humidity is often found in old cob and stone cottages which have had their traditional clay and lime mortars and plasters replaced with modern cement. It is advisable to seek advice from a local lime mason skilled in old houses rather than from a general builder used to dealing with modern properties.

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Should You Worry About Cracked Render on an Old Cob or Stone Building?

Cracked render on old buildings is a familiar sight, but what does it mean and should you be worried about it?

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Do I Have a Hidden Fireplace and Should it be Traditionally Restored?

Inglenook fireplaces make for a fantastic and unique feature when exposed and traditionally restored and apart from their aesthetic attraction, there are strong benefits to the building to be had from uncovering and restoring them.

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