Does Wall Plaster Retard the Drying of Walls After Flooding?

Author(s): Brian Ridout

After fire or flood, wall plaster is usually removed from walls in an effort to speed drying. This report presents the results of some preliminary, small-scale experiments to find out whether the removal of lime plaster does in fact speed the drying of walls. The experimental procedure uses a simple and rapid methodology to compare the drying rates of samples of lime plaster and brick as a starting point for further research. The results suggest that a wet wall will not dry more quickly if lime plaster is removed.

Report Number:
Research Report
Plaster Flooding Building and Landscape Conservation Brick Resilience Brick Walls


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