Report number: 45/2018

Title Does Wall Plaster Retard the Drying of Walls After Flooding?
Summary 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.
Series Research Department Reports
Pages 10
  • Ridout, B
Keywords Brick ,  Brick Walls ,  Building and Landscape Conservation ,  Flooding ,  Plaster ,  Resilience