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Aquapol – A Space-Age Solution to the Ancient Problem of Rising Damp

Rising damp is estimated to cause structural damage running into billions of rands a year in repair and maintenance costs, as well as reduced property valuations.

The traditional solution for rising damp involves removal of the affected plaster and paint and in some cases the application of a salt neutraliser, followed by dampcreting and re-painting the walls. This is a hugely disruptive and costly process for the landlord and tenant.

Rising damp typically occurs when a damp-proof course (DPC, or moisture barrier) becomes perforated or torn, allowing water molecules to seep up through the walls. The water seeps up through the capillary system within the brick and stonework until it reaches the so-called “Evaporation Zone”, at which point it evaporates from the wall surface. When the surrounding soils contain significant amounts of soluble salts, these are drawn into the walls, resulting in crystal growth that is sufficiently powerful to cause masonry crumbling. This is of particular concern in older buildings, many of which were built before the problem was well understood.

Space age technology has come to the rescue of the age-old problem of rising damp in the form of Aquapol, an Austrian-developed technology about the size of a cake tin that is suspended from the ceiling. It has no moving parts, requires no electrical connection or batteries, and comes with a 20 year money-back guarantee. Even more impressive is the cost – about half that of traditional rising damp fix-ups.

The Aquapol device is the brainchild of Austrian engineer, Wilhelm Mohorn, who received Austria’s highest award, the Kaplan medal, for his research and invention of the Aquapol system. The name Aquapol comes from ‘aqua’, the Latin word for water, and ‘pol’, short for polarisation. Aquapol reverses the polarity of the water molecules in the capillary system of the walls and causes the damp to flow downwards, leaving the walls dry and structurally sound. Once dry, it is often recommended that clients undertake whatever necessary masonry work is required. The problem of rising damp is typically over a period of six to 18 months.

According to Aquapol South Africa, Aquapol now has 55,000 installations around the world in 24 countries which includes such notable historical sites as the Budapest parliament building, the Joseph Haydn Museum in Austria; the Greek Oriental Church in Vienna, Schlatt Castle in Germany.

Though the company is relatively new to South Africa around 10 years, clients now include Sun International and the Gauteng Department of Public Works and many residential homes and town house complexes, where you now can dry out your entire complex and be free of rising damp for good.

“Through our unique monitoring system, we are able to conduct a detailed and accurate audit of the extent of damp in a building,” says Aquapol SA. “We have been amazed at some of the improvements Aquapol has achieved. In one instance we recorded a 65% reduction in damp readings over just 6 months.”

Aquapol offers a unique scientific damp analysis, followed by the preparation of a comprehensive report and damp eradication plan with details of work and costs. T&C apply.

The dehydration is then achieved by the installation of a specific Aquapol device, which must be located in exactly the right spot according to a series of different measurements and salt tests from samples taken from different areas of the walls in the building.

Aquapol is both eco-friendly and physiologically beneficial to inhabitants of buildings where the units are installed. Scientific studies carried out by Professor K. A. Lotz, a leading German scientist in the area of building biology, proved astonishingly positive effects from the Aquapol system: “Interviews with people who had an Aquapol device installation in their room, revealed the following biological effects:  better sleep and well-being, (and) a better room climate, even in geologically disturbed houses,” according to the research.

“The response from the South African market to the Aquapol system has been overwhelming,” Berry King  “This might be space age technology, but it has been around in Europe for more than 35 years and has proven itself in some of the most difficult cases imaginable – cases where more conventional damp proofing solutions simply did not work. This is why we are able to offer a 20 year warranty on the product, and we invite the sceptics to give it a try for a few months and measure the results.”

Aquapol offers a variety of financing options, from outright purchase of units to rental or rent to own.

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    Can a building with rising damp affect your health

    Can a building with rising damp affect your health

    Doctors and medical practitioners have for many years noticed a higher incidence of human sickness in some buildings relative to others.

    This begged the question: is there such a thing as a sick building?

    How is it that the occupants of some buildings experience a higher incidence of maladies such as bronchitis, influenza, allergies, sleeping disorders and tonsillitis?

    Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a well-known medical condition, yet its cause is still poorly understood. SBS is used to describe situations where building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. A 1984 World Health Organisation report suggested up to 30% of new and remodelled buildings worldwide may be subject of complaints related to poor indoor air quality.

    Sick building causes are frequently pinned down to flaws in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Other causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by gases emitted by some types of building materials, volatile organic compounds, moulds and industrial chemicals. Lack of adequate fresh-air intake and air filtration are also blamed.

    But another, major cause of building sickness has recently been discovered. Wilhelm Mohorn, inventor of the Aquapol technology for reversing rising damp in buildings, noticed that once rising damp had been eliminated – using a space-age “free energy” device that reverses the electrical polarity of water molecules in the walls – the occupants frequently reported improved health and general well-being.

    “Improved health and well-being was not something we were expecting particularly, but given the number of positive reports we were receiving, we realised that building sickness is a real condition, and we realised we needed to do proper scientific analysis to understand what was going on,” says Warren Bruckmann, marketing executive for Aquapol South Africa.

    Aquapol called in one of the world’s leading building ecologists, Professor K.E. Lotz of Germany, to conduct further research on the subject.

    The results were astonishing.  Professor Lotz and his team measured the geological disturbances caused by underground water courses and found that underground water acted as a kind of amplifier for positive electrical ions in the surface air, which is well known to be damaging to health. When the Aquapol device was placed in the building, not only did the building dry up, it increased the presence of negative ions in the air, which is health-promoting.

    “It is a well-known fact that people who go to the mountains or to the sea, or near waterfalls, experience a resurgence in health and well-being, due to the higher concentrations of negative ions in the air,” says Bruckmann. “The research found that Aquapol generated the same effects in buildings.”

    Negative ions are also known to improve physical and mental performance, increase oxygen flow through the body and reduce carbon dioxide flow, thereby improving respiratory and metabolic performance. They are also known to aid general wellbeing, while increasing blood pH levels, which in turn augments the secretion of the mucous membranes. This causes better binding of oxygen to the blood pigment, thereby increasing the performance of athletes and students.

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      Biological effects

      Professor Lotz’ research found that those who (unknowingly) had an Aquapol device installated in their rooms, reported the following biological effects: better sleep and well-being, and an improved room climate. A scientific test, done with the means of a recognised electrical body resistance method (by the Research Circle for Geology, headed by Dr Hartmann in Germany) proved that Aquapol was able to limit or prevent entirely geological disturbances caused by underground water courses.

      In 1990, a unique study was commissioned and financed by Domestic Architecture Research in Austria. A total of 6,943 tests were carried out on 985 test subjects, employing 24 different methods of measurement. The result was astounding: locational disturbance (such as the positioning of a building above an underground water course) has an unequivocal negative effect on a person’s regulatory system. Despite the scale of this study, very little attention has been given to the subject of locational disturbance in either domestic architecture or medicine.

      One of the most reliable methods of measurement was the one of body resistance. The human body, like an antenna, conducts electricity, radio-activity and other environmental particles and wave forms. Mr Mohorn has received numerous awards for his discovery and development of Aquapol, which is based on earlier discoveries by Nicola Tesla, the genius inventor of alternating current, radio and other technologies in common use today. Tesla’s dream was to provide free energy to the world, and he actually developed the technology to accomplish this, using the natural energy that is ambient in the atmosphere. This “natural earth field” is influenced in its intensity by a watercourse or other geological factors, and has a powerful effect on water and water-dense organisms such as human beings, animals or plants.

      Mohorn took these discoveries a step further by developing the Aquapol technology – where a device the size of a cake tin, with no electrical connections or moving parts – is capable of driving thousands of tons of water into the ground using this “free energy.”

      As Professor Lotz has discovered, it does more than this: it neutralises the negative anomalies in the natural earth field (which is amplified by underground water), and in the process creates a healthier living environment. It also reduces radio-active levels in the atmosphere, which is a particular benefit for people living in mining areas such as Johannesburg, where radon (a radio-active emission) is prevalent.
      “Radon and radio-activity are a particular problem is areas such as Wemmer Pan, south of Johannesburg, due to mining activity that has occurred there in the last 100 years,” says Bruckmann. “Radon is a well-known cancer-causing substance.”
      The Aquapol device has been found to raise the pH reading of water to a more alkaline level, which is well known to be beneficial for human health, since most diseases thrive in an acidic environment, and are impeded in their progress by maintaining a more alkaline level. Ideally, the human body should maintain a pH reading of between 7 and 7,4 to maintain high resistance to disease.
      The device has also been found to increase the electrical conductivity of water, which in turn has a profound influence on the mineral-bearing capacity of water. Water with low conductivity will be found to have lower mineral content, and vice versa.
      The research literature provided by Professor Lotz provides a range of anecdotal evidence to support the claims of curing “sick” buildings. “In the 1960s, a Dr Ebeleseder moved into his house. Very soon massive health problems commenced: allergy from ‘house dust mites’ and disturbed sleep, while his children contracted tonsillitis and flu. Dr Ebeleseder, himself a medical practitioner, knew how this indisposition was caused: geo-pathogenic disturbance zones. For a considerable time however, he remained helpless with regards to this problem. In 1988, he accidentally found out about Aquapol, and though sceptical in the beginning, he noticed a marked improvement in the health of his family after just two to three weeks after installation. The allergy from which Dr Ebeleseder suffered amazingly vanished, as did his children’s symptoms.”
      In another case, a Mr. Stiny was reported to have suffered from massive insomnia, migraine and phlebitis. After radiesthetic investigations (to ascertain radiation levels emitted from the soil) it was found that the house was built upon a geological disturbance zone. After installing the Aquapol device, the symptoms disappeared.
      “We were surprised and delighted by the outcome of these studies by some of the top scientists in the world. Our main business is curing rising damp, but in actual fact we like to think of ourselves as curing sick buildings,” concludes Bruckmann.

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