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Dryzone Damp-proofing Cream

Launched in 2000, Dryzone damp-proofing cream has caused a revolution in the treatment of rising damp.

The patented Dryzone system now outsells our traditional chemical injection damp-proofing treatments and is the best-selling rising damp treatment on the UK market.


The Dryzone damp-proofing cream is introduced into a series of 12mm holes drilled into the mortar course by means of a simple applicator gun. Once the Dryzone is installed, it diffuses before curing to form a water-repellent resin. This prevents the damp from rising up the wall.


The video below demonstrates how Dryzone damp-proofing cream is used to treat rising damp (includes audio commentary):


Dryzone has a number advantages over conventional chemical injection damp-proofing systems for both the contractor and the householder:

  • Quick to install
    Up to 3 times faster than standard damp-proofing injection systems.
  • Simple to install
    Less scope for operator error
  • Concentrated formulation
    Eliminates the need to introduce large volumes of liquid carrier into the wall. Dryzone is over four times stronger than many competing products.
  • Low hazard
    Non-caustic, non-flammable, not injected under pressure.
  • Solvent-free formulation
    Does not contain white spirit or iso-paraffins.
  • Spillage & mess virtually eliminated
    No problems with damp-proofing fluid leaking into neighbouring rooms or properties.
  • No electric DPC pump required
    Can be used in situations where power is not available.
  • Effective
    Independent tests demonstrate that Dryzone provides a more effective barrier to rising damp than competing products.

Full instructions for installing Dryzone damp-proofing cream can be found in the Dryzone datasheet which can be downloaded from this page. For those requiring more detail, a 19-page guide to "Rising Damp and its Control" can also be downloaded.

The Importance of Effective Damp-Proofing

Naturally, homeowners want the most effective products available to be used to treat rising damp in their properties. Creating the best possible barrier to rising damp minimises moisture in the wall, blocks the build-up of ground salts, and reduces heat-loss.

For this reason, Dryzone has been formulated to form an effective damp-proof course in walls of all types and has been tested under more conditions than any other rising damp treatment on the market.

This is important because no two walls suffering from rising damp are the same. In particular the physical properties of the mortar used to construct walls can vary considerably and this can have a significant influence on the effectiveness of any rising damp treatment.

The effectiveness of Dryzone has been verified under a wide range of test conditions by independent test houses around the world. Test conditions examined include:

  • Saturated walls (up to 95% saturation)
  • Low alkalinity mortar
  • High alkalinity mortar
  • Low porosity mortar
  • High porosity mortar
  • Lime-based mortar
  • Cement-based mortar
BBA logo WTA logo WTCB logo OFI logo Portsmouth University logo

Comparative Test

DPC cream test report.An independent test report comparing the effectiveness of Dryzone with that of a competing low-strength DPC cream can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format by clicking on the image to the left.

The report was carried out by the University of Portsmouth and published in February 2008.



As with all remedial damp-proofing systems, it will be necessary to remove and replace any salt-contaminated plaster. The introduction of our plasterboard-based Dryzone System replastering method has greatly simplified this process. See our page on replastering as part of a rising damp treatment for details of replastering systems available.

For heritage projects, or where replastering needs to be minimised, please contact our technical department to discuss alternative replastering strategies.

Penetrating Damp

Dryzone is not suitable for application to walls as a treatment for penetrating damp. Dryzone's sister product, Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream should be used instead.

Case Studies Case Studies

Dryzone damp-proofing cream is featured in the following case studies:

BBA certified Product Approvals

Dryzone damp-proofing cream is BBA approved (certificate number 97/3363). It is also approved by the German WTA for use in highly saturated walls (up to 95% saturation).

NBS clauses NBS Clauses

Suggested NBS specification clauses: C45-30, C45-120

Visit our NBS page for further information on specifying Safeguard products using NBS.

RIBA-Approved CPD Seminars

Safeguard currently offer the following RIBA-Approved CPD Seminars free-of-charge to architects and specifiers on the UK mainland:

aDrilling Mortar Course
Drilling mortar course
aInserting Cartridge
Inserting Dryzone cartridge into gun
aPiercing Cartridge
Piercing Dryzone Cartridge
aInstalling Dryzone
Injection of Dryzone damp-proofing cream into a damp wall.
aDamp-Proofing a Stone Wall
Damp proofing a stone wall using Dryzone
Download Datasheets
Dryzone datasheet Rising Damp and its Control book Dryzone / Rising damp householder leaflet
Dryzone datasheet (2.7Mb) Rising damp & its control (256k) Benefits to householder leaflet (230k)
BBA - damp-proofing Renderguard Gold Dampcheck Plus
BBA Certificate - Damp-proofing (362k) Renderguard Gold (64k) Dampcheck Plus (44k)
DPC Cream Test Report Vandex Injection Mortar Price List
DPC Cream Test Report (1.2Mb) Vandex Injection Mortar (52k) Price List & Order Form (85k)
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Dryzone Website

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