Past Projects

Adelaide Art Society Building

Many heritage buildings in Adelaide, including the Adelaide Art Society building require rising salt damp removal. The roots of the Adelaide Art Society began in 1952, with a small group of devoted artists who aspired to raise the bar in the visual arts. Their building was constructed in 1878 and was used for many years as a grain store. It was turned into a studio and gallery with excellent lighting, a second smaller studio, a kitchen and a storeroom. There are around 150 members of the society, ranging from amateurs to professional artists. The Adelaide Art Society acts as a hub for activities such as painting/sketch groups, both informal and formal exhibitions and social nights – it has been a gem to the art community. Unfortunately, this same building that houses the activities of the Adelaide art community was affected by rising salt damp and thus required rising salt damp removal.The issue of rising salt damp is heightened in South Australia due to the hotter, drier climate and higher salinity level in soil. Higher salt levels mean that there are considerable rates of transpiration through the walls, and evaporation out of the walls. The salts that remain on the wall surfaces attract more moisture from the atmosphere and draw the moisture into the wall, further contributing to the problem. Situated in North Adelaide, the Heritage listed Art Society Building was successfully treated for severe rising salt damp in both exterior and interior 200/300mm stone walls with DRYZONE.

St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church

The St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church is another building located in Adelaide that required rising salt damp removal. Initially the building was Thomas Gatwick’s 1854 steam flour mill, later bought by H.W. Packer, and then taken over by George Fife Angas in 1870. It was used for inaugural Bowden-on-the-Hill Baptist mission services before being converted into a church in 1901. The purpose of renovation was to make the space more suitable for the Sunday school and to accommodate public worship for the North Adelaide Baptist Church; the actual St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church congregation was formed in 1973. The church building has seen many changes throughout its time and continues to be a special place for its attendees and the community in Ovingham to gather. Likewise with many structures in Australia and particularly Adelaide, the St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church building was affected by rising salt damp. South Australia’s hotter, drier climate and raised salt levels in soil means the problem of salt damp is increased. The cream Lal Lal bricks that the church was built with are especially affected by decay due to their softer consistency; the bricks get their name from the quarry the clay derived from. St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church presented a challenging project with rising salt damp in rendered 300mm stone walls, successfully treated with DRYZONE. Damp Busters introduced DRYZONE into the Australian Market in 2003, and since that time, we have treated hundreds of buildings, including heritage listed, with a 100% success rate. For salt damp removal in Adelaide or wherever you may be, contact the Dryzone applicator from your state.

The Old Treasury Building Adelaide

The heritage listed Old Treasury Building in Adelaide’s CBD was successfully restored with DRYZONE after needing urgent damp wall treatment. Built in stages from 1839-1907, the Old Treasury Building is linked to a history of exploration and surveyance of the selling and governance of land, the expansion of the State’s agricultural and pastoral industries, and executive government. The Treasury building was the centre of South Australia’s administrative and governmental affairs for over 130 years, and housed the Cabinet Room from 1876 until 1968. One of its original walls is still standing, however, the structure has now been restored and redeveloped as Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury. Despite the redevelopment, the Old Treasury Building is a fond reminder of Adelaide’s history and stands as a prime example of the cities’ architectural beauty. Guided tours of the old Cabinet Room and tunnels that were used for the secure transport of gold under the building are run by the National Trust of South Australia. During the tours visitors can find out all about one of Adelaide’s oldest colonial buildings which experienced everything from floods and riots to historic reforms. The National Trust of South Australia is a community based, not-for-profit, non-government organisation. NTSA is involved in the active conservation, management and promotion of the State’s natural, indigenous, build, historic heritage and culture.

Mildura Primary School

Damp Busters have restored a wide range of older buildings, including important local institutions like schools with DRYZONE rising salt damp treatment. Within the Mildura Rural City Council local government area, Mildura Primary School is one of four large primary schools – serving approximately 340 students. The school has a long and rich history, following its establishment in 1888. In 1891 construction began on the current site of Mildura Primary School, whilst a year later a second building was established. Over the past 100 years there has been developments to many of the school’s buildings. Up until the end of 2011 Mildura Primary operated on separate sites for more than 50 years, however this changed when the sites incorporated and began operating as one. With a focus on ‘Kids First’ and value for the community, this primary school is a priceless asset to Mildura.

Mannum District Hospital​​

In addition to schools, many local hospitals contain older buildings which are prone to rising salt damp and need to be fixed with DRYZONE damp proofing. Located on the west bank of the Murray River, Mannum District Hospital is a public hospital that provides critical services including diagnostic radiology, X-rays, CT, fluoroscopy, inpatient, outpatient, same day stays and aged care facilities. All hospitals in the area work together to support the patient care needs of the region, with some patients starting at Mannum District Hospital, but finishing their care at a neighbouring hospital based on their specialist medical or allied health needs. One of the key contributors to the town of Mannum in the early days was a man named Captain Arnold, who provided land for the hospital in the 1910s. The district hospital was then built in 1921. Damp Proofing The issue of rising salt damp is heightened in South Australia due to the hotter, drier climate and higher salinity level in soil. Higher salt levels mean that there are considerable rates of transpiration through the walls, and evaporation out of the walls. The salts that remain on the wall surfaces attract additional moisture from the atmosphere and draw said moisture into the wall, which only exacerbates the problem. Situated on the Murray River in South Australia, severe rising salt damp presented a health hazard to both patients and hospital staff at the Mannum District Hospital. The problem was resolved by the successful application of DRYZONE damp proofing treatment. Our specialist team of rising damp technicians were on hand to ensure the job was carried out in an efficient and professional manner that caused the least amount of inconvenience possible.

Trinity Uniting Church

The Trinity Alberton Uniting Church is located in Alberton, South Australia. In 1880 the foundation stone of the small church was laid by J Formby Esq. For over a century the church has been servicing the community of Alberton and regularly hosts a range of events. This includes church services, as well as services for Christmas, children, youth, parents and babies, English conversation and prayer. Recently Damp Busters was called to help with eradicating rising salt damp from the structure. The Trinity Alberton Uniting Church was found with rising salt damp in its 350mm stone walls which needed treatment to prevent further damage to its structure. Damp Busters were on hand to assist in eradicating rising salt damp with the world’s leading rising salt damp eradication system – DRYZONE. The church is just one of 1000’s of buildings we have treated over the years, with 100% success rate. DRYZONE is a superior treatment to others available on the market because it has been formulated to form a super effective damp-proof course in all types of walls. Additionally testing has been done under more conditions than any other rising damp treatment on the market. You can read the reports on our website providing much more detail on the effectiveness of DRYZONE. Due to being situated in South Australia, the church was prone to rising salt damp is because ofthe hotter, drier climate and higher salinity level in soil. Higher salt levels mean that there are considerable rates of transpiration through the walls, and evaporation out of the walls. The salts that remain on the wall surfaces attract more moisture from the atmosphere and draw the moisture into the wall, contributing to the problem.

Akuna Station

The Akuna Station is situated in Lowbank on the Lower Murray area between Kingston and Waikerie in South Australia. This area is known as the Riverland wine region where the old estate has since been converted into vineyards and accommodation. Established during the 19th Century, Akuna Station was originally used as a fording station for stock crossing the river, then later as a coach stop and postal depot. Nowadays, the station is an award winning property and home to a truly picturesque riverfront. The word ‘Akuna’ is even thought to be Aboriginal for ‘running water’. The property boasts high cliff tops, scrubland, wetlands, dry farming land and a premium vineyard. A 1875 paddleboat known as Akuna Amphibious houses accomodation. Since being fully restored with luxury appointments up to six guests can stay in the paddleboat. Other accomodation on the property includes a two bedroom original homestead built in 1928 that has been renovated. Akuna Station required damp wall treatment after rising salt damp was discovered to be affecting the structure of the building. Damp Wall Treatment for Akuna This is another case where DRYZONE damp wall treatment was used to successfully fix the problem. Obviously it is important that any issues like this one get attended to as fast as possible in order to ensure the safety of all visitors and employees and that there is minimal disruption to the operations of the business. That is why DRYZONE was the best treatment for the job as it is effective, fast, non toxic, clean and safe, as well as being guaranteed to fix all rising damp problems. Moisture in the walls is minimised, the build-up of ground salts is blocked and heat-loss reduced due to DYZONE creating the best possible barrier to rising damp. Around the world independent test houses have verified the effectiveness of DRYZONE under a wide range of conditions. The examined test conditions include: saturated walls and mortar with low and high alkalinity, low and high porosity, lime-based and cement-based mortar.

Woodside Uniting Church

The Woodside Uniting Church is located in Woodside, in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. The site is also home to a Sunday school and cemetery. The first stone chapel was built in 1851 and another stone chapel with a porch was constructed in 1862, along with the cemetery. The church’s facilities can also be hired for the purpose of funerals, baptisms, weddings, and other events. This is another old church with rising salt damp problems in its stone walls eradicated using the DRYZONE system. Damp proof injection The issue of rising salt damp is heightened in South Australia due to the hotter, drier climate and higher salinity level in soil. Higher salt levels mean that there are considerable rates of transpiration through the walls, and evaporation out of the walls. The salts that remain on the wall surfaces attract more moisture from the atmosphere and draw the moisture into the wall, contributing to the problem.