Definition of damp-proof in English:

damp-proof

adjective

  • Impervious to damp.

    ‘any damp-proof membrane must be effective’
    • ‘I wonder whether I should completely replace it with a concrete floor, laid over a damp-proof membrane.’
    • ‘You will note that their recommendations are for a light scabbling of the floors followed by a damp-proof membrane application and then a levelling screed for the lino to be laid on.’
    • ‘We'd already decided that the guttering and downpipes need upgrading but now it looks like a new floor complete with damp-proof membrane is going to be needed.’
    • ‘Combined underlay and damp-proof membrane is the easiest option.’
    • ‘Silicone faced fibreglass made by a sail-maker is buttoned to the inner building with an insulating layer and inner damp-proof lining.’
    resistant, impenetrable, impervious, repellent
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make impervious to damp by using a damp course.

    ‘the foundation has been properly damp-proofed’
    • ‘It has been damp-proofed and fitted with a new roof.’
    • ‘We are insulating and damp-proofing some houses, but at the pace we are going it will take around 50 years to retrofit the 300,000 homes that have inadequate ceiling insulation alone.’
    • ‘Given that most properties will need new plumbing, wiring, flooring, damp-proofing, plastering and painting, not to mention new kitchens and bathrooms, figure on a budget of more than €50,000.’
    • ‘The 100 ft monument, which was raised in 1851 using a public subscription of £1, 250, needs its outer skin patched-up and damp-proofed with a special paint approved by English Heritage.’
    • ‘It needs to be rebuilt using materials in keeping with the original stone and slate building, and the 4, 000sq ft home must then be damp-proofed, wired, plumbed and decorated.’
    • ‘The one-acre garden belongs to property maintenance boss Michael Egan, who met Alf four years ago while damp-proofing his sheltered flat.’
    • ‘Although renovation is required in many areas, the 297 square metre property has a number of period features and has recently been damp-proofed, reroofed and fitted with new windows.’
    • ‘If the fungus is actually growing as a result of an underlying damp problem, you will need to look at getting a professional company into your home to examine the problem and to damp-proof the walls and floors of the whole basement.’
    • ‘Recently replastered, rewired and damp-proofed by its architect owners, the house consists of a living room, two bedrooms, kitchen and shower room.’
    • ‘This floor has been re-wired, damp-proofed and re-plastered by the present owners, who have also installed central heating.’
    • ‘The parlours, scullery and servant's quarters all needed to be dug up and damp-proofed and there are still whole areas of the house we haven't finished.’
    • ‘Sherry FitzGerald is seeking €485,000 for this 116 square metre property, which dates from the 1920s and has recently been replumbed, rewired and damp-proofed.’