Core Conservation

Important - Scroll down to see the latest about this scammer - and a German TV expose of the scam, together with a German property science website that also investigated them:

We have published a lot of detail about Aquapol - and as a result of this, the people involved changed the name to Core Conservation. We keep chasing these fraudsters up and down the country, making sure we document all their activity and their new company names. Their modus operandi is simple:  Create the impression they know all about conservation. Use the word Conservation all over the website.  Talk about breathability. Talk about lime plaster, lime render. Use all the things we talk about on our sites - talk about moisture being the biggest cause of deterioration of building fabric. Talk about diagnosis of damp problems... They use my favourite word - holistic - because that's what real surveyors do when they assess a building for moisture issues. But then all they do is try to sell you a bloody magnet / lampshade.

All of this builds a picture for you, the innocent home owner, of a company that knows what it is doing.  It doesn't.  Most of what is on their site is copied from our site. Anything that isn't, is copied from other similar professionally run businesses.  

There are so many examples of their rubbish science - they talk about salt content analysis - something we never do, because analysing salts is so chemically difficult, and meaningless anyway. Their discussion of salts really stands out:

"Ground salts are the main cause behind the structural deterioration of masonry. Some salts are found natively in bricks as they are made of clay. However most salts are deposited over time into the building fabric through rising damp or various environmental factors. Salts can either crystallize on the surface (efflorescence) as a white powdery substance or under the surface (subflorescence)."

Really?  most salts are because of rising damp? What a lot of tosh - rising damp doesnt exist for a start. And what about these other mysterious environmental factors - would you like to expand on this? Of course not..

"Determining the type and concentration of salts deposited in the wall fabric gives us a better understanding of the aging/wetting process and it is important when determining the renovation process."

Why?  Our survey company currently has 9 highly qualified RICS Chartered Surveyors who are extensively trained in moisture problems in houses. We survey and diagnose such issues daily all over the country. Never once have we had to determine the type and concentration of salts in a wall - this statement is complete and utter rubbish.

We perform a chemical analysis of the three most important salt types:

  • Chlorides: are sea salts. The most common sources of chlorides are sea-spray and salts from de-icing roads. They tend to stay soluble over 30% relative humidity. Buildings along the coast or close to the sea are typically affected by chlorides.

  • Nitrites: the most common sources of nitrites are commercial fertilizers and manure. Being water soluble they tend to deposit in the upper part of the building; their concentration tends to increase with height and depth. Farm building, barn or stable conversions have typically very high amount of nitrates.

  • Sulphates: sulphates are the most dangerous salts for porous materials due to their unique crystallization behaviour. They tend to crystallize on all surfaces regardless of pore size, and due to their longitudinal crystal growth they can exert a high enough pressure to crack the capillaries. Because they are less soluble, they tend to stay in the lower parts of the building."

I love the sprinkling of statements here - nitrites - well maybe you should mention nitrates - funny how the biggest sources of these have never been mentioned - diesel fumes produce vast amounts of nitrates which attack buildings at low level - and no mention of the fact that sulphates and nitrates are found in huge quantities in just about every chimney and fireplace in the land. I won't bother enlightening the fraudsters at Core Conservation as to WHY these are present and how they form.

Then there's their solution for lime plaster:

"2. Replastering

The first coat (scratch coat or base coat) in contact with the wall MUST BE a special salt-resistant lime plaster such as Rinzaffo, NOT just any ordinary lime plaster. This layer is critical as it has the role of limiting / preventing the migration of salts into the subsequent coats ensuring the longevity of the plaster."

I LOVE this bullshit - so here we have a Core Conservation specialist chappie telling us that we need salt resistant and it MUST be salt resistant etc etc.. You have to shake your head in disbelief at this crap. It's a good sales pitch for his venetian retarding plasters - just walk right on folks - avoid, avoid.

I could go on all day, taking apart every page of the Core Conservation / Aquapol website - there's no point - you need to know one thing - it is a clever con, to create the illusion that these people know what they are doing. After all this bullshit, they will turn up at your door, do a 'survey' and try to sell you their magic magnet - at a cost of many thousands. Don't fall for it!

 

Important November 2019 update:

We have had a large number of complaints reported to us by folks who in the main have visited trade shows around the country and been accosted by a bloke called Val - from Core Conservation, who attempts to convince them that he can 'cure' their damp. He tries to convince them he understands old houses, and is a conservation expert.  He is neither. Whether any problems actually exist in the houses owned by his victims remains to be seen or proven.  A common thread is that this nice mannered chap turns up, does a survey, and then goes into hard-sell mode. Heaven help you if you don't want to buy his system at the time - after all, he's spent all day drilling holes in your walls and taking countless 'scientific samples' and wonderful images of colour changes in walls, so it must be good science.  Well no it is not. It's complete and utter bullshit, using equipment that cannot measure moisture - although he does claim to take carbide samples - I'd like to see his calibration certificates for the kit!  If you don't buy on the spot (and his report will tell you that you need to lower ground levels / increase ventilation / take off gypsum plaster / cement render - you know, all the things we tell you to do....) - THEN you get to pay him about £4000 for a beehive / jelly mould machine that will guarantee your house to be dry....  

The problem now is that he is going round telling people that I am a scammer - and attempts to convince people that Heritage House is out to stop him, the poor genuine chap that he is - and how nasty are we... Funny that - he's just trying to sell you about £4000 worth of useless damp proofing, when our most expensive damp surveys are a quarter of that, and NEVER recommend useless kit like bloody magnets or lampshades.  We solve the cause of the problem - he tries to sell you something.

Anyway - against this backdrop of an angry Hungarian / Romanian / Englishman (I'll get to his identity crisis in a bit - Companies House are a bit worried) - A colleaugue over the pond in Europe recently reminded me that aquapol have a rather interesting history in Europe. 

Here is some of the information that proves just what a fraud this man is - the chap who runs Core Conservation - Val Juhaz - who sells this bloody useless, unproven, unscientific lampshade for £4000 - my friend says:

"Thank you for exposing the Aquapol scammers. I investigated them 5 years ago. They have a long trail of litigation in Germany:

Here is a youtube expose on German TV about AQUAPOL:

You need to hit the Subtitles / Close Caption button on Youtube and then go to settings, subtitles, auto translate, and select 'English'.  The translation isn't brilliant, but you instantly get the picture: The whole thing is a fraud. Run by a bunch of religious freaks, well known to the German legal system, have had numerous awards against them after successful claims proving fraudulent, dodgy pseudo science"

 

 

Court Cases in Europe against the aquapol scam

It's unbelievable that Core Conservation can be allowed to get away with flogging this crap:

Successful injunction proceedings against pseudoscientist Wilhelm Mohorn  and unsuccessful cease and desist proceedings against aquapol-unaffriedene.at. Pseudo-scientist Mohorn has not been able to prove the effectiveness of hocus-pocus in more than 20 trials in over 5 years, although the hocus-pocus has been sold for more than 20 years. The courts finally asked for the truthfulness of his statements.

http://www.aquapol-unzufriedene.at

Aquapol: https://www.psiram.com/ge/index.php/Aquapo l

Unsuccessful cease and desist procedure of Aquapol against aquapol-unaffriedene.at: OGH Austria 17 Ob 2 / 09g

Successful injunction proceedings against the company Aquapol due to unfair advertising:
District Court Munich I, 23.10.2008 ; OLG Munich?
LG Dessau-Rosslau 3O74 / 08, 19.11.2008
district court Bayreuth 13 KH O 33/09, 15.05.2009
district court Frankfurt (Oder), 05.06.2009; OLG Brandenburg 11 O 48/09, 23.02.2010
Regional Court Darmstadt 16 O 396/09, 07.07.2009
LG Kleve; OLG Düsseldorf I-20 U 20/09, 07.07.2009
LG Ansbach 5 HK O 1/09
LG Lüneburg 7 O 23/09, 26.03.2009
OLG Naumburg 10 U 56/08, 29.05.2009
District Court Bamberg; OLG Bamberg 3 U 126/09, 29.10.2009
LG Aschaffenburg 1 HK O 64/09, 20.05.2010
District Court Cottbus 11O48 / 09 23.02.2010
LG Augsburg 1 HK O 5008/09, 25.02.2010
LG Traunstein 1 HK O 1375/09, 21.04.2010
LG Dresden 44 HK O 224/08, 10.12.2010
District Court Frankfurt am Main 6U195 / 10, 26.09.2013 ; Higher Regional Court Frankfurt 6 U 195/10 26.09.2013
LG Hannover; OLG Celle 13 U 119/13, 19.12.2013

Aquapol ruling of the district court Munich I from 23.10.2008
In the judgment which the association social competition against the company Aquapol obtained, the district court in its decision reasons as follows:
With the prohibited advertising statements the company Aquapol offends against the regulations of the law against unfair ones Competition.
The alleged effects of the colloquial so-called "magic box" can not be scientifically proven or confirmed.
Such evidence would not even result from the distributor's own claims.
Apart from the slogans alleged by the defendant company, there is no evidence that the statements could actually be correct.
In the process, the distributor of the "magic box" himself admitted that "at the present time, the proof according to the rules of recognized physics is not feasible".
Furthermore, the defendant must admit that the effect of the advertised devices is not yet possible by expert opinion at the present time. At present it can not be proved that any drying of walls and buildings is actually due to the use of the advertised devices.
As the moisture content of buildings improves, such results can not be attributed to these devices as substantiated scientific knowledge.
LG Munich 1, 4HK 0 21180/07

Cease and desist procedure for other magic boxes:

Aqualan
Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf, 7.07.2009

Biopol
Regional Court Munich II, 02.01.2009

Berlin Regional Court, 16.01.2009
Landgericht Ansbach, 23.01.2009
Regional Court Braunschweig 14.01.2009

Hydrosan
district court Dessau-Roßlau 19.11.2008
district court Munich II, 02.01.2009

Higher Regional Court Naunburg, 29.05.2009

HOTEC
district court Munich I, 04.08.2008

NET (Naturenergietechnik)
Regional Court Dresden, 23.01.2009

For a change, it is sometimes "magnetokinesis" instead of "geo-gravomagnetic fields" or "microwave-like geoenergy":

wall wet

Masonry drying with magnetokinesis : consumer deception ! Wilhelm Mohorn wants to kidnap the OLG Frankfurt, 28.01.2014:
https://blog.psiram.com/2014/01/mauerwerkstrocknung-mit-magnetokinese-verbrauchertaeuschung/ In masonry, there is usually no rising damp, because the joints are grossbporiger and therefore work as capillary breaking layer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXMr_Hew2JU

Moist walls - Aquapol promises remedy, RA Bohle Blog
It is in the "device" to a plastic ball (material value about 30 euros), in which two boards without any connections are - the rest of the content is in air. Connections, power supply or anything tangible You are looking for technical equipment in vain - mind you, at a retail price of several thousand euros!
Naturally, in various proceedings, I also "clashed" with Aquapol and their representatives, and I always offer:
"We put their office / house under water, moisten all the walls and then use Aquapol's device for drying."
You will probably already guessed that nobody wants to get involved in such a thing. Presumably, they are not as gullible and desperate as some homeowners.
A resignation from the contract is legally possible if the thing lacks an agreed condition, with each court, which controls the laws of physics upper school, then come without expert opinion to the conclusion that the devices just can not work: Where should to stay the water? How can a board work without a power supply?
This knowledge of physics had last not a magistrate and actually obtained an opinion on the operation of the "device". The expert's report was conclusively damaging to Aquapol:
"There is no scientific proof that the device works."
Then then the district court has determined that the device the agreed condition (possibility of dehumidification) is missing, so that Aquapol has been sentenced there to repay! Conclusion: Do not be fooled. ...

Aquapol wonder ball opened! 27.11.2009
For years I am amazed at the apparent sales success of the magic balls of Aquapol and Wigopol, and how the other providers of "electrodeless reverse osmosis" may be called. How I was pleased that finally court judgments were issued against these companies, advertising ala "suitable for the dehumidification" may no longer be made. Even better the video of the "Wiso-detective" !!!! (Thanks for that!)
And even greater my happiness when I was called today in a earth-moist cellar to a mold attack. And the lady after a few-thousand-euro investment has also noted the inefficiency of the Aquapol ball. She gave me the ball without further ado. I will open these and inform about the content.

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