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Why is my internal living room wall Damp

Tuesday, February 29, 2020

Its a common misconception by homeowners that damp can only affect an external wall, many a customer asks the question when damp is diagnosed on an internal wall often saying, “that can’t be right its an internal wall, where’s the damp coming from” Rising damp can effect both internal and external walls as long as […]

Remove plaster when installing new damp proof course?

Tuesday, February 29, 2020

Question: Why do you have to remove the existing plaster when installing a new damp proof course when the plaster looks in sound condition? Answer: Removal of the plaster in necessary as it is likely to contain ground salts such as chlorides and nitrates as a result of the rising damp. The salts are hygroscopic […]

Recurring damp spot on an external wall

Tuesday, February 29, 2020

Question: I have a damp spot on an external wall in my property, I have tried everything possible but it keeps coming back, would there be anything that would get rid of this problem for good? Answer: The damp problem you describe could be rectified for good as long as the source of the problem […]

How to prevent mould and rotting in an old terraced house

Tuesday, February 29, 2020

Question: I have a terraced house in Newcastle upon Tyne, which was built 1901, my problem is that the house sweats; this causes mould and rotting floors and walls. How do I stop this? Answer: Houses built in the Edwardian period over 100 years ago were all solidly constructed with coal fires for heating, open […]

Are free damp surveys a rip-off?

Tuesday, February 29, 2020

Question: We are in the process of buying an old Victorian end terraced house in Durham, we’ve had a free damp and timber survey done by a local company. We have had the report back and it doesn’t sound too good. Tests showed high levels of rising damp on the front bay window, gable wall […]