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    • madge7
    • By madge7 14th Sep 17, 6:56 PM
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    Rising damp on surveyors report - advice needed
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    • 14th Sep 17, 6:56 PM
    Rising damp on surveyors report - advice needed 14th Sep 17 at 6:56 PM
    Hi,

    We are hoping to buy an approx 100 year old Victorian house. Survey has been carried out this week and damp was found to be present on ALL interior & exterior ground floor walls.

    The surveyor recommended a full damp inspection be taken out and report prepared - the owners of the property have arranged this. He seems to think the timber joists underneath the house could all be rotten (some parts of the flooring have sunk slightly which would suggest this) due to the air bricks outside being level with the pathways which is allowing water to flow into the property. He has therefore suggested the carpet & floorboards be taken up to check for evidence of damp and he thinks the damp specialist will recommend this too.

    Has anyone experienced this? We were prepared for some issues and I know old houses have damp but his seems quite extreme. If there is damp in the floors we would need to rip the whole of the ground floor out including kitchen.. and lower the path outside or have french drains put in. We also feel like we are in a tricky position because the buyers are unlikely to take the whole floor up but if this isnt done we'll never know the extent of the issue.

    We dont have a load of spare cash to throw at this and my gut feeling at the moment is that it could be far more hassle than it's worth?

    Thanks in advance!
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    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 14th Sep 17, 7:20 PM
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    This why you have surveys.

    Its scary what can be below floors, if dry rot has set in you could be in for a very expensive surprise if you go through with the purchase.

    The seller should not arrange the survey, you should and not a damp company, a building surveyor with the equipment and knowledge.

    With an endoscope the underfloor can be inspected with minimal damage.
    • madge7
    • By madge7 14th Sep 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 8:58 PM
    This why you have surveys.

    Its scary what can be below floors, if dry rot has set in you could be in for a very expensive surprise if you go through with the purchase.

    The seller should not arrange the survey, you should and not a damp company, a building surveyor with the equipment and knowledge.

    With an endoscope the underfloor can be inspected with minimal damage.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    We have had the survey done and he recommended a full damp inspection which is what the sellers have organised. Thanks for your help
    • G_M
    • By G_M 14th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
    1) do not let the sellers arrange this. Choose a damp expert yourself. Pay them yourself. The report is for your benefit not the sellers. And if the report misleads, you want to be able to go back to the surveyor. If the seller arranges it, you can't.

    2) Do not select a damp proofing company who will offer you a free sales inspection survey. Find and pay an independant damp surveyor who does not do remedial work himself, so has no incentive to 'find' damp. You need an expert, not a salesman.
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