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    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 8th Jan 18, 1:43 PM
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    Possible Rising Damp in my bungalow ?
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    • 8th Jan 18, 1:43 PM
    Possible Rising Damp in my bungalow ? 8th Jan 18 at 1:43 PM
    I have had a decorator round to my bungalow.

    He has advised me that I may have possible rising damp in my main bedroom.

    In the bottom corner of the room, the wall paper is peeling off from the wall. He has given me a number of a damp specialist, who I have already phoned. They are coming round on Wednesday week. The wall paper behind my bed is also peeling off. They will charge me £40 to have a look and produce a report.

    I have stains on my walls and on the ceiling. It is north-facing,I get a lot of condensation in the room (I have a dehumidifier in my place). All my other rooms are fine.

    Can anyone please give me advice.
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    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 8th Jan 18, 3:11 PM
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    It is most likely condensation rather than rising damp. Is this 'specialist' from a firm who supply damp proofing treatment?
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 8th Jan 18, 3:31 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 3:31 PM
    It is most likely condensation rather than rising damp. Is this 'specialist' from a firm who supply damp proofing treatment?
    Originally posted by Tom99
    Yes they do supply dump proofing treatment.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 8th Jan 18, 3:33 PM
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    I bet it’s condensation too if it’s a North facing room, especially if it is behind items of furniture that don’t move.

    Are the walls insulated? Do you keep the room nice and warm? What ventilation do you have?

    I doubt very much that you need a ‘damp specialist’. They’ll charge you £40 to SELL you damp proofing.

    Post pictures if you like.
    Everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 8th Jan 18, 3:34 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 3:34 PM
    Yes they do supply dump proofing treatment.
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    Freudian slip there, as itís true!
    Everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 8th Jan 18, 3:42 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 3:42 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 3:42 PM
    Yes they do supply damp proofing treatment.
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    Then I would be very suspicious of any repair they recommend other than heating, ventilation and insulation.
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 8th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
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    I bet itís condensation too if itís a North facing room, especially if it is behind items of furniture that donít move.

    Are the walls insulated? Do you keep the room nice and warm? What ventilation do you have?

    I doubt very much that you need a Ďdamp specialistí. Theyíll charge you £40 to SELL you damp proofing.

    Post pictures if you like.
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    Yes there is furniture in front of wall.

    Wall is insulated.

    Warmth......Probably room is lukewarm.

    Ventilation......I have had window vents installed in my french doors a few months ago. Before my french windows, I had a big double window. It would let air blow in (NOTE : I could see the curtains blowing during the day), Since doors, it seems very very air tight.

    I may post pictures. For info, the wall-paper that is coming away from wall, there is a black stain on the wall. It could be mould.

    Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by Mchambers; 08-01-2018 at 3:59 PM.
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 8th Jan 18, 4:03 PM
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    Then I would be very suspicious of any repair they recommend other than heating, ventilation and insulation.
    Originally posted by Tom99
    For info they are checkatrade reg and do seem to get good reviews.
    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 8th Jan 18, 4:42 PM
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    For info they are checkatrade reg and do seem to get good reviews.
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    I would take no notice at all of the above...........
    I presume that you have checked to make sure that your gutters are not blocked, there are no missing/slipped roofing tiles & any lead flashing looks OK ??
    HTH
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 8th Jan 18, 4:54 PM
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    I would take no notice at all of the above...........
    I presume that you have checked to make sure that your gutters are not blocked, there are no missing/slipped roofing tiles & any lead flashing looks OK ??
    HTH
    Originally posted by firefox1956
    For info, I have a gutter next to my back wall, where the paper is peeling off, that is blocked. Does this make a difference ? The gutter is not part of the main gutting. It just connects small part of my back roof (less that 5 ft in length). How can I fix the blockage ?

    The tiling looks fines as does the lead.
    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 8th Jan 18, 5:02 PM
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    If the gutter is blocked that could be the cause of your problem.
    How to fix the blocked gutter ????
    Get somebody to clean it out for you.....
    Slip the window cleaner a fiver ??
    Its going to be cheaper than paying the 'Damp Specialist'.
    Who will almost certainly find 'rising damp'& want to take plenty of ££££ off you.
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 8th Jan 18, 5:15 PM
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    If the gutter is blocked that could be the cause of your problem.
    How to fix the blocked gutter ????
    Get somebody to clean it out for you.....
    Slip the window cleaner a fiver ??
    Its going to be cheaper than paying the 'Damp Specialist'.
    Who will almost certainly find 'rising damp'& want to take plenty of ££££ off you.
    Originally posted by firefox1956
    It seems to be totally blocked with dry mud so how can it be unblocked ?
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 9th Jan 18, 9:17 AM
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    Bumped for a response.

    Thanks.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 9th Jan 18, 10:10 AM
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    Do you have any local/parish magazines come through your door? They'll usually have somebody advertising gutter cleaning services, mine do. If not google 'gutter cleaning services XXXtown' or ask anybody you know for recommendations.

    We had gutters cleaned on a 4 bed house for £60 last Autumn.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 9th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
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    Trowel, scoop it out.
    Soften with water, hose it out.
    Even replace guttering, in extreme.

    I'd take a bet with you, you don't have rising damp. Cancel the expensive salesman due to visit, get a couple more decorators in, find one who doesn't mind looking in a gutter, add that into their quote. Any decorator "upselling " damp salesmen er... specialist doesn't deserve the job. A decorator who isn't averse to ten minutes up a ladder isn't going to give a rounded job!
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 9th Jan 18, 12:58 PM
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    Clean the gutters in the rain! That will have softened it.

    Come on. This is basic house maintenance and youíre happy to spend a fortune on specialists when you need someone with a small ladder - youíre in a bungalow! Thereís your £40 spent wisely.

    It doesnít actually sound too bad anyway. Itís not a massive damp problem and I also suggest you cancel the appointment. Clean the gutter, clean the affected area with bleach and keep your furniture further away from the wall to allow air to circulate.
    Everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth.
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 16th Jan 18, 4:19 PM
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    Man has been round to my place. Says that I need a pacifier vent and extractor for the condensation plus some things to disinfect the stains. He says he will put them in his report.

    Said my blocked guttering was not causing problem.

    Quoted me £250 for vent, extractor and install + vat on top.

    What does everyone think ?
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 16th Jan 18, 5:04 PM
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    I think your guttering is still blocked!

    Clearing that needs doing regardless. In a bungalow, almost anyone can DIY that, or find a cheap handyman.

    I wouldn't be looking for more complex solutions until that were done, and nor would I be wasting time getting quotes for vents.

    Not saying blocked gutter is the cause, but that it does need clearing.
    • robotrobo
    • By robotrobo 16th Jan 18, 5:08 PM
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    Man has been round to my place. Says that I need a pacifier vent and extractor for the condensation plus some things to disinfect the stains. He says he will put them in his report.

    Said my blocked guttering was not causing problem.

    Quoted me £250 for vent, extractor and install + vat on top.

    What does everyone think ?
    Originally posted by Mchambers

    After all the good advice given on this site! , you dont seem to want to follow any advice!.
    Roll your sleeves up and get stuck in .
    Haveing had the similar problems with my bungalow , remove all furniture away from the walls & allow at least a 3" air flow gap around all of the room, including the back of the bed headboard, .
    Treat the damp area with a mild bleach solution a few times, give it time to dry out . Open windows in a morning and let the air circulate & also dont be frightend to get the heating on as well. Also if the windows are condensed up in a morning , get yourself a karcher window vac & some paper towelling to wipe around the windows.
    Since i have done this in my bungalow , there is no sign of condensation on the walls anywhere in the house.
    Dont be frightend , its not a big job , & hardly any money involved.
    Once you are happy you have cured the problem , then decorate.
    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 16th Jan 18, 5:11 PM
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    Man has been round to my place. Says that I need a pacifier vent and extractor for the condensation plus some things to disinfect the stains. He says he will put them in his report.

    Said my blocked guttering was not causing problem.

    Quoted me £250 for vent, extractor and install + vat on top.

    What does everyone think ?
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    Why does everybody want to go for the most complicated expensive way to do anything these days ??
    As I said before clean the gutter out !!!
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