Rising Damp? Myth?

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  • edited 8 April 2013 at 10:27PM
    new_ownernew_owner Forumite
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    edited 8 April 2013 at 10:27PM
    You don't miss an opportunity in recommending them do you!
    :spam:

    Yeah twice in two threads about damp really constitutes as spam.

    both completely relavant. The company has nothing to do with me, its just a well written article and good food for thought.

    prat.
  • drummer_666drummer_666 Forumite
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    dcdc1970 wrote: »
    food for thought:
    1. the victorians/ edwardians did not have these problems with so called rising damp....??? how come.

    well my victorian house was totally damp!
    no dpm on the floor of the kitchen, the external wall was so damp, plaster and render just fell off.

    after having it treated for rising damp, the floor dug up, a dpm put in and the new floor laid and replastered. well guess what. it dried out and no more damp! smells kitcheny now... not damp.
  • The biggest problem the country faces is not rising damp but the misdiagnosis of rising damp. The biggest con of all is the chemical salesmen describing condensation (the most common form of dampness) as rising damp. Every day people buying houses are forced by building societies to spend thousands of pounds on unnecessary and totally inappropriate damp proofing work. The PCA formerly the BWPDA has insidiously indoctrinated all lenders to insist that any sign of dampness picked up on a valuation report is investigated by one of their members. These PCA companies employ salesmen that masquerade as qualified surveyors after two days training. They even display letters after their names which is gross deception. They are no more surveyors than window surveyors, kitchen surveyors, cavity wall surveyors etc, the list is endless. The PCA not only charges membership fees, it also takes a percentage of the turnover of these companies. Anyone with a damp problem that they or their builder cant resolve would be well advised to employ a properly qualified building surveyor. This may cost a couple of hundred pounds but could save many people from the jaws of these sharks. Which? has proved following their expose that PCA companies are no more trustworthy than anyone else. In fact the bigger companies are the worst offenders. The biggest joke of all is the PCA claim they only employ 'the elite of the industry'. Sooner or later Trading Standards and the OFT will be forced to take action to curtail the activities of these fraudsters.
  • edited 20 November 2014 at 8:51AM
    splreecesplreece Forumite
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    edited 20 November 2014 at 8:51AM
    Hi all.

    I think I know the answer, but would love some opinions on how /i am going about it.

    I am a ftb and buying a repo. Its been vacant for 7-8 mofont.jpgnths and built 1970s (square tce, sort of a box house with 1 long slant roof.

    No bulging anywhere in the house, it feels cold to touch but more potential condensation than damp as its not wet at all when I run my hands round skirts etc...


    The front room ceiling has a thin brown line of water damage running about a metre from wall into centre of room but nothing else anywhere in the house...
    damp.jpg

    The survey came back fine with only an advisory of damp or poss rising damp.


    My theory is that I will get a damp survey and a workman that can deal with damp to quote rather than damp specialist company. (I am worried that I will be sold an unneeded product if I use a company only dealing in DP.


    There is no smell or bulging but unfortunately the water, leccy and gas is off but I believe I am within my rights to turn all stop cocks on and test the water (it is connected still).

    Would anyone advise of anything else.

    Agreed price off vender = 65k , prev sale in street 98k (2012). So I would like to think I dont have 30k worth of damage hiding and its just the repo benefits of a quick sale.
  • Please restrict yourself to one thread
  • splreecesplreece Forumite
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    apologies i didnt realise i hijacked...

    new thread created
  • > And what about modern paints and insulation which reduce ventilation?

    I would argue that insulation only reduces ventilation if you are relying on unintended leaks in the wall to ventilate. Ie. it changes the building, but we should not conclude that insulation is a bad thing.

    In Scandinavia and Germany, newer (20-30 years old) houses purpose built with insulation also tend to have forced ventilation with heat exchangers ("genvex"). I believe we cut that corner and rarely put that in when we insulate.


    > Someone has basically gone around to all the lower air bricks with a tube of silicone and injected it into every hole in all the bricks

    I have seen this done to air bricks higher up in connection with retrofit cavity wall insulation. Doing it below floor level sounds wrong though!
  • I had a struggle against rising damp about 5 years ago I had the whole back wall of my house tanked and paid thousands for it, the problem returned and the rising damp stated to show again about a year ago.

    By coincidence at a trade show in Europe I came across an alternative solution to get rid of rising damp once and for all.

    I was sceptical it sounded too good to be true, no major structural work, no builders trawling through my house, no noise or mess, all it was was a small device fitted in 2 hours, that gave out frequency waves that drive the damp back to the ground. I was very sceptical, but seen as they had what seemed like genuine references mainly in Switzerland and they offered a money back guarantee I thought it was worth a punt, its been 18 months now and the damp has visually gone from the wall. They come around every three months to do readings but it really is working.

    I couldn't believe it, it looks like they are expanding as they send around someone else to take the last readings and the van was sign written home-dry.co.uk - anyway the device is call Ombrello and I really can vouch for it!

    I'm not sure how or why its working but it is! Anyone with a rising damp problem I highly recommend this device.
  • First post and replying to an out of date thread and pushing a product?

    I wonder which button to press?
  • SG27SG27 Forumite
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    "gave out frequency waves that drive the damp back to the ground":rotfl:
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