Damp Survey

MouldyOldDough
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We need a damp survey on our house (we have damp first floor ceilings)
Anybody used them ?
What are their charges ?

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  • Hi,
    sorry can't help, never used them.
    Some interesting reading HERE.
  • FreeBear
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    MouldyOldDough said: We need a damp survey on our house (we have damp first floor ceilings)
    Damp ceilings will be one of two or three things.
    • Condensation.
    • Leaking roof or flashing.
    • Overflowing gutters.
    The pattern and location of the damp will help to pinpoint the issue, and you don't need a surveyor to tell you.
    Condensation can be reduced by ventilating where needed, and insulation in the loft.
    Leaks in the roof or flashing can be dealt with by a decent roofer, and they could probably sort any issues with the guttering.
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    As above don't pay for a damp survey without checking the rest. It's likely to be a waste of money and something can easily be fixed (roof/gutters/leak)
  • FreeBear said:
    MouldyOldDough said: We need a damp survey on our house (we have damp first floor ceilings)
    Damp ceilings will be one of two or three things.
    • Condensation. 
    • Leaking roof or flashing.
    • Overflowing gutters.
    The pattern and location of the damp will help to pinpoint the issue, and you don't need a surveyor to tell you.
    Condensation can be reduced by ventilating where needed, and insulation in the loft.
    Leaks in the roof or flashing can be dealt with by a decent roofer, and they could probably sort any issues with the guttering.
    I believe that it is condensation caused by lack of ventilation in the loft
    In combination with bags of tightly packed insulation....
    But I am disabled and unable to even climb into the loft for a look see 
  • MouldyOldDough
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    edited 26 November 2023 at 3:18PM
    As above don't pay for a damp survey without checking the rest. It's likely to be a waste of money and something can easily be fixed (roof/gutters/leak)
    Obviously it is one of the three..... But which?
    And "easily" fixed???
    It's not gutters because it is in the middle of the rooms
    And we have black mould spots! 
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    edited 26 November 2023 at 4:14PM
    Hi,
    As above don't pay for a damp survey without checking the rest. It's likely to be a waste of money and something can easily be fixed (roof/gutters/leak)
    Obviously it is one of the three..... But which?
    And "easily" fixed???
    It's not gutters because it is in the middle of the rooms
    And we have black mould spots! 
    seems you're not happy with advice given.
    So go ahead, get the damp survey team in, accept 'results' and sales pitch, maybe just need a new roof?
    When it's maybe just a slipped slate.

  • Doozergirl
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    https://alpinesurveys.co.uk/rising-damp-is-a-myth-says-stephen-boniface-a-former-chairman-of-rics/

    This is reassuring reading. 

    Please let us know how you get on.  
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  • There is lots of information on damp on the internet. You don’t say how old your house is but perhaps if you give us a bit more detail we can suggest some helpful info. Sadly a lot of people talk a load of nonsense about damp to sell you things. Some of those things they are selling can make the damp worse. 
  • MouldyOldDough
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    edited 27 November 2023 at 11:46AM

    There is lots of information on damp on the internet. You don’t say how old your house is but perhaps if you give us a bit more detail we can suggest some helpful info. Sadly a lot of people talk a load of nonsense about damp to sell you things. Some of those things they are selling can make the damp worse. 
    The house is a 1952 semi 
    Brick built tiled roof 
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    FreeBear said:
    MouldyOldDough said: We need a damp survey on our house (we have damp first floor ceilings)
    Damp ceilings will be one of two or three things.
    • Condensation. 
    • Leaking roof or flashing.
    • Overflowing gutters.
    The pattern and location of the damp will help to pinpoint the issue, and you don't need a surveyor to tell you.
    Condensation can be reduced by ventilating where needed, and insulation in the loft.
    Leaks in the roof or flashing can be dealt with by a decent roofer, and they could probably sort any issues with the guttering.
    I believe that it is condensation caused by lack of ventilation in the loft
    In combination with bags of tightly packed insulation....
    But I am disabled and unable to even climb into the loft for a look see 
    Can you ask a friend or neighbour to have a look in your loft and take some photos or a video on their phone
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