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    • CRA2018
    • By CRA2018 8th Aug 18, 5:23 PM
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    CRA2018
    Potential Damp Issue
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    • 8th Aug 18, 5:23 PM
    Potential Damp Issue 8th Aug 18 at 5:23 PM
    Hello all,

    Just after some advice as I cannot turn to anyone with regards to these sorts of issues. We are first time buyers and are inexperienced in the matter. There has been a problem highlighted with water staining on the wall due to potential damp on a homebuyers report.

    I have quoted the relevant part of the report:
    However, at the rear there appears to be a leaking section of gutter and beneath this area there is water staining at ground floor level on the rear wall along with associated algae/ moss
    growth which suggests this is a long term issue. No damp was recorded internally but you should have an appropriate person inspect this to establish what needs to be done to rectify this issue and prevent long term damage occurring. This could lead to structural movement, damp, timber decay, disrepair, accidents,ill health and damage to the property.

    The report also quotes "Internally, the external
    walls have been plastered. The walls are likely to contain a plastic damp-proof
    course."

    We do like the house and we just wanted other people thoughts on the matter, is this something a damp specialist can investigate and determine whether it is a long term issue?

    Unfortunately, I can't post the image as i am a new poster but would be happy to PM if you are interested in helping out.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thanks
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    • davemorton
    • By davemorton 8th Aug 18, 5:32 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 5:32 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 5:32 PM
    As a layman, I would say it isnt cause for worry. Fix the guttering, and monitor.
    If you do decide to get a 'damp specialist' do not get one that actually carries out work, as they will end up selling you a load of work that probably does not need doing.
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 8th Aug 18, 5:51 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 5:51 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 5:51 PM
    It doesn't need a damp specialist. Fix the gutter, let it dry out as already said above and then you can repaint it.

    If any plaster does get damaged then it can be patched up, but it sounds like the worst thing it might is a sand down and repaint when it's all dry.

    If that's the worst thing on your survey, congratulations!
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    • SG27
    • By SG27 8th Aug 18, 7:57 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 7:57 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 7:57 PM
    No problems there imo. Just get the gutter fixed when you move in. Probably a diy job.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 8th Aug 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 10:01 PM
    This could lead to structural movement, damp, timber decay, disrepair, accidents,ill health and damage to the property.
    Originally posted by CRA2018

    I'd complain; they forgot pestilence and plague!


    Seriously, if that's all, it must be a decent enough house.
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