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Old 01-03-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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I have just purchased an old Victorian house with solid brick walls. The surveyor found evidence of rising damp and recommended a report by a specialist firm.
The house has no damp proof course. What would be the best method to eradicate rising damp in this case? I have heard that the bricks can be injected with some sort of chemical.

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Old 01-04-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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Need more info. Is the wall double wythe construction? Where did the inspector note dampness (can you include his exact wording)? Basement? Pictures?

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Old 01-04-2011, 09:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
The walls are 225mm thick. The survey report said that evidence of dampness had been found in the lounge external wall at the front of the house. This was at skirting board level up to about 200mm in height. It is possibly caused by rising damp and needs to be checked by a specialist.
You can't actually see the dampness, but it came up with the damp meter.
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Need to figure out if this is damp moist air coming from the ground or some conditioned space or if it is rain/snow melt coming in from the outside.

Where is the house located? What is underneath the floor of the lounge? Is it a basement or a crawlspace? Are there gutters on the house?

Does the skirt show signs of rot? Is that paint peeling? Does it have any spongy or smushy spots?
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The house is located in the South West coast of England. It's a wooden floor and crawlspace and no basement. The gutters look OK and the skirting boards are fine. I have heard reports of specialist firms selling expensive remedies for rising damp that were not needed.
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Improper condensation increases the humidity in the air. High humidity rises the damp and mold problem. So to avoid a damp problem, try to maintain the humidity level. For this ventilator and dehumidifier is the best solution. A lot of appliances available that can absorb moisture from air. One of my friends is using dehumidifier and other is using a ventilator. Both are the good option. I have decided to purchase dehumidifier to reduce humidity in the air. Folks can also use polystyrene-backed paper or polystyrene lining paper.
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