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Old 08-28-2008, 01:20 AM   #1
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Penetrating damp from derelict neighbour!


hi, i have a problem with my property. my neighbouring terraced house is derelict, with a little amount of roof, lots of weeds and a whole load of water/ rain coming in. as you can guess i thus have a damp problem!
i can get into the house, as its been derelict for 15years. so i was thinking of spraying the party wall with a silicone based product to seal the water on the neighbours side.
or external render it?
any ideas, help or advice would be great.
tenants are moving out, new tenants have walked away, the council knows and has supposedly started the legal mumbo jumbo, but i cant wait anymore.
my house is getting very bad!
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ps.would a thick black membrane work? how wouldi seal the top & sides from rain etc? would i have to treat the wall? wouldnt this method force all remaining damp back through my house but stop it in the long run?

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Old 08-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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From your description, it sounds like you share a common "party" wall with the neighboring house, and that wall is degrading due to water infiltration in the neighboring house.

Can you tell us if the wall is wood framing covered in gypsum wallboard, or is it block?

If it is block, you will have more options. If it is framed, you're in trouble.

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-old block wall, not boarded.
-neighbours side is ruined, exposed brick, damged mortar beds etc.
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Pictures would really help. Very hard to know exactly what you have with out seeing something.
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You could paint a moisture sealant like DryLok on your side of the wall to prevent moisture from actually penetrating into your unit. But, the problem is that the wall itself will continue to degrade until the moisture is prevented from penetrating it. I don't know what you could apply to it to prevent water from coming through, but there is probably something. If nothing else, it might help to hang a weatherproof membrane in there where the roof leaks against the wall (plastic or felt paper for instance).

I'd be concerned about the legal ramifications of going in an modifying the neighboring property in any way. There's a chance that you could be held falsely liable for further degradation of the wall.
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prooving it was me would be impossible. the owner hasnt been in his own house for 15 years, its bricked up, so no ventilation too!
i think cover roof, membrane his wall, dehumidfier into my house, render/patch & paint.
should be job done i hope.
what you think?
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None of those things could hurt...And will probably improve the situation you've got right now!
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thanks thekctermite. your advice is gratefully received.
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How about a 4mil plastic tarp along the length of the wall. Tack it to the ceiling and extend it out 3 or 4 ft at the floor and sidewalls. That should keep the bulk of the water off the wall.

Less invasive and easily undone.

Just a thought.
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BUY the place for little of nothing and have control over the situation!!
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BUY the place for little of nothing and have control over the situation!!
That's what I call "think outside the bun"
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yeh, way out of the bun! you havnt seen the property or the area, more work than worth it!

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