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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I’m new to the forum and I’m hoping someone can explain what’s going on with my home. I purchased a house in rural southeast SD in July, and have been noticing random saturated foundation blocks around the perimeter of the home. The photo with the sidewalk pictured is the exterior...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hi All, My water tank overflowed a few days ago due to the ball cock not working. A plumber has now fixed the issue. Im now worried about the long term affects the water had. The bedroom with the leak has visible damp stains and I can smell the damp in the corridors. I applied some anti...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    I have my rainwater feeding into a sump rather than a pipe to the street and have experienced a lot of issues with damp. Should I be able to see water in the down pipe drains? Is there a need to have the sump periodically pumped out?
  4. Flooring
    I want to replace the carpet as I am renovating. However, I have a smelly issue with the floorboards under the (now) removed carpet. I believe the board is masonite or MDF, and I removed the carpet and underlay as it smelled of mildew. The smell is still within the boards, and I have left the...
  5. Roofing/Siding
    i have a storage space 3 feet high above the bathroom and bellow the roof (roof made of concrete). the storage space has foam insulation on the ceiling and metal showing between, the sides are cement and brick and the floor cement. There are also 4 pipes (hot and cold) pipes running through it...
  6. Roofing/Siding
    Hi, I have what I think is called a cathedral ceiling, in the second bedroom of my property, it is a pitched ceiling which follows the line of the roof and appears to have very little in between the interior ceiling and the roof. The inside is "plastered" with artex, which has been painted. The...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hey guys, Got a damp basement in a 100yo house. Stone block foundation walls, most of the basement is a dry concrete slab, but one end is what looks like a combination of bricks and stones set in dirt, and always damp when it rains. The water definitely comes up from the floor, no wall leaks...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    I have a bay window in upstairs front bedroom, with serious damp/mould issues underneath window, mostly in corners. Having recently tried to re-decorate, after cleaning off mould with commercial "mould killer", I added 2 coats of Dampseal and then 2 coats of emulsion. However, the wall gets so...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    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...
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