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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:51 pm 
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A deccy speaking asking for a bit of advice please. Purchased a house that had been empty for 18 months. 1960's with concrete floors. I appear to have some damp in the lower mid house walls near the chimney breast. Chimney and flashing appears okay.
Question - What next. What are the options and who should I approach? The typical damp companies will, no doubt, tell me I need lots of work doing.
Can anyone tell me if the floor is the problem does it all have to be dug up :shock: at great expense or are there other options?
I am away for a week but would appreciate some help. The wife is worried silly.


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Hi,

I had a similar problem. The walls had rising damp so i got a damp course company out. Charged me hundreds of pounds to break the plaster, inject the walls and re-plaster with renovating plaster. All was well for a few months and then the damp came back. I went back to the 'damp' company who said they would charge me £100 to come out and if the fault was found to be the original, they would refund it otherwise they would keep it. I didnt bother with them and found out that it was rising damp from the concrete floor causing the problem. I myself dug the floor out and put a DPC damp course in on a sand screed and re-concreted. Good as new and didnt cost much just my back! I think you're best doing the floor and then thats the big problem out of the way. Anothe roption is to dig a one foot trench along that wall and put a DPC membrance along it with fresh concrete. It might solve the problem though not ideal. Hope thats some kind of help.


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Purchased a house that had been empty for 18 months. 1960's with concrete floors. I appear to have some damp in the lower mid house walls near the chimney breast. Chimney and flashing appears okay.
Question - What next.


Has the fireplace been closed off? .......... and if so, is it vented with an air brick at low level?

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