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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:53 pm 
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Whole house, but you obviously need to leave doors open for the air to move round. That one says 'upto a 5 bed house'. I've actually got two, one here and one at the other place. Both work really well, although this one here is rarely used.

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Just a thought but how is the cellar
for ventilation/damp?


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The cellar has plenty of ventilation. However, the cellar is only accessible under the hallway. The rest of the rooms have a suspended floor instead.


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Hi guys.

Sorry for bringing up an old thread, but I'm very desperate! But in continuation, I think I may have found a possible cause of all our humidity issues.

For those who don't know, since moving to our property a few years ago, we've had very high humidity in the house. This causes a lot of condensation problems and even after changing our lifestyle such as drying clothing at launderettes, using extractors and dehumidifiers and plenty of ventilation, our humidity levels have stayed stubbornly high.

But recently, whilst accessing the cellar, I've spotted a damp in our coal room floor hidden under a workbench - This is an area I've normally never checked.

The damp patch is:
  1. Approx 1ft by 1ft in size
  2. Constantly wet
  3. Clean/rain water mixed with dirt from cellar - no smells at all
  4. Not touching the edges of the walls and seems to be coming from the ground up

I've already checked:
  1. Roof gutting and downspouts - All clear and not overflowing
  2. Gulleys around the house - Camera thrown in to check for damage or any sign of blockage - Nothing at all

I'm not sure how important this is, but I would like to add though that the neighbour has what seems to be like a storm drainage with a large manhole cover. I have lifted this cover and it seems to be clear with water running down it. However this is running exactly parallel to where our puddle is. I'm suspecting that either we are getting ground water or we have an old disused storm drain which is causing all these issues.

Also, I've ripped out everything and have started digging a hole to see what is going on. So far I've gone down a few inches and other than very damp soil, nothing as yet. Could anyone advise please at to what you think and recommend?

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I've now made it more wider...Not sure if this is of any relevance, but there is a gap under the brick wall. I can feel cold air coming from it, but no water:

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What can you guys suggest? Dig further? Wait and watch? :dunno:


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I've now made it more wider...Not sure if this is of any relevance, but there is a gap under the brick wall. I can feel cold air coming from it, but no water:

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What can you guys suggest? Dig further? Wait and watch? :dunno:


Wait and watch . see if there is any water ingress after rainfall.

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Thanks wine-o.

I don't know about your area, but around here, we've had a lot of rain. But the heavy rain has started at around 10pm and will continue until around 2-3am. I'll let you know of any update sometime tomorrow.

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this looks like pre 1914 propertey, does it have a cavity walls insulation? is it rendered?are any floors solid?

youve exposed the original cellar brick floor. you could lift all the new stuff an pour a new slab over a membrane but i dont think the massive condensation you talk about is down to the basement but i dont now for sure.
trickle ventilation and constant trickle heat will usly do wonders for condensation but not always.
just seal any gaps with silicone or foam.
if theres been damp work you might have a hard cement render on inside walls.


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Hi wes56,

This property was built around 1935. It doesn't have any cavity wall insulation as this has been ruled out by the installers due to some bricks possibly bridging the cavity and also due to rubble.

You mention original "cellar brick floor", but I'm not sure where this so-called floor is? The large stones running under the brick wall...are they not the foundations?

The cellar floor before I created that hole, is solid concreted, but I'm not sure how old the concrete is.

P.S: I checked for any signs of ground water after last night's rain....But nothing at all.


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Sorry guys, but I've had no replies, so I'm bumping this thread.


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