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 Post subject: Survey Report - Damp
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 2:09 pm 
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We're currently at the last stages of buying our first home and have had penetrating damp flagged up on the survey report. The house has finlock concrete gutters which I believe are a common problem for damp, however the owner insists the marks on the ceiling are not caused by damp but simply wallpaper paste and not very good decorating where the ceiling curves to meet the wall. The estate agent arranged for a damp proof specialist to have a look who has also put in writing that the marks are paste not damp but I have since learnt they have no liability as the report was arranged by the agent. Looking at this photo, would you say it is feasible that this is wallpaper paste and bad papering and I am concerned about nothing?

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Finlock gutters are a nightmare and just looking at that I think trying to fob that off as wallpaper paste is utter rubbish. I would get a quote to remove the Finlock gutters and get that knocked off the price. As hard as it is to walk away when you have gone so far into this purchase you really do not want all the headaches that these utterly useless gutter systems offer.

I have a friend who has the system on his house and they have bodged and bodged trying to seal them and still have damp issues. The only way is to have them taken out and conventional gutters fitted. See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNLEF273e2w It costs around £3k

I would love to offer you some magic solution but you will thank me for being straight with you on this. :thumbright:

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Pay for an independent survey yourself. Better that as you can knock of any cost against the purchase price or walk away from the sale if they won't negotiate this factor in.


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Thank you for your replies. If i were to try arrange an independent survey are there specialists for certain types of jobs?

Our building surveyor has already recommended getting prices for work, however the vendor and Estate Agent surveys say there is no issue - what sort of surveyor do I need now to advise on this specific issue?


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gelameal wrote:
Thank you for your replies. If i were to try arrange an independent survey are there specialists for certain types of jobs?

Our building surveyor has already recommended getting prices for work, however the vendor and Estate Agent surveys say there is no issue - what sort of surveyor do I need now to advise on this specific issue?

Get a local roofer in to check the gutters over. Get him to take some photos of his findings as well.
Tbh I think the vendor is trying to pull a fast one here. You are right to question the marks and get a survey done yourself,for the sake of a few hundred quid it'll give you peace of mind and potentially save you thousands of pounds.
Of course the vendor will say everything is fine,it's going to cost them if it isn't.


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Thanks, pretty new to this and the vendor 'appears' to be doing everything to help and I have no reason not to trust them - I just don't have that peace of mind of even being able to go back to the surveys they have had done and complain if there is a damp issue, which is all I really wanted or at least a cost of potential works. Guess I'll have to get a bit awkward at risk of annoying the vendor


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You are the buyer and caveat emptor applies or buyer beware. I would not bother about upsetting the vendor or his agent, you need to be fully aware of potential problems. Have a look locally to see if there is a Finlock contractor, he will check it out and quote you to put it straight.

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If I find a finlock contractor are they more likely to diagnose issues in the hope to secure the work? I would ideally like to find someone who is impartial and won't quote for works and only diagnose what the issue is if there is one. Is this possible?


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A friendly experienced builder will give you sound advise, but would need to know one well to have some persuasion power to get him round :lol:


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Same as Dewalt said, finlock gutters are probmatic, either have them remove or they can be easily relined with epdm rubber.
Whichever, its going to be a scaffold job, plus strip of a good section of tiles to check any insulation or air flow in that inaccessible slope.


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Honestly stop getting obsessed with the gutters already. If this is the only place that looks like this then buy yourself a damp metre.


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