At LAST!!!! Finally we are getting through ....
these are some recent emails Pete recently received out of the blue. They say everything we want to say on this website, and more - thanks guys:
Peter - Just read your web page and a smile crept across my face like a cheshire cat! I have been banging on about the same things for years and people think I am mad, I laughed out loud at the restaurant wall by the river...answer that Mr damp man! I manage a large private estate of around 400 assorted houses mostly mid late victorian and am slowly and painfully reversing the carnage, keep up the good work ...
Hi.. , I'd just like to thank you for the information on your website regarding damp, especially rising damp! We bought a 17th C cottage last February, which had damp problems, and fortunately looked on the net for info because the surveyor had said we needed a damp proof course! Fortunately we spotted your site and having read the horror stories you highlight we dug into it a lot more and went on the SPAB homeowners course. Following all that we have stripped the concrete render off the outside, removed the concrete floor and “damp proof” membrane from our lower than outside ground level floors inside, ripped off all the gypsum / tanking plaster and hey presto the walls are all drying out nicely, surprise surprise! We have a fair bit of work to do but should end up with a nice dry little cottage with lime plaster/render and limecrete floors.I now use your site as a reference every time someone says to me "I've got damp in my old house".
Cheers, Terry Collins - East Yorkshire
I have never been compelled to write and congratulate any company on their website before. I was moved to do so by the valuable information freely available.
Good work all round digitally and physically.
Just to say thankyou for a great site. All the problems that you may find in a 100+years end of terrace house after the 'timber & damp' brigade have had their money, I have found in my daughters little house. I was searching the web to find a surveyor who could tell me e xactly what was wrong but now I feel that all I need is common sense and a shotgun licence. Ever since she bought it 8 years ago they have rendered the gable wall, pumped in a DPC and plastered the inner walls 1 metre high and it is still damp. Now I feel confident to find someone reputable to put things right, more power to your elbow, many thanks.
I am so glad that I found your site. My mothers home is a brick terrace from about 1940. the brick walls up to second floor are solid without cavity. about 25 years ago a holland system was installed at great expense and never worked. Plaster is blowing off the inside of exterior walls and we have had several ideas of rectification. Your site has answered questions that have troubled me for years. I now know that the main problem is the plaster and paint used I will forever follow your site. Thanks - Keith
Hi, just wanted to say that i love the info on your website particularly about rising damp,as a plasterer for the last 26 years i have never found a case of rising damp either and have been telling customers for years that these damp proof companies are full of bull.Keep up the good work in restoring our old buildings . cheers nige moss
I just wanted to say well done for a very honest approach to damp and condensation..
At last a company willing to say the truth.
Keep up the good work.
Adrian here from the midlands.Just wanted to personally write after stumbling across your website.
I am a plasterer by trade and now trying to move into the traditional side of plastering/rendering and pointing with lime.I recently finished my first lime job and the impact it has had on the building already is amazing and also theres something about lime that just feels right.....cant explain it.....bit sad but I LOVE the stuff.
Anyway it was a typical old building in my town where owners had spent a fortune on damp-proofing and replastering in gypsum.....only to have it fall off time and time again from damp.
I stripped everything back to the brick and used traditional lime plaster which has just given the place a new lease of life.The most impressive part of the job was an old original ironstone bread oven.......this had been repointed in sand and cement and the faces of the stone were soaked and beginning to fall apart.I chopped all the cement out and repointed in lime mortar and it looks brand new......the stones are now dry as a bone and again a new lease of life has been given.
Anyway......I'm now looking into working torwards my nvq 3 in heritage skills and wanted to personally thank you for such an informative website.The information has been great thanks.
Thanks again and hope you dont mind me contacting you
A friend has asked me to help her out with her internal wall damp problem. The house is in London and has external render on the whole of the outside with the house right next to one of the main roads going into London.
It’s not extensive, so I should be able to treat but wasn’t sure how.
This website is one of the most brilliant sites I have ever come across, WELL DONE!!!!!!
It should have a warning, ”this site may make you wet yourself with laughter”.
I love the way it is written and it probably just appealed to my sense of humour but your frankness is glorious. All joking inside the content is invaluable.
I bow down in the company of true greatness.
All the best and keep it up.
And I'll leave Steve to have the Final Word about the damp industry:
I live in a 1930's bungalow, has been very damp for the 20 odd years i've lived here. Had old aluminium double glazing, windows and walls always streaming with condensation, mould everywhere. Horrible. Spent years blocking up holes, vents, 7K on new double glazing and god knows what else through my ignorance. The building easily could have been misdiagnosed with rising damp in places. After a bit of education over the past few years and common sense. I installed a PIV (positive input ventilation) system last year. Condensation went over night, problem solved. 20 years of trying to keep moisture at bay through ignorance.
Thanks so much for your free advice that you have given us. We have been sorting out damp problems on an 1890s property, and your advice has certainly saved us a lot of wasted money with cowboy builders.
We would recommend you to anyone who has encountered damp problems in their homes, as your solutions and advice are sensible, pragmatic and not just a temporary fix.
Hello Mr Ward
My wife and I have just recently purchased a ground floor flat, included in the purchase was the freehold of the building which consists of one upper floor flat as well. This building was the old Nat West bank building in the village of *******.
It seems to have been build around 1900 with thick sandstone walls, obviously after the survey, damp was reported ? The strange thing is, my wife and I couldn't smell damp anywhere and everything looks fine except for the wall of a blocked up chimney breast with an electric socket in the middle ?? (see attached photo)
The previous owners of this building sold it to us part complete, still a lot of work to finish off, but worth it when finished.
I was looking for price comparisons for damp proofing, as we have had one quote of £3,500 ! I'm so glad I found your site and have watched your videos on Youtube
The previous owners had replaced the back door and knocked off a lot of plaster around it, exposing the original sandstone walls (see attached photo) We think these walls look stunning and now plan (thanks to you) to knock off the plaster all around the kitchen (firstly) to bring back the original look and more importantly, let it breathe.
I have also renovated a number of houses and was a Site/building manager of two high schools for over twenty years, but I've never really had many damp problems to deal with. So like the many flocks of sheep, you believe what you think is gospel, because the banks told you so! That didn't apply here, as we sold our house and were cash buyers. Also part of the reason to buy (apart from the cheap price) was the Herringbone wood floors (see attached) just like the many! School floors that I have renovated in a number of other schools over the years. So bringing back these walls and floors will enhance this property to it's former glory.
I just wanted to thank you for your invaluable information as we will now be spending our 'damp proof' money on skips, for the removal of plaster.