Random pictures of what the damp wallies call Rising Damp

This was diagnosed by a PCA member firm as rising damp!

This was diagnosed by a PCA member firm of rising damp wallies as rising damp on a wall in London.  Richard went to have a look, and took up a bit of floor.  The wall underneath was bone dry.  The plaster was gypsum, and suffering a bit of condensation.  PCA wanted to inject and replaster everything.  Cheap solution - a bit more ventilation in the cupboard.  Expensive solution - knock a bit off and replace with lime plaster.  Cost - couple of hundred pounds.  All now inexpensively sorted without recourse to any rising damp treatments and snake oil provided by property care association members with their phoney CSSW and CSRT 'qualifications' that have no academic credibility.

Georgian Townhouse with 'Serious Damp Problems'

This is a magnificent building with what were described as major damp issues.  Using thermal imaging, we showed how water was penetrating, and directly related to faulty drainage from the roof.  So simple - there was no 'rising damp' as claimed, and the problem was actually fixed in a matter of half an hour, by repairing a broken cast iron downpipe.

Condensation related to plaster dabs in old farmhouse

This was a survey we did recently in which the owners had 'renovated' the building - using plaster dabbed plasterboard on single brick walls.  These were cold, and the dabs were heat sinks - cold bridging, so that the wall developed 'rising damp' symptoms on all the walls that were dabbed.  The solution was very simple - removal of all the dabbed plasterboard, and thermally efficient dry lining, using steel framing, insulated with sheepwool.

Damp and Condensation

Look out for any damp proofing company that talks about GPI - 'Guarantee Protection Insurance'.  Ever heard of Payment Protection Insurance ?  Same thing - these guys are flogging insurance that supposedly covers you when they go out of business.  Try claiming - every excuse under the sun will emerge, including a sudden realisation that actually you don't have 'rising damp' and the new problem is condensation, therefore not covered by the 'Guarantee'.  GPI is a scam - avoid it!  Also avoid anything talking about Sovereign - they are just a chemical company flogging their toxic wares.

Recent News
RICS prove they don't understand damp

I've just seen this staggeringly incompetent blog on the RICS website.  This is the kind of mis-information that is being fed to homeowners all over the country - and...

Pete's on BBC Radio 4 now!

Pete recently did an interview on BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - which investigated a case history of failed cavity wall insulation.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

It's Condensation Season!

The phone is running off the hook with calls about condensation. Find out how to solve your issues.

The Haynes Manual for Period Property

Ian Rock has written another of his great books.  This one is even better - We've helped Ian with this one and there's loads of photos of our guys doing timber frame work.  A great book, with lots of practical information you need if you have an old home.  Treat yourself and buy this - you won't regret it!

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