RICS prove they don't understand damp

RICS blog - How to deal with damp - or not...

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 recommending people contact the RICS.  This is the level of unintelligence, stupidity, lack of training, lack of understanding of the BASIC tenets of dampness problems.  

Heaven help us all

How to deal with damp the RICS way

Have a look - the condensation section just deals with stuff running down windows - no understanding of internal conditions, no mention of the real causes of 'rising damp' being interstitial condensation.  No mention of managing the internal atmosphere - just - "wipe it off".. 

This is their solution: "If you notice condensation forming in your home, the best treatment is also the simplest: wipe the water droplets away with a cloth."

Jesus.. we are surrounded by idiots.  

Then they talk about rising damp so authoritatively - "The main symptoms include tide marks on the wall, damaged skirting boards, peeling paint or wallpaper and wet patches. On occasion you may also see a white powder form."   Really!  

Maybe you should be talking about condensation, about solid walls, about salts, about the temperature of the walls, about relative humidity and total moisture content..  About actually understanding the sources of moisture instead of "get a surveyor and we might find a broken drain" or "include adjusting the space below the floorboards so water can evaporate" - what??? How do you 'adjust the space under the floorboards'?  What kind of crap is this?

This.. ladies and gents.. is the standard that the RICS seems to think is the 'Mark of property professionalism" - what a load of unintelligent tosh. PLEASE rics - whever the hell writes this kind of garbage needs to go back to nursery school and learn about the basics.  My 4 year old knows more about condensation - he even talks about thermo hygrometers measuring moisture in the air...

 

 

 

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