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:

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Peter Ward of Heritage House Building Conservation I can credit his YouTube channel with the vast majority of knowledge I have gained in the field of buildings preservation @PeteWard7https://t.co/qXLS2TqhcZ pic.twitter.com/3007bDHFWf

— Chris Reed (@reedarchitect) July 10, 2018

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.
Kind regards
Nick G.

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.

Stephen Clay

Hi Peter,

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.

  Best wishes



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.

I do not have an enquiry, however I have only just found your YouTube content and, because I do not like posting things on the various channels, thought I would email directly. I am a retired building officer, who has worked as a joiner/foreman/supervisor/clerk of works/etc etc, both in this country and overseas, I also served in the forces, I have also been quilty of installing injection dpcs under the auspices of Sovereign and Kingfisher as a contractor. I saw the light many years ago and have since the 80s tried to convince, authorities, clients, architects and the like of the follies of cement render, chemical injection, all the other drillings and insertions were a total waste of money and time, without any success. Having found your videos on YouTube I would like to congratulate you on your efforts. Regards Mick Danielson     



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. 

Thanks Pete. 


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.


A perfect example of PCA fraud

We would just like to say a big thank you. Your website has literally saved us thousands. We too had the unfortunate experience of Mr Wally Damp Man when buying our Victorian home. His quote was not far off £15,000. His survey, if you could call it that, missed literally all the causes of damp in our home - open air vents in the floor causing moisture on the walls, windows that had been painted shut for more than 30 years causing condensation, artex on the walls (yes I know), plastic underlay on a floor that had been partly cemented causing it to sweat and retain moisture (and a putrid smell to boot), external plastic paint down one side of the house, air vents blocked by paint, air vents blocked by soil, external ground level too high in most places, land drains cemented up and a tree as tall as the house right outside the front window. Most of the radiators in the house had been switched off for god knows how long and we believe the central heating was never used as the boiler was broken. NONE of this was in his report yet he recommended injecting a damp course and replastering the whole of the downstairs of the house without any proper investigation and he wouldn't give us the report until we had given him a google review!

The sale nearly fell through because of him and as he is on the PCA register the mortgage company believed his report and called the house 'unmortgageable'.

He had the cheek to phone when we finally completed to ask when we wanted the work to start. Nearly a year later after many second opinions, although we still have a job list as long as my arm we have fallen in love with our house and know exactly what we have left to do and how to do it without doing any of the remedial work he suggested. We can't thank you enough for the help this website has given us and we have also shared it with others.

Kirsty and Bill, Garstang, Lancs (Names changed to protect them from PCA threats)

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