You’ve just had a survey on the property you’ve fallen in love with but just look at what the surveyor has written! Damp was found in all the ground floor rooms. Damp was found in isolated areas of the external walls. The floor in the kitchen was damp.
Just what you didn’t want to read. It was going to be the house of your dreams. Those dreams have just turned into nightmares.
But there are many properties in Rossendale and Lancashire with damp
problems. So let’s stop the panic and consider the implications. If there is damp in all the ground floor rooms it must be coming from somewhere and that somewhere is likely to be the cellar. If the cellar hasn’t been tanked then moisture will be absorbed into the walls from the earth and then rise upwards into the ground floor walls. This could be expensive to resolve however it could result in another useful room being created.
If damp is present on the external walls this could be due to a failed damp proof course or perhaps it hasn’t even got a damp proof course and you need to have a chemical injected DPC. Not that expensive to resolve and the treatment may only be needed on the external walls and therefore the internal decorations won’t be affected.
If the surveyor has found damp in the kitchen floor it maybe caused by the ceramic tiles being laid on the concrete floor before the concrete has dried out The damp is then trapped between the membrane the concrete has been laid on and the tiles. If the damp isn’t immediately obvious on the surface of the floor the problem maybe one you can live with. If you were planning to change the floor covering then just let the floor dry out naturally once the ceramic floor has been removed.
The answer to all these problems is to contact your surveyor and talk through your concerns. At Home Inspection Services in Rossendale we provide this service free of charge as part of our customer commitment. Other surveyors may not provide this service or if they do, they may make an additional charge.