Thursday 5 April 2007 4.33pm
I would be very wary of buying a basement flat that has damp. It is almost impossible to remedy unless you are prepared to strip the place down to the bare walls throughout, insert a water bar into the walls and tank below. Most Victorian houses have brick walls that after four or so courses below basement level spread out as a foundation, - the brickwork absorbs water, and the warm dry rooms we want to live in suck it in pulling off the plaster as the water enters. It is controllable if you have a very well ventilated space ( as Victorians tended to do ) and/or if you don't mind replastering now and again as Jackie says. For kitchens and living rooms it is OK but not for bedrooms which have less circulating air. Actually 3.5K seems rather cheap if they are guarenteeing the work.