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Tuesday 9 December 2008 12.16pm
I have discovered two patches of damp in my house. One which looks like somebody has punched the wall from outside (I believe this is called 'blown plaster') and one which has resulted in a fair bit of black mould climbing the wall. Does anybody have any recommendations for damp specialists in SE1 that won't charge a fortune and will do a good job?

Thanks very much.
Tuesday 9 December 2008 2.30pm
Chris - my builder is Yilmaz - 07876494411. He's not a damp specialist but he does most building work and repairs. He's a fantastic bloke - really honest an reliable, but he's usually very busy. Vaughan
Tuesday 9 December 2008 3.19pm
Thanks Vaughan. I actually had Yilmaz over a while ago to quote on my side return extension and he seemed like a thoroughly decent chap so may give him a call if I cannot find damp specialists who seem reasonable/come recommended.

Given the current financial turmoil, I had an estate agent come and value the house both as it is and with the proposed side return extension. His view was that the extension/enlarged kitchen would add max 10-15k. Given that the total cost is getting on for 50k, I think I am going to just re-design/decorate the kitchen. Be interested to hear your thoughts as somebody who has lived in the street a little longer than myself.

Tuesday 9 December 2008 6.23pm
Carmen, just a thought - the area of black mould you describe may be caused by condensation. I am no expert but had a situation where damage I thought was down to a roof leak turned out to be caused by condensation - black mould is a characteristic sign of it. I'm told that one way to test for the cause of damp is to fix a large square of plastic over the area and leave for a few days - if water appears on the inside, it's caused by a leak or water soaking through from the outside, if it's on the outside, it's condensation. Not tried it myself, mind....

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