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Saturday 10 August 2013 10.22am
Hello all

I have a damp problem in my flat, can anybody recommend a local company that might be able to help?

Many thanks
JO
Saturday 10 August 2013 2.42pm
Hi Jo

I can't recommend anyone, but all I'd say is there are lots of unscrupulous firms out there calling themselves 'damp specialists'. At least get a couple of quotes and, depending on how extensive the work required is, you might want to spend a couple of hundred pounds getting a surveyor's opinion so that you know for yourself definitively what's needed.

Is it definitely damp as opposed to condensation? If it is damp and you live in a flat, aren't you the leaseholder and, that being the case, isn't the freeholder responsible for the fabric of the building?
Sunday 11 August 2013 8.37am
Hi Gavin

Thanks for the advice. I think you have a good pointm, it could be condensation, I will investigate how to deal with that I will also talk to the freeholder re checking out the potential damp.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Thanks again.
Jo

Gavin Smith wrote:
Hi Jo
I can't recommend anyone, but all I'd say is there are lots of unscrupulous firms out there calling themselves 'damp specialists'. At least get a couple of quotes and, depending on how extensive the work required is, you might want to spend a couple of hundred pounds getting a surveyor's opinion so that you know for yourself definitively what's needed.

Is it definitely damp as opposed to condensation? If it is damp and you live in a flat, aren't you the leaseholder and, that being the case, isn't the freeholder responsible for the fabric of the building?
Monday 12 August 2013 11.56am
The 2 biggest causes of 'damp' are condensation and penetration from faulty guttering. Rising damp is actually extremely rare.

Have a look where the damp is and check the guttering above it on the outside. Get into the habit of opening your windows and airing your house every day.

A big issue is that people have double glazed windows fitted that are airtight and they then get condensation as the old windows were fairly leaky and allowed ventilation.

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