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Is damp proofing required with high meter readings but no visible damp?

Hi there

I have just purchased a house and had a full structural survey done on the house prior to the purchase.

The surveyor has stated on the survey that the two ground floor reception rooms have high damp meter readings although no damp or mould is visible. The previous vender also had a damp proof course fitted 10 years ago, with a guarantee of 30 years against any rising damp.

Now would it be best to just...

a) Leave as is, decorate the house, and if something does happen, then contact the company that did the damp proofing, as there is 20 years left on the guarantee

b) Do what the surveyor has advised and get this looked at now before any decoration.

I would be grateful for any advice you can give.



3 Answers from MyBuilder Damp Proofing Specialists

How sure can you be that the company who done the damp proofing and gave the gaurantee are still trading.
If your surveyor has said there is damp, I would get this checked out before doing any decorations.


Answered 31st Oct 2011

Call back the company who completed the remedial works and gave the 30 year guarantee. Also on the guarantee are you asked to advise the said company that the property has changed ownership?
If the Guarantee is Insurance backed and the company has ceased trading then get in touch with the Insurance backing company.

Good luck
Scott Cannon.


Answered 6th Nov 2011

Has the property been vacant for a while, has it been cold, you may experience false readings due to condensation? Heat it up and see then.


Answered 28th Dec 2011

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