Damp Proofing Question

I have very wet porch and small bedroom.

Walls are wet when I look at them as well as touch them. Porch is connected to garage on one wall and house on other, with 2 walls as outside walls. The porch is not heated so is very cold and when I put coats hanging in there, they grew mould on them, although this hasn't happened since I removed them. I use a tray of salt to collect water in the porch. Bedroom has 2 outside walls (above the porch) and 2 internal walls. Bedroom also has mould growing around window and in outside corner of wall. Paint is squidgy and rubs off easily. The house is about 30/40 years old and was empty for a year before I moved in 6 months ago.

3 Answers

THE PORCH IS OLD WITH NO FORM OF INSULATION ,MOST PROBABLY 4" WALLS BASICALLY AN OUTHOUSE ,SOLUTION KNOCK DOWN AND REBUILD PROPERLY INSULATE ,HEATING ,CAVITY WALLS ECT

Answered 13th Feb 2012

substructure

Member since 7 Jun 2008

you really need to get someone out to look at this as it could be a a multitude of reasons for this, bad pointing, leaking flashings,cracked/broken roof tiles gutter leaking, bably fitted windows,without looking at the problem it is impossible to say exactly what is causing the problems.

post in the dampproof section on the site and get a local expert out to advise you on the remedy and cost.

good luck alex

Answered 13th Feb 2012

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

It does sound very damp, and regardless of the way it was built it should be dry. I would suspect an ingress of water somewhere. Could be the roof leaking or the bottom of a upvc door sill could be blocked and is overflowing. You may have an old inlet gully outside of the porch for collecting rain water from the gutters, this could be cracked or blocked and letting water sit against the porch.

An experienced builder should be able to spot the issue, but your next problem is finding someone who will solve the problem in one go rather than trying 6 different things each time charging you for the repairs. Maybe get 3 quotes and see what they each think is the issue, they may all have the same conclusion.

Good luck
dan

Answered 14th Feb 2012

Local patios and driveways

Member since 24 Jan 2012

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