Damp Proofing Question

What do i do about damp in my basement?

We live in a Victorian terrace with a cellar. It has been converted by use of a wooden frame, plasterboard and plaster. There is a gap to the walls and the walls are covered in a plastic membrane. We have recently a bad damp smell. What can we do? Obviously we can't get to the walls as they have all been covered up. Thanks

2 Answers

did you fit any vents in the walls if there is no air flow the plastic membrane will be sweting and thats why you have a bad damp smell

Answered 15th Mar 2012


Member since 11 Jun 2008

All depends on the type of membrane used and the method used to fix it to the walls you would really need someone to look at it ,or find the builders who installed the membrane ,the damp smell will be caused by lack of ventilation if you have no air vents,is there a bathroom in the basement compounding the problem,all this will come from within the living space,if it is coming from behind the boarded walls you have a larger problem,you really need to have it looked at by a damp specialist with a meter to check moisture levels and if there is any dampness in the boards.no definite answer can be given via messages
good luck

Answered 22nd Mar 2012

Trident Damp

Member since 26 May 2011

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