Damp Proofing Question

Why does my boiler cupboard smell damp?

We recently moved in to a property and have noticed a damp smell coming from the cupboard which contains the boiler, and the kitchen cupboards close by which contain pipes.

There is no visual sign of a leak or of damp, but a damp smell, which in the last couple of days seems to have got stronger. The property is warm and is kept well ventilated.

Any ideas what it could be? Ideally want to try and work it out without having to start ripping out walls and cupboards!

No damp problem was noted on the home buyers report, and certainly didn't notice any smell when we viewed it.

2 Answers

Hi there
It does sound like there is a damp problem,as the cupboard should be warm enough to stop any condensation forming,if there is no rising damp (unless it was missed in the survey) then it must be a slow leak on a pipe,have a plumber come in and check the pipes,its a case of elimination.

Answered 5th Jan 2013

Trident Damp

Member since 26 May 2011

Hi , FIRSTLY make sure its not carbon monoxide as smells very similar when enclosed in a small space , hopefully its not and is therefore damp must , this can be from heat in the cupboard cooling on the mains cold pipe feed , make sure the boiler cupboard has ventilation , put a damp collector box in and monitor . insulate cold feed pipe .

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Answered 11th Jan 2013


Member since 25 Nov 2009

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