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Removing decking - how difficult?

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piglet81 Fri 10-Nov-17 22:52:31

We have a terraced house with decking in the side return and have just discovered a damp problem in the kitchen and hallway. Looks like the decking might be the culprit, letting water seep in. Anyway, obviously need to investigate properly but I think the first thing to do is to remove the decking (which we never liked anyway) and get some air circulating. I have no idea how DIY-able this is - has anyone done it, or are we going to need to get someone in? We are not especially handy but have just spent £££ on other house stuff shock so if we can manage to save some money that would be great. Am terrified that we're going to discover the whole downstairs of the house is like a sponge!

PurplePillowCase Fri 10-Nov-17 22:58:23

removing it is easy - however it depends a lot on what's beneath how to make good etc.
do you know where the pipes are? could if be a collapsed drain?

piglet81 Fri 10-Nov-17 23:02:06

Absolutely no bad drain smell or anything though. Good to hear it should be possible to remove though.

AlternativeTentacle Fri 10-Nov-17 23:02:22

if the decking is above a damp proof course then yes it could well be the culprit. it is usually a grid of wooden 2x2 with the boards screwed on top. dead easy to remove. id remove the ones nearest the damp areas first ans see what is going on.

TeamRick Sat 11-Nov-17 00:29:01

We took ours up in the spring with a gorilla crowbar! A very satisfying experience!

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