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Is this quote reasonable for rising damp?

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Orda1 Wed 04-Nov-15 13:34:58

Hello all

I've recently bought a house which has one area of rising damp. I'm sorry I'm not very good at this sort of thing but it's a small dining room. We have had a quote from one of the main damp companies of PS1200 for 3 walls, this included plastering and making good etc.

I've tried so hard to get quotes from other companies but all the local ones seem to want to ignore me.

Does anyone know if this sounds vaguely reasons? We are in south East Anglia.

It's an 19th century terrace.

Thanks everyone

PigletJohn Wed 04-Nov-15 13:41:16

You would do better to find the source of the water and repair it. It might be a leaking gutter, downpipe or drain, or it might be paving or a flowerbed holding water against the wall, or it might be a leaking pipe or radiator. It could be a leak under the floor. Damp treatment will not cure any of these.

Is it in the kitchen?

Sunnyshores Wed 04-Nov-15 13:41:17

That sounds slightly high - maybe PS1000. Get 3 quotes

Orda1 Wed 04-Nov-15 13:49:06

No it's not in the kitchen, the man said it was definitely rising damp (I questioned him as I know it can often be misdiagnosed).

Another issue is one of the walls (the worst one) is a party wall. I've spoken to the neighbours who have no issues on their wall. Just read you have to give 2 months notice... As it's the party wall should it be a joint thing or not? Our neighbours are renting.

Orda1 Wed 04-Nov-15 13:49:20

P.s. Thank you.

OliviaBenson Wed 04-Nov-15 17:30:40

But what is causing the rising damp? It doesn't just happen. If it's a party wall, does your neighbours have a leaking pipe to their side? Rising damp is very rare, but if you do have it, there is a reason!

I'd take anything a damp salesman has to say with a pinch of salt, of course that's what he diagnosed.

PigletJohn Wed 04-Nov-15 17:51:42

is the floor solid or wooden?

do you and your neighbours have water meters?

lalalonglegs Wed 04-Nov-15 18:22:58

I don't think it is bad IF it is rising damp and if the company offers a guarantee. As other posters have said, it could quite possibly be somethinge lse and a damp expert salesman is not the right person to diagnose it.

SellFridges Wed 04-Nov-15 18:29:12

It won't be rising damp. We paid to have some done as you describe (although we paid about £700 I think) and it's reappeared within a few years. Having to go through a dispute with them to sort it.

We paid £325 subsequently for an independent damp survey who found the source of the problem and everything is currently drying up.

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