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The people next door have damp and the think it's coming from my brick outhouse. A few years ago they knocked down their side of the outhouse which extends form the back wall of the houses. We didn't …
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3m, 2w agoPosted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
The people next door have damp and the think it's coming from my brick outhouse. A few years ago they knocked down their side of the outhouse which extends form the back wall of the houses. We didn't have damp on the party wall when they suggested our outhouse was causing damp on their side. They want me to demolish the outhouse but I don't want to do that and since then they have taken on themselves to mess with the roof of my outhouse including applying tar and an rim to stop rain water falling their side, even-though the slop falls my side.

I know the is no damp in my outhouse as I use it to store stuff I want to keep and check it at regular times. Just wondering if anyone has experience of a similar problem, we've not fallen out with them but I don't like them messing on my property without even asking me first. When it start they came around with some "expert" and I showed them my side of the house wall and inside the outhouse and their was clearly no damp or water gathering in the floor of the outhouse.
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3m, 2w agoPosted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Buy a damp meter and test yourself. Cheap enough as they start at £10.
#2
it's awkward because you always want to have good relations with your neighbours. but on the other hand they will take liberties unless you set boundaries. it is not okay for them to put tar on your shed roof without asking you.
#3
wayners
Buy a damp meter and test yourself. Cheap enough as they start at £10.

I don't see what that will prove. I decorated the room the other side to where they say they have damp only 18 months ago. 12 months ago I invited them around to check the wall and the outhouse with their "expert" who seemed like an odd job man. He agreed the was no sign of damp.

I think where they have knocked down their outhouse they failed to damp proof the newly exposed part of their outside wall. Now they have built a plastic patio over it leaving a gully between our outhouse and their patio a gap of about ten inches. I think that wall unexposed to the weather for 120 years is now sucking in any moisture it can get. It's showed on their side and according the them has gone right up to their ceiling. On my side I think it's just showing side and the paper is peeling but everything is fine above about waste hight.
#4
put up some pictures of the walls showing the drainage etc.

I'd be looking at DPC, ground levels, ground slope, drainpipes and guttering, pointing. Is their wall rendered? whats it made of etc....
#5
cross posted :-)

If their damp goes up to the ceiling then def look at gutters, drainpipe, roof and condition of the wall. Also windows above the damp.
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PulisOut
wayners
Buy a damp meter and test yourself. Cheap enough as they start at £10.

I don't see what that will prove. I decorated the room the other side to where they say they have damp only 18 months ago. 12 months ago I invited them around to check the wall and the outhouse with their "expert" who seemed like an odd job man. He agreed the was no sign of damp.

I think where they have knocked down their outhouse they failed to damp proof the newly exposed part of their outside wall. Now they have built a plastic patio over it leaving a gully between our outhouse and their patio a gap of about ten inches. I think that wall unexposed to the weather for 120 years is now sucking in any moisture it can get. It's showed on their side and according the them has gone right up to their ceiling. On my side I think it's just showing side and the paper is peeling but everything is fine above about waste hight.



​"but everything is fine above waist height"

it will be, as "rising" damp only rises upto 1m max.
#7
Rich069
PulisOut
wayners
Buy a damp meter and test yourself. Cheap enough as they start at £10.
I don't see what that will prove. I decorated the room the other side to where they say they have damp only 18 months ago. 12 months ago I invited them around to check the wall and the outhouse with their "expert" who seemed like an odd job man. He agreed the was no sign of damp.
I think where they have knocked down their outhouse they failed to damp proof the newly exposed part of their outside wall. Now they have built a plastic patio over it leaving a gully between our outhouse and their patio a gap of about ten inches. I think that wall unexposed to the weather for 120 years is now sucking in any moisture it can get. It's showed on their side and according the them has gone right up to their ceiling. On my side I think it's just showing side and the paper is peeling but everything is fine above about waste hight.
​"but everything is fine above waist height"
it will be, as "rising" damp only rises upto 1m max.

Well I meant down not up :-) but that's my wall.

I just let them them get on with it really, as far as I'm concerned it's crazy to think my outhouse can cause damp in there house without causing it in mine first and without the being damp inside the outhouse. I mean water doesn't jump as far as I know.

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