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    damp or just old and grotty?

    not long moved and with xmas out the way its time to take up the redecorating again! dont think this house has seen a lick of paint in decades and have a damp problem over the external wall to the other side of the house but this room is next on the hit list with its ermm gorgeous wallpaper dating from the 1900's lol
    Does it look like damp to you or is it just grotty wallpaper?

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    Original Poster

    http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x254/mardy-ass/006-3.jpg

    Damp.
    Check outside the window that the soil or paving is not above the Damp Proof Course (DPC)

    wishing you good luck i'm in the same position mold on lower half of wall yuk old houses create moisture apparently

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    christuttiett;7491742

    Damp.Check outside the window that the soil or paving is not above the … Damp.Check outside the window that the soil or paving is not above the Damp Proof Course (DPC)

    its def not above the damp proof course outside,i just dont know how to go about this room,its a shame as its just shut up at the moment and would really like to use it hence it being next on the hit list,what would be best for keeping the damp at bay?

    having same problems myself our front bedroom is showing damp spots on the same wall as the window. dont know what to do about it too be honest.

    I'd strip the wallpaper off first so you can see exactly what's behind it.

    where are you mardyass i can see your garden and you have no snow.

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    check for missing pointing or any guttering problems that may cause water to come down the wall outside..
    heat and ventilation can only help. : )

    Looks like condensation to me :thumbsup:

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    maybe your radiator in that room would be better under the window. : )

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    greyparrot;7491968

    where are you mardyass i can see your garden and you have no snow.

    cos i took the piccy before xmas,we have lots of snow now!

    Is the floor wooden or concrete ? if concrete damp can come through the floor and up the walls.
    commenting from just a picture is not really possible,
    You should be able to get a damp proofing company to have a quick look for free :thinking:

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    surely your srvuer would have picked that up, what did that say

    Original Poster

    its council,the housing inspector "reckons" it isnt damp so they wont help in anyway

    the floor is old quarry tiles

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    Mardyass;7494008

    its council,the housing inspector "reckons" it isnt damp so they wont … its council,the housing inspector "reckons" it isnt damp so they wont help in anyway the floor is old quarry tiles



    oh sorry, well if this inspector knows it isnt damp what does he say it is? surely whatever it is it is still their problem, when you tap the wall is it hollow? by taking the paper off your going to have more of an idea

    Original Poster

    he said it was just old but they were in a hurry to relet the house
    im going to strip back the paper and see what lies beneath,from the lil bit ive torn off theres a large crack from the skirting up to the window

    the wall does sound hollow

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    Mardyass;7494071

    he said it was just old but they were in a hurry to relet the houseim … he said it was just old but they were in a hurry to relet the houseim going to strip back the paper and see what lies beneath,from the lil bit ive torn off theres a large crack from the skirting up to the windowthe wall does sound hollow



    then your plaster is blown, i would strip the wall and get them back out, i thought damp was black

    Original Poster

    so did i think that damp would be black,going to make a good go at getting the paper off over the next few days to see what lies beneath and then i think they will have to come and take another look at it

    they gave me a whole £10 decorating voucher for this room,somehow i think it may cost a tad more than a tenner to put it right lol

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    Mardyass;7494130

    so did i think that damp would be black,going to make a good go at … so did i think that damp would be black,going to make a good go at getting the paper off over the next few days to see what lies beneath and then i think they will have to come and take another look at itthey gave me a whole £10 decorating voucher for this room,somehow i think it may cost a tad more than a tenner to put it right lol



    better than a smack in the gob - lol


    how long has the house been empty? are you suffering from condnsation, cause that what it looks like more than damp

    Original Poster

    yeah terrible condensation the house was empty for a little over 2 months as the old lady that used to live here had passed away


    on the other side of the house that has been decorated the mould started growing within a few weeks of us moving in!

    Try to borrow a moisture meter, that will confirm if it is rising damp, it certainly appears to be to me.

    I am an ex-decorator of 20+ years. It is old paper and will soak up Damp like tissue paper whether it is damp now or not I can't say but I'm 100% the cause of the problem is dampness at some time. It could have been ages ago. Condensation tend to start at the top and turn black.

    You can get a foil lining paper that can be applied before wallpaper with a special adhesive..

    It may also be worth seeing if the plaster is right down to the floor surface, it shouldn't be.
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