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Update on 'damp' situation

After much research, and I mean MUCH research, I came to the conclusion this surveyor wall talking complete B.S. If you type into google "rising damp is a myth" a whole world of reasons and explanations evolve as to why rising damp is not possible. I probably wouldn't go as far to say it's a myth, there are all sorts of phenomenons in the world that go against scientific rule.. But what I did learn was that TRUE rising damp was rare, and a massive amount of rising damp diagnosis is incorrect.

I look at my walls, they are not damp visibly. They are cold to touch, but we have no central heating. Could this be contributor? Symptoms for rising damp: Salt deposits. We have none. A 'tide line' - we don't have this either. Zilch evidence to suggest any form of rising damp. Is it really 'rising' damp or is it something else? Why pay 2-3k for a damp treatment that wasn't needed and simply just wont work if it's caused by something else. The surveyor never even looked around the exterior of the property. Maybe it was our pointing, maybe a blocked drain? How did he know? He didn't even check. What he did say, were statements like "I don't know how you live here - it's so damp!" and "No buyer will be able to get a mortgage on a house this damp" He even went on to tell us what work was needed doing, time scales and when I asked "what if we don't get the damp sorted?" He was quite insistent that it HAD to be sorted. Almost like there was no way out. I should also point out that he wanted to rip our kitchen apart to inject the walls behind the counters. A lot of work yes?

So I researched him. He was from an actual damp proofing company. Surely that's a conflict of interests? How can he work on behalf of himself looking for work and in the interests of someone else trying to stay clear of huge faults? If you invite a builder into your home, chances are he's going to find something. If you look, fault will be found, pretty much always. I invited this man who cures damp for a living, to look for damp, and guess what he found it. Now, the biggest problem is, his word is god. He writes a report condemning the house, the house is condemned. Mortgage lenders wont lend, and the problem NEEDS to be addressed. We are required to buy this damp treatment off of him. But how can you be sure he isn't just a con-artist? I totally wasn't convinced.. How can there be a problem, when there isn't even signs of one?

I called in for back up. I thought about getting our own survey done, from an independent surveyor with no interest in selling us his company.. But then I thought - If we didn't believe our buyers surveyor, why would they believe ours? It's a tricky situation. Would it be worth the cost? So I got a bog-standard home renovation company to come and give me a quote. They didn't JUST sell damp proofing, so they would be more likely to be honest. Well, that was my thoughts anyway. Maybe the pointing needs re-doing, maybe that's more expensive anyway? Or a whole range of issues, at least I'd get a real reason answer. They came and completely dispelled everything the surveyor had said to us! There was the ODD high reading, and certainly not enough to justify a whole house damp-course treatment. Now, problematically, his word doesn't account for a lot as he's not a damp 'specialist' so I have been told. But to have one person at least on my side, makes me hopeful that this whole situation is a complete scam! This guy was abusing his position, and it was, in my eyes at least, and is a total con! Unfortunately, I don't believe everyone he visits has the knowledge to question his judgement - imagine how many people are paying for this unnecessary treatment because he's said it's required? This is NOT a one-off case, this happens every single day. This is COMMON. This is normal. Why isn't this regulated? Why isn't trading standards onto this?! I still have a long way to go to dis-prove this company condemning my property! But one disagreement means there will be another out there, surely?!

Don't get scammed kids, get even!

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