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Rising damp debate
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What is a damp proof course?
However prior to the war years we used a very different system and this is where we allowed properties to breathe. This is because they were often built with a lime mortar that allowed dampness to get into the wall but then also to breathe and evaporate or dissipate.
Nearly every good building surveyor has a view on whether a damp proof course is necessary or not however we find that nearly everyone in the damp proof industry has the view that a damp proof course is necessary!
Let's talk to the Experts
Building Research Establishment
The Building Research Establishment or the BRE were once a Government research resource that looked at the building industry. Generally their information is considered to be very good and unbiased. We used to say that they were considered the research specialists in the building industry but we have had comments on previous articles that they are now purely a commercial concern and there are many others available. That aside, the Building Research Establishment does say there isn't any such thing as rising damp in articles, yet equally sell a lot of books on the subject of rising damp and also have carried out research for rising damp companies. All very confusing.
What is the BRE Digest 245?
The BRE Digest is a document written by the British Research Establishment explaining about damp. We have a copy if you are interested in reading it.
Let's talk to the Users
Whilst we appreciate this isn't a specialist website and has lots of opinions and there are often conflicting comments, we do think this is a great website so if you haven't visited MoneySavingExpert.com we would recommend that you do.
There is a forum section which discusses the rising damp myth at length and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors sometimes known as RICS and also how damp meters are not used correctly.
There are various comments which we believe are good common sense comments such as waiting for six months before doing anything, which we would say is generally a good thing with a house as nothing happens that fast.
There are people on the moneysavingexpert.com website who obviously work in the trade, who advise that they have installed damp proof courses and seen it working. There are also arguments that chemical damp proof courses are useless and others saying that they hold BBA Certificates and there are British Standards that recommend their installation.
The use or misuse of damp meters often known by the trade name of protimeters
BBA Certificates are often quoted by the damp proof companies when advertising damp proof course. For those not in the industry you are probably asking what on earth are BBA Certificates. These are the British Board of Agrement Certificates and they rate various products including, we are advised by many damp proofing companies, that BBA Certificates are available for chemical damp proof courses. As we understand it, the BBA does test and report on all products and can be sponsored by a company, very much in the same way that the BRE can now have sponsored research carried out.
Mortgage companies and dampness
Often you will find with a mortgage company who has carried out a valuation via its mortgage valuation surveyors that they can ask that various sums of money are retained due to dampness. We have seen on most of these that they recommend you consult a damp proof specialist such as a member of the BWPDA (The British Wood Preserving & Damp-proofing Association) which are part of the Property Care Association.
Qualifications and rising damp
There is a number of qualifications and companies that you will come across, the BWPDA is probably the one most frequently mentioned within surveyors reports but we also come across such qualifications as the CSSW ( Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) and the CSRT ( Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment).
There is also the role of trade institutes within the rising damp environment such as the Property Care Association. We are not certain whether they are a ‘professional company' or if they are a promotional company for the damp proofing industry.
The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is a professional body that represents the public's interests first as it is chartered and upholds standards for the surveyors within it.
Rising damp Myth – the book by Jeff Howell
What a great read this book is. Jeff Howell is an author of many books and a chartered building surveyor, chartered builder and ex-bricklayer who carried our research whilst lecturing at South Bank University in relation to rising damp and simply couldn't get the damp to rise.
Other articles that may be of interest
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